25 Aug 2009

Suspended Kelston players' appeal supported

10:00 pm on 25 August 2009

The Rugby Players Association says Kelston Boys High School is doing the right thing by appealing against suspensions imposed on its players.

Following an on-field brawl on 15 August, five Kelston players were suspended from playing all rugby for periods ranging from 10 to 16 months.

They have now lodged appeals on the grounds the penalties are manifestly excessive.

Players from Auckland Grammar were suspended for up to seven weeks for their part in the brawl.

Association chief executive Rob Nichol says it is a bold move by Kelston, but one he supports.

He says the guidelines that determine the penalties are very broad and he believes Kelston is doing the right thing.