20 Sep 2009

Review of ARU disciplinary panel urged

5:43 am on 20 September 2009

A former All Black who backed a successful appeal by students against their match bans says the Auckland Rugby Union should reassess how it chooses the members of its disciplinary panel.

The union's appeal panel has reduced the bans for the five Kelston Boys High School students involved in a brawl with Auckland Grammar School players last month to between four and 14 weeks.

They were originally banned for up to 16 months. However, Auckland Grammar students received bans of up to seven weeks.

Former All Black winger Va'aiga Tuigamala says all the boys wanted was a fair punishment.

He says the selection of people sitting on disciplinary panels and the disciplinary process itself should be reviewed.