Australia’s Dane Haylett-Petty, who was one of Australia’s standout players in the recent test series against England, has been fined almost £3,000 (5,000 AUD) for urinating in a public place. His Western Force team mate Pek Cowan has received a similar fine.
According to Sky Sports, The Western Force pair have both been fined £2,923 (5,000 AUD) for “breaching team leadership standards” during last weekend’s Super Rugby trip to South Africa during which they faced the Cheetahs.
As a further sanction, Cowan has lost the Western Force captaincy and Haylett-Petty the vice-captaincy. Cowan was fined for “gaining unauthorised access to a team vehicle after the team-agreed curfew of 1.00am”.
An ARU statement said:
“The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today determined sanctions against Western Force players Pek Cowan and Dane Haylett-Petty after the pair were relieved of their leadership roles by the club for the remainder of the 2016 Super Rugby season for breaching team leadership standards while on tour in South Africa last weekend.”
This comes as a further blow to the Western Force after they lost for the second week running, losing 22 – 3 to the Stormers at home having previously lost to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Indeed, the Force have only won two games all season, against newly-formed franchise the Sunwolves and against the Reds back in March. They remain rooted firmly to the bottom of the Australasian group in the tournament.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena