Blues scrumhalf Taniela Moa has been ‘stood down’ by the Blues for their Super 14 match against the Lions on Friday, as part of the misconduct process he is going through with the Blues and the New Zealand Rugby Union.
Moa was involved in an incident, where a bottle was thrown, at a rugby club in Auckland on Saturday, March 28, and the NZRU has started a misconduct process.
“Taniela and the Blues management have come to an agreement whereby he will be stood down for this Friday’s match,” NZRU General Manager Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen said.
“He has accepted that, given the circumstances, it would not be appropriate for him to be playing while he is still going through the misconduct process,” Sorensen added.
Moa’s misconduct hearing is scheduled to take place next week, and Sorensen said the one-match stand down would, in accordance with usual practice, be taken into account in any outcomes from the misconduct process.
The Collective Employment Agreement (CEA) between the NZRU and its professional players includes a formal process for investigating any incidents of misconduct.
The potential penalties for misconduct, if proven, are substantial and can include a formal warning, a fine, suspension from playing and/or a termination of a player’s contract.Tweet