Crusaders tackled about behavior

Sports | 22 May 2019

New Zealand Rugby has launched an inquiry into allegations Canterbury Crusaders players engaged in homophobic abuse and groped a woman during a trip to South Africa.

Executive Nigel Cass said a lawyer had been engaged to investigate.

"These allegations are about abuse, inappropriate and offensive behavior, and we do not tolerate this," he said, noting that the players cited denied the claims.

One incident allegedly involved a group linked to the Crusaders making homophobic and threatening remarks at a Cape Town fast food eatery on Saturday after the Super Rugby side's 19-19 draw with the Western Stormers.

The other reportedly took place a week earlier in the same city, when a player is accused of spitting beer on a woman in a bar then pinching her bottom.

Media in New Zealand named the player in the bar as fly-half Richie Mo'unga, while coach Scott Robertson said winger George Bridge was among the group in the restaurant.

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