Rugby Union to appeal findings of grand final brawl investigation

RUGBY: The brawl happened at a match between the Gropers and Eagles.Photo: Getty ImagesTHE Hunter Junior Rugby Union (HJRU) executives will appeal judicial findings handed down last week on the under-15 grand final brawl between Nelson Bay Gropers and East Maitland Eagles.

President Greg Sellers said he could not comment on the findings as they were handed down by an independent judiciary of Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union, but said the executive was “not happy” with what it found.

“We were not happy with the findings and will be appealing,” Mr Sellers said.

On Monday, Mr Sellers said the two clubs involved in the September 6 brawl had not been notified of the findings, which were handed down last Friday.

The union was “taking this matter very seriously” to ensure the rugby union code was not brought into disrepute.

Further to the appeal, Mr Sellers said the HJRU would look to implement two new systems to deal with poor on-field and off-field behaviour next season.

It is hoped by the start of next season the Australian Rugby Union’s respect rugby program will be in place, as well as a disciplinary point system.

Mr Sellers said this would help keep the game fair, ensuring the code of conduct was adhered to and would go towards curbing any future incidents like an end-of-game brawl.

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