Rugby league-NZ's Bromwich, Proctor dumped from World Cup selection

Kiwis stars Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor have allegedly been caught attempting to buy cocaine outside a Canberra nightclub
Rugby league-NZ's Bromwich, Proctor dumped from World Cup selection
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09 May, 2017

Bromwich was stood down from the club's leadership group and forced to donate his Test fee to a charity, while Proctor has yet to face sanction from the Gold Coast board.

Their national coach, David Kidwell, said he had no tolerance for such behaviour.

"I can't express my disappointment enough in their actions in the early hours of Saturday morning".

New Zealand coach David Kidwell previously stated they would be looking to make a stance on the incident.

Kidwell said Bromwich and Proctor's axing showed "no one is bigger than the team". "Now we move forward and focus on the World Cup".

Speaking to media today, Kiwis coach David Kidwell announced that the pair have been deemed ineligible for selection for worldwide rugby league's showpiece event, scheduled to take place from October 27 to December 2 later this year.

He has already stepped down from playing duties for the Titans, as well as the captaincy.

Kevin Proctor has also stood down from his role as co-captain of the Titans.

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Hayton said he was fully supportive of the stance taken by Kidwell.

The NZRL announced the decision to exclude Bromwich and Proctor from their World Cup plans on Monday afternoon.

The World Cup will be held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, running through to December 2.

Melbourne Storm prop Bromwich, 28, has also been suspended for two games by his club and ordered to have counselling and treatment courses.

The allegations came after Canberra man Adrian Mark Crowther, 38, appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Saturday after allegedly selling cocaine to the duo. Proctor has said he was too drunk to remember the incident and he could not deny the allegations.

Police allegedly observed Crowther on CCTV video preparing a white powder on his phone, before handing it to the two men, who rolled up bank notes and consumed the substance.

Rugby league great Peter Sterling has called for harsher penalties for players found guilty of drug offences, declaring they are doing immeasurable damage to the sport.


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