23 Apr 2009

NZ rugby union laments yet another top player getting in trouble

6:19 pm on 23 April 2009

Yet another top rugby player is in trouble with the law.

The Blues winger Rene Ranger has been stood down by the Blues and the New Zealand Rugby Union for this weekend's Super 14 match against the Queensland Reds as part of an investigation into an altercation last weekend.

The New Zealand rugby union's General Manager of Professional Rugby Neil Sorenson says the 22-year-old Ranger was involved in a physical altercation in Matakana, north of Auckland, on Saturday night and the matter's being investigated by police.

Sorenson says the union and the Blues have also started a misconduct investigation and Ranger accepts it would be inappropriate for him to be play this weekend.

Sorenson says the NZRU's "incredibly frustrated and extremely disappointed" at ongoing incidents of misconduct involving its professional players and will continue discussions with the New Zealand Rugby Players Association and franchises to ensure that all reasonable efforts are being made to address the issue.