Blues booze cruise rumbles on


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It appears that All Black lock Ali Williams may not be the only Blues player guilty of touring midemeanours.

In what surely hints at deeper trouble in the Blues camp, manager Ant Strachan was unable to confirm whether Williams, who was sent home earlier this week, was the only player guilty of breaking player protocol.

Speaking to New Zealand newspaper the Dominion Post, all Strachan could answer to the question posed of whether more players were headed for discipliniary action was “not at this point”.

“I’m not going to deal with that. We have dealt with Ali and now we want to focus on the game,” Strachan said.

However, as more detail emerges of the trouble in the Blues’ camp, the more intriguing the whole issue becomes.

Ali Williams flew to South Africa, but after an inquest during the flight, in which a senior players’ council was prominent and influential, he was sent home immediately upon arrival.

Williams’ s infringements upon protocol reportedly included drinking the night before game, a rude remark to a worker apparently at Sydney Airport and other “misdemeanours”.

The lock’s misbehaviour smacks of disenchantment with the powers-that-be in the Blues set-up, and if other players are on the verge of incurring similar censure, then the Blues may have greater problems than the prospect of facing a the formidable Sharks on Saturday in Durban.


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