Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor out of World Cup after cocaine allegations
- Author: Joe Gonzales May 09, 2017,
May 09, 2017, 7:40
Bromwich and Proctor are alleged to have purchased cocaine following New Zealand's 30-12 ANZAC Test defeat to Australia in Canberra on Friday, and Kiwis head coach David Kidwell announced the axing of the pair with the backing of New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) ahead of the 2017 World Cup, which gets underway on October 26.
National Rugby League (NRL) head Todd Greenberg said this afternoon he was satisfied with the punishment given to Bromwich by the Melbourne Storm.
"We take great pride in our game, in our values of integrity, respect, leadership, courage and passion and under no circumstances do we consider that this behaviour is acceptable nor to be tolerated".
"I regret making the choice of staying out with my teammates until the early hours of Saturday morning, as well as consuming an excessive amount of alcohol", Bromwich said.
"We have values to upload, they have broken my trust, their teammates' trust and the trust of the New Zealand public".
"In our Te Iwi Kiwi house no-one is bigger than the team".
New Zealand Rugby League plans to meet with Kiwi League team management, senior players and key NZRL staff this week.
But Hayton did not rule out the pair missing the World Cup or Bromwich losing his captaincy role.
Kevin Proctor faces the Gold Coast Titans board this week after stepping down as co-captain after the drug-taking allegations on the night of the Kiwis test.
Coach David Kidwell said he was disappointed to hear of the accusations when he appeared on Channel Nine's Sunday Footy Show.
New Zealand faces Samoa, Scotland and Tonga in pool play at the World Cup. Proctor has said he was too drunk to remember the incident and he could not deny the allegations.
The 28-year-old has been suspended for two games by club side Melbourne Storm and ordered to undergo counselling and treatment courses.
ACT Police said a man had been charged for possession and supply of a drug of dependence to two NRL players.
Titans chief executive Graham Annesley on Sunday said he would reach out to the governing body over why there wasn't stricter supervision of players whilst on representative duties.