24 May 2010

Checks on children's rugby coaches taking too long - NZRU

9:44 am on 24 May 2010

Plans to run police checks on children's rugby coaches are on hold after the New Zealand Rugby Union found the process took too long.

The NZRU ran a two-year trial with police vetting all junior coaches in three provincial unions.

It says the process of registering coaches and getting the results back to the provinces, can take up to two months.

The union says it has been discussing with the police how the process can be sped up and hopes to restart the trial next year.

Police say they deal with more than half a million such vetting applications per year and have invested in IT improvements to speed the process.