Titans skipper Proctor stands down over alleged drug incident
- Author: Douglas Reid May 09, 2017,
May 09, 2017, 7:42
Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor were spotted on CCTV allegedly consuming a white substance outside a Canberra nightclub after Friday's loss to the Kangaroos.
"I can't express my disappointment enough in their actions in the early hours of Saturday morning", Kidwell told reporters.
In a statement released by Melbourne Storm, Bromwich said: " I'd like to start by firstly apologising to my family, Melbourne Storm, New Zealand Rugby League, the NRL, my team-mates, the sponsors, and the members and fans.
"No one is bigger than the team, now we move forward and focus on the World Cup". In our own domestic game here we do drug education and we try and work with our rugby league community and try to promote making better decisions.
"We're going into a World Cup campaign and I want everyone to understand that we have values to uphold", said Kidwell.
"I had to look at the integrity of the jersey, the values we're trying to build here and they broke that trust", Kidwell said.
Bromwich also relinquished the national team captaincy.
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The decision to exclude the pair from the tournament, which will be held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, was taken after NZRL management and senior players met to discuss possible sanctions.
Yesterday, New Zealand Rugby League took the bold step of axing two of their best from the upcoming World Cup.
"We had an issue out of the 2013 World Cup".
Bromwich and Proctor said over the weekend they were too drunk to remember the incident, which followed their 30-12 defeat to Australia.
Bromwich will miss the club's next two NRL games against Gold Coast and South Sydney, will donate his $20,000 Test fee to charity and be required to undergo counselling.
While both players were named in court, neither has been charged with an offence.
Titans chief executive Graham Annesley on Sunday said he would reach out to the governing body over why there wasn't stricter supervision of players whilst on representative duties.