6 Apr 2012

Byrnes to face code of conduct charge

5:09 pm on 6 April 2012

The Melbourne Rebels lock Adam Byrnes has been charged with a code of conduct breach over quoted comments about New South Wales Waratahs centre Tom Carter who had accused him of eye-gouging.

Governing body SANZAR has laid the new charge over remarks attributed to Byrnes in a newspaper article two weeks ago following his successful appeal against a 10-week Super Rugby ban for dangerous play.

In the Daily Telegraph story Byrnes said he believed Carter had brought the game into disrepute and described his action in following through his complaint as a "disgrace".

He now faces a hearing for the code of conduct charge by SANZAR judicial officer Nigel Hampton QC on Tuesday.

Byrnes hasn't played since the second round clash with the Waratahs on March 2nd which led to Carter's claim as he suffered an arm injury but he's on track to come back for the return match against NSW on April 21st.

In the newspaper article, Byrnes criticised Carter for supplying a written report to the SANZAR judicial panel which banned him.

His suspension was later overturned when the appeals committee found there was not enough evidence to support such a serious charge.