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    Wallabies v All Blacks - Bledisloe 3 2016

    Aaron Smith has stood down from Wallabies test



    Aaron Smith has stood down from Saturday's Bledisloe Cup test against the Wallabies at Eden Park in Auckland as the fallout from the disabled toilet incident in Christchurch continues.

    New Zealand Rugby on Monday conducted a disciplinary meeting with the All Blacks halfback, it announced.

    The misconduct proceedings followed revelations of an incident at Christchurch Airport on September 18, after the All Blacks' test win against South Africa the night before.

    The All Blacks star was seen entering a disabled toilet with a female. He was sent home from South Africa by the All Blacks touring party after the team learned of the incident earlier this month.

    The disciplinary matter was heard over two hours by a panel chaired by New Zealand Rugby General Manager Rugby Neil Sorensen.

    "It's important to note that as an employment matter, it is not usual to comment publicly on proceedings. However, both Aaron and his legal representative, and New Zealand Rugby acknowledge that in the circumstances, there is a need to make some public comment," Sorensen said.

    NZR said in a statement that "in light of the impact on the reputation of All Blacks jersey, and the commercial partners, Aaron's actions amounted to serious misconduct".

    Smith will be issued with a formal warning and he has voluntarily stood down from assembling with the All Blacks for Saturday's test in Auckland.

    He will forfeit his selection fees.

    The NZR statement said Smith is "committed to getting the support he needs to deal with personal issues and to work on his relationship with his partner".

    "Aaron presented himself as genuine, honest and incredibly remorseful. We have also taken into account the fact that the very public nature of this incident, has had a significant impact on him personally.

    "We accepted that he is genuine about wanting to improve himself and note that he himself has acknowledged he will need the support of his family, friends and Rugby to move forward.

    "We also noted that Aaron had already made a very public apology to his partner, friends and family, team mates, his employer, and rugby fans and he had already served a one-week stand down."

    According to the statement, both parties have agreed that no further comment will be made on the incident.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/a...wallabies-test

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    Stood Himself down? Is that appropriate? would it have been better for the union to "Stand him Down" and "Seize his selection fees"?

    TBH I'm not sure where I really stand on this one, I guess somewhere between not kicking a man when he's down and NZRU making the appointment of a standards committee actually worth something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    Stood Himself down? Is that appropriate? would it have been better for the union to "Stand him Down" and "Seize his selection fees"?

    TBH I'm not sure where I really stand on this one, I guess somewhere between not kicking a man when he's down and NZRU making the appointment of a standards committee actually worth something.
    He put himself in this situation in the first place so I don't think that it would be kicking a man while he's down, stinks of a PR stunt to make the penalty imposed seem big enough. Soft penalty in my opinion.

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    So to compare scrum halves .... hypothetically would Phipps have knocked a steward out of the way to get the toilet, then thrown her shoe across the concourse afterwards ... ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    Only if the steward tried to grab his balls
    Isn't that what got Smith into all the trouble?

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    Is the time on the front page correct? NZ are now under Daylight Savings so that makes the time difference 5 hours and the All Blacks website says that kick off is at 7:35pm so that would be 2:35pm Perth time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StimpsonJCat View Post
    Is the time on the front page correct? NZ are now under Daylight Savings so that makes the time difference 5 hours and the All Blacks website says that kick off is at 7:35pm so that would be 2:35pm Perth time?
    Something like that. Womens Bledisloe starts at 12, followed by Mens Bledisloe followed by NRC final (on Fox Sports)

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    And then you can finish yourself off by getting Chasing Great [Richie McCaw movie]on Foxtel's Main Event Channel 521 straight after although I reckon most Wallaby supporters will have seen enough of black jerseys earlier on in the day to last them for a while.

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    ALL BLACKS TEAM

    1. Joe Moody

    2. Dane Coles

    3. Owen Franks

    4. Brodie Retallick

    5. Samuel Whitelock

    6. Jerome Kaino

    7. Matt Todd

    8. Kieran Read

    9. TJ Perenara

    10. Beauden Barrett

    11. Julian Savea

    12. Ryan Crotty

    13. Anton Lienert-Brown

    14. Israel Dagg

    15. Ben Smith

    RESERVES

    16. Codie Taylor

    17. Wyatt Crockett

    18. Charlie Faumuina

    19. Liam Squire

    20. Ardie Savea

    21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow

    22. Aaron Cruden

    23. Malakai Fekitoa
    http://www.rugby.com.au/news/2016/10...eden-park-team

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    weak in the centres, we can unleash Foley

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    Matt Todd is the weak link, expect Hooper to dominate the battle of the breakdown

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    Quote Originally Posted by sittingbison View Post
    weak in the centres, we can unleash Foley
    haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by westies man View Post
    And then you can finish yourself off by getting Chasing Great [Richie McCaw movie]on Foxtel's Main Event Channel 521 straight after although I reckon most Wallaby supporters will have seen enough of black jerseys earlier on in the day to last them for a while.
    NRC Final > Ritchie McCaw wankfest.

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