10 Jul 2009

Worried players prompt RUPA investigation of Tuqiri sacking

9:28 am on 10 July 2009

The Rugby Union Player's Association says some Wallabies are feeling fearful and intimidated in the wake of winger Lote Tuqiri's sacking.

The association has announced it is launching an investigation -- headed by an unnamed "high-profile" retired judge - into the reasons why the dual international had his contract worth up to $1 million a year ripped up by the Australian Rugby Union.

Tuqiri's manager Les Ross has also issued a statement confirming the superstar's lawyer Mark O'Brien has started proceedings in the NSW Supreme Court against the ARU for breach of contract.

The association's chief executive Tony Dempsey says several Wallabies, including captain Stirling Mortlock, support the Association's action as they seek answers over Tuqiri's dismissal.

Announcing the sacking last week, the ARU cited an alleged breach of the player code of conduct but declined to give any detail of the offence because of possible legal action.