Drunken Sailor suspended, fined & to undergo ARU hearing



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Waratahs winger Wendell Sailor has been suspended and fined for inappropriate behaviour while intoxicated in Cape Town on Friday night.

The New South Wales Rugby Union (NSWRU) in conjunction with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has agreed to conduct a Code of Conduct Hearing into the incident.

The decision has been taken following an approach from the NSWRU to the ARU seeking clarification on the status of a two match suspended sentence handed down to Sailor following an incident in Cape Town prior to a Wallabies match last year.

ARU Managing Director Gary Flowers advised the NSWRU that the sentence pre-dated the ARU Disciplinary Protocol Review and thus applied to Wallaby assemblies only.

After further discussions, both NSWRU Chairman Arvid Petersen and ARU Managing Director Gary Flowers agreed a Code of Conduct hearing was the appropriate way to proceed following a team Disciplinary Hearing in Cape Town this morning.

“The Waratahs acted quickly in conducting an internal Disciplinary Committee hearing, however, because of the significance of the issue, both the NSWRU and the ARU agree further action is warranted.” Mr Flowers said.

“The NSWRU is concerned about the image of our game – obviously in circumstances where an individual has re-offended, that is something that the NSWRU takes extremely seriously. We believe this process is the most appropriate course of action to achieve this goal.” said Mr Petersen.

A NSWRU Tribunal aims to convene this week, chaired by an independent senior legal practitioner or retired judge, a representative of the NSWRU and a representative of the ARU. 

Sailor reportedly pushed a fellow nightclub patron to the ground outside the club after he had gone outside to make a phone call.

“The guy was in my space and I was outside trying to make a call and he was following me, but still, I’m a bit better than that, and it’s obviously not something I need to be doing in the position I’m in,” he said.

Sailor said he had also vomited outside the club (rumoured to be “The Pulse”), but could not really remember the scuffle. “Probably had a few too many drinks at the bar in that space of time,” he said.

He will now miss next Saturday’s match against the Bulls in Pretoria.

“It’s going to hurt me missing this game, it hurt me missing last week’s game and I think that was half the reason I went out on Friday night,” Sailor added.

“I’m pretty disappointed with myself, and it’s obviously a very depressing day for me as we really should have been talking about what a good win it was by the Waratahs.”

Sailor will return home on Tuesday from South Africa.

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