WARNING: Australian rugby union player Kane Douglas (right), pictured listening to his teammate Adam Ashley-Cooper during a press conference in Sydney, received a warning letter for breaching the Wallabies’ “culture” with a night out in Ireland. PHOTO: SAEED KHAN
WARNING: Australian rugby union player Kane Douglas (right), pictured listening to his teammate Adam Ashley-Cooper during a press conference in Sydney, received a warning letter for breaching the Wallabies’ “culture” with a night out in Ireland. PHOTO: SAEED KHAN

Booze Ban as Douglas part of late night drinking session

YAMBA'S Kane Douglas is one of 15 Australian rugby players subjected to disciplinary action following a late-night drinking session in Ireland.

Six players were handed a one-match ban, four received a stern verbal warning and five, including Douglas, received a letter.

The night in question was the Tuesday ahead of Saturday's crucial win over Ireland, coincidentally the first time the underperforming Wallabies have strung together two consecutive victories under coach Ewen McKenzie's tenure.

Despite no curfew, no training the next day, no official complaints or a ban on drinking, McKenzie took the hardline approach to highlight his expectations of the team.

"We will always take action in relation to examples of poor culture when it's warranted," McKenzie said.

"Doing nothing to address poor behaviour will never be an option. We've taken on the challenge of redefining our team culture.

"The worst thing you could do for the Wallabies in the long-term is do nothing because that would mean we would be ignoring poor culture and a significant performance issue."

Bob Thompson is president of Douglas' former club, the Yamba Buccaneers, and agreed with McKenzie's stance, especially given it was in the lead-up to an important match.

Senior player Adam Ashley-Cooper was one of the six slapped with a suspension.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

v Scotland

Sunday, Nov 24, 5am AEST

v Wales

Sunday, Dec 1 , 4am AEST



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