20 Aug 2015

Child banned from rugby for referee assault

6:39 pm on 20 August 2015

An 11-year-old Auckland boy has been banned from rugby for two and a half years for assaulting a referee.

Rugby ball


The boy was in a Papatoetoe club team playing Marist Eastern when the attack happened in June.

The club said the ban was excessive for the boy's age and it would appeal against the decision.

The Auckland Rugby Union, which imposed the punishment, refused to comment while the appeal process was underway.