Rene Ranger faces disciplinary charges
Cape Town - Blues
centre Rene Ranger will face internal disciplinary charges and has
already been penalised by the state for being caught drink driving.
Ranger pleaded guilty to allegations of drinking and driving in an incident that transpired earlier this month.
He was given a fine of $800 and was banned from driving for a period of seven months.
Blues Rugby chief executive Michael Redman said they were very disappointed in Ranger's actions.
"We are disappointed in the poor choice that Rene made, especially for a player of his experience," Redman told Stuff.
"We have clear policies and guidelines that our players agree to that
include the behavior that we expect from them and they can expect of
"Rene has accepted responsibility for his actions and we will work
through an internal process with New Zealand Rugby now the outcome of
the legal process is known."
New Zealand Rugby general manager Neil Sorensen said he acknowledges
Ranger's apology and they will do what they can to provide the player
with the support he needs.
"We know that Rene has taken responsibility. He has apologised to his
employer and to those directly affected by his actions, and we commend
him for that," said Sorensen.
"Rene is also an experienced campaigner and is well aware of the high
standards that we set for all contracted professional players.
"Regardless of the outcome of the misconduct proceedings, we will
work with the New Zealand Rugby Players Association to look at the best
next steps in order to ensure Rene has access to the help he needs.