The South Canterbury Rugby Union has been found guilty of misconduct and fined $4500 plus $500 in costs after a disciplinary hearing triggered by complaints of misbehaviour on a charter flight from Gisborne on Sunday October 5
The NZRU Judicial Officer Bruce Squire QC also warned that any future misconduct could see South Canterbury penalised more severely.
The team was refused permission to board a connecting flight in Wellington after a flight attendant complained a player had made an offensive comment.
Mr Squire said he'd taken into account the financial position of South Canterbury, which did not accept all of the misbehaviour claims.
However he was satisfied the misconduct was proved and because there was a similar complaint last year a fine was imposed, rather than a repimand or caution.