Highlander suspended over serious misconduct

Manaaki Selby-Rickit of Southland. Photo: Getty Images
Manaaki Selby-Rickit. Photo: Getty Images
Highlanders lock Manaaki Selby-Rickit has been suspended from rugby for four weeks, after he was found guilty of serious misconduct by a New Zealand Rugby Misconduct hearing.

Selby-Rickit – who was last month convicted of injuring with reckless regard – acknowledged his behaviour did not meet the standard required of a professional rugby player, a statement from New Zealand Rugby said today.

New Zealand Rugby Head of Professional Rugby Chris Lendrum said the new Highlander signing would not be available for two of the Highlanders’ two pre-season fixtures, or the first two Investec Super Rugby games of 2020.  He will be permitted to train with the team.

“We have made it clear that there is no place in rugby for violence and we expect better decisions from players when it comes to alcohol.  Manaaki has been formally sanctioned with a warning, and we are requiring him to undergo counselling.”

New Zealand Rugby, the Highlanders and Selby-Rickit have also agreed a programme of counselling and monitoring to ensure he is committed to rehabilitation.






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