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Henjak terminated!!! Subject to ARU approval.

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 19 Feb 2008 at 18:20
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The Rugby Western Australia Conduct Committee hearing into alleged breaches of the Australian Rugby Union Code of Conduct by Matt Henjak and Haig Sare that was adjourned on Wednesday 13 February 2008 was reconvened at 4.00pm today (Aus time).

The hearing has been concluded and the following statement from the Conduct Committee details its findings and decisions as reported by Rugby WA Chairman, Geoff Stooke:

CONDUCT COMMITTEE STATEMENT” –“The Committee has found that both Haig Sare and Matt Henjak breached the ARU Code of Conduct and the terms of their contract.Having considered all the circumstances surrounding the incident on the 10th of February 2008, submissions by their counsel and relevant prior record, the Committee has decided on the penalties mentioned below.The incident involved both players fighting in public, the Committee wishes to make it clear that such misconduct by the Emirates Western Force cannot be tolerated because of its substantial harm caused to all stakeholders.

In relation to Haig Sare’s culpability in the incident was considerably less than Matt Henjak, none the less the Committee considered it very serious in view of the fact that it was in the public domain.

The Committee has determined that the appropriate penalty for Haig Sare is the maximum fine available rounded off to $5,000 such fine to be paid from his net wages, and a suspension for a period of eight weeks effective from and including 15 February 2008.

In relation to Matt Henjak in addition to fighting in public the Committee was satisfied that he savagely punched Haig Sare when Haig was sitting down vulnerable and unable to defend himself. The Committee was unable to find any justification for that assault which probably caused Haig Sare’s jaw to be broken This conduct demonstrated, on the part of Matt Henjak gross irresponsibility and disloyalty to all Emirates Western Force Stakeholders.

In light of the circumstances and in particular Matt Henjak’s prior record the Committee recommended that the contract of Matt Henjak with the Emirates Western Force be terminated forthwith.”

The RugbyWA Board has met tonight and has acknowledged the findings and decisions of the Conduct Committee.

In accordance with the ARU Code of Conduct, the findings and decisions are subject to review by the Australian Rugby Union in consultation with RugbyWA.

The termination of a contract can only be approved by the ARU based on a recommendation from the Conduct Committee.

RugbyWA and the Emirates Western Force wishes to apologise to all its members, supporters, sponsors and all involved in Western Australian and Australian rugby for what has occurred. It is unacceptable and the penalties imposed reflect the serious nature of the breaches.

RugbyWA and the Emirates Western Force do not have a culture of alcohol abuse and anti social behaviour. What it does have is a small number of individuals who have let the organisation down badly by their unacceptable actions.

A need exists to help manage much of the behaviour and lifestyle issues relating to young men involved in professional sport and RugbyWA takes this responsibility very seriously. From time to time issues will arise with players and our initial approach is to not simply penalise but to also counsel and rehabilitate where possible. In support of this RugbyWA has in place various in-house programs relating to alcohol use and other lifestyle and social issues. For some time RugbyWA has engaged the services of experts in the areas of psychology, health, personal development and management to assist in these programs.

Despite having no major incidents in the first two years since the team’s establishment, this incident and the other major incident that occurred some months ago clearly indicates that more work is needed and the Board has resolved that this work will be done!

RugbyWA and the Emirates Western Force are committed to protecting the rugby brand and the interests of all those who are associated with and support our great game. At the same time, as a responsible employer, it will do all it can to support the welfare of its employees, including the player group. However, whilst on field performance is extremely important, it WILL NOT be put ahead of brand and culture!

This has been a difficult week for RugbyWA and the Emirates Western Force and we would like to thank all staff and management for their efforts during this time. We would also like to thank the Australian Rugby Union for their support and assistance.


  • 😯 😯

    HONESTLY not what I expected.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.02.08 18:22:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • This is a serious loss for the Force (on the field) IMO.

    The guy is a damn good scrumhalf.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.02.08 18:26:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I am stunned

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.02.08 19:47:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • I don’t know of any other player who this has happened to in recent times, actually ever.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.02.08 19:51:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • yeah, that’s what I was thinking too.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.02.08 20:11:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • There is another article on Fox that hasn’t caught up with this news yet that says should he have his contract ripped up he may play elsewhere or change to league.

