No change in routine for Landers due to incidents

Aaron Mauger
Aaron Mauger
The Highlanders are not changing routines and have not put a curfew on players in Cape Town this week.

The behaviour of players has come under the microscope this week after two incidents involving Crusaders after a match against the Stormers in Cape Town last week.

The incidents are being investigated by the franchise and New Zealand Rugby.

Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger said no protocols had changed for the Highlanders this week.

"I'm confident in the environment that we have created for our boys, we will be fine. It is the world that we live in today and the way that we have to react," he said.

"But the values that we have and the balances that we look to instil in our guys .. . we should be fine."

Captain Luke Whitelock said the pillars around the team and the benchmarks set for the side should hold them in good stead.

He said the franchise held strong to its values which was something to be proud of. The players had not talked as a team specifically about what had happened in Cape Town last week.

"There are always plans in place whenever we are travelling, set by the leadership group and the management and this week is no real difference."

The side is unlikely to have too much time for celebrations or commiserations after the game tomorrow.

The team will be getting on the plane the next day to start the long haul back to Dunedin and is expected to land in the South early on Tuesday morning.

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