Brumbies to review code of conduct
March 27, 2000

ACT Rugby is launching a review of its code as a result of the case involving five players in Cape Town.

Three Brumbies were fined between 500 and 1.500 dollars (300-900 US) and received a two-match suspended ban while the other two were warned for allegedly damaging a taxi, refusing to pay the fare and disturbing patrons at a Cape Town restaurant.

The incidents involving Wallabies Joe Roff, Rod Kafer and Owen Finegan and their ACT teammates Bill Young and Peter Ryan occurred in the aftermath of the Brumbies' Super 12 win over the Stormers.

The team returned here Monday night with captain and flanker Brett Robinson saying the players were disappointed by what had happened within the team.
"We accept responsiblity for what occurred and we dealt with that within the disciplinary process that we had set up two years ago within our team," said Robinson.

Jones said the ACT was the first province to establish a code of conduct and welcomed the news the Australian Rugby Union would hold its own review of the disciplinary process.

"We were the province to put in our own code of conduct which we believe is quite a good code of conduct, but hopefully the disciplinary review by the ARU will help improve that code of conduct," Jones said.

Asked if there were any flaws in the ACT's code, Jones said: "I think there's flaws in every code of conduct. We are a young professional sport and we had the first version of the code of conduct and certainly I hope the next version is much improved.

"I think there can be improvements all across the board."

Jones, Robinson and Roff declined to comment on the specific incidents

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