    I would think we have enough good scrumhalves already.

    There is a very real possibility his contract could be torn up. Should the door be closed on him playing in Australia, Henjak would have two options, to try to secure a contract with an overseas club or switch to league.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.02.08 20:20:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I think he needs to go spend some time with Betty Ford first.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.02.08 20:24:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good on you…RugbyWA ,,, about time this loutish behaviour was stamped out forever…you have now set the standard for ALL franchises in the S14…so now, hopefully, violent behaviour, both on & off thr field, will result in “Zero Tolerance” ❗

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.02.08 21:33:39 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • It astounds me that Sare gets fined for being king hit… I mean WTF!?!?!

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.02.08 03:37:12 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Bryce.

    Yeah you do have to feel for the guy. I suspect cases like this were the origin of the phrase “adding insult to injury”

    From the statement above it seems that he had his fair share to do with causing/being involved with the fight.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.02.08 06:50:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The GOOD thing about this is that the Aussies are not going to get the “you tried to sweep it under the rug” allegations from all quarters ala the Tune and Sailor incidents.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.02.08 06:51:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Did not think the punishment would be this harsh. However, he was given a number of chances in the past. Enough is enough I suppose. Pity though, I really rated him as a scrummie.
    He could consider Ice hockey, there they can [email protected] each other all they want… 🙄

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.02.08 07:28:55 by shark-tank Reply

  • …hopefully he can skate….preferably on thin ice… 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.02.08 07:30:54 by shark-tank Reply

  • Quokking hell!

    Totally unexpected, but there is no place in a team sport for somebody who hits a team-mate when he is peacefully sitting down.

    Unless its Clyde Rathbone, then its fine. 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.02.08 08:58:40 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • “He could consider Ice hockey, there they can [email protected] each other all they want… :roll:”

    Did you see the Aussie rugby league footage from last weekend… HUGE all in brawl… they love the biff over here…

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.02.08 09:33:06 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • FORMER Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, who sent Matt Henjak home from the 2005 tour of South Africa, is prepared to offer the disgraced Western Force halfback another chance.

    Jones, soon to become director of rugby at English club Saracens, last night supported the ruling of the Rugby WA’s conduct committee that Henjak should be sacked for his attack on teammate Haig Sare at a Perth bar 11 days ago.

    But Jones said he would be willing to take on Henjak, who earned four national caps during his coaching reign, should the halfback be eligible to play in Europe.

    Eddie you good man.

    I understand the guy stuffed up BIG time but if he manages to turn himself around and gets his discipline sorted he has a great career ahead of him.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.02.08 16:09:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • A bit soon for that, surely? Doesn’t he need to get his drinking problem sorted out first?

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.02.08 16:11:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • It’s about time Rugby steps up to it’s social responsibilities !!!

    Well done Force !!! 💡

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.02.08 16:15:35 by The Brand Reply

  • The guy is a youngster who likes going on the piss.

    I wouldn’t call it a drinking problem by regular standards, by politically correct standards yes, but not by normal standards.

    it’s not like the guy is sneaking dops before and after training becasue he is an alcoholic.

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.02.08 16:16:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • KSA… he’s going out in public, getting drunk and causing fights in bars with his colleagues. He has lost his livelihood as a result of a number of unsavoury incidents inspired by excessive consumption of alcohol.

    That’s going to classify as a drinking problem in most people’s books 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.02.08 16:24:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • That’s going to classify as a drinking problem in most people’s books 😉
    20.02.08 16:24:34 – robdylan

    Need I mention a place called Kroonstad?

    Not to mention Pinetown… 😛

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.02.08 16:26:02 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • I grew up around Hatfield, ok?

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.02.08 16:29:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • And I don’t mean Hatfield, Toulon either…

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.02.08 16:30:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • say what you want about the aussies, but they have sound systems in place if you fall foul of whats acceptable. Its not the first time for henjak, fair enough i say.

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.02.08 16:36:21 by cab Reply


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