Aussie duo get cup curfew
Australia's World Cup revellers have been warned over their futures, after an all-night drinking session.
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 15/08/07 8:24am
Australian World Cup duo Lote Tuqiri and Matt Dunning have been warned over their futures, after an all-night drinking session in Brisbane.
The pair have been handed a midnight curfew for the tournament in France after their antics at a World Cup training camp.
Australian Rugby Union (ARU) chief executive John O'Neill said: "The ARU has made it abundantly clear to both players how disappointed we are that they put themselves in harm's way and that the warning they have been issued should not be taken lightly.
"Being a Wallaby is an honour, not a right. These individuals are looked up to by the community and there are high standards they are expected to meet."
It is far from ideal preparation for the Wallabies as they look to go one better than their 2003 final appearance, at September's tournament in France.
O'Neill continued: "Exposing themselves, the team and the game to intense and unnecessary scrutiny and criticism clearly does not meet these standards.
"We have told the players in no uncertain terms that this is a very serious warning they have been issued and that they should be very mindful of their conduct in the future, as a repeat of this behaviour will not be tolerated."
Coach John Connolly, team captain Stirling Mortlock, and team manager Phil Thomson were all involved in the disciplinary discussions, and O'Neill does not attribute any blame elsewhere.
"Stirling Mortlock's involvement and leadership in this has been first rate," he added.
"I believe that he and John Connolly and Phil Thomson and all the other players just want to get back on track now."
Australia have been drawn in Pool B at the World Cup, alongside Wales, Fiji, Canada and Japan, and begin their campaign against the Asians on September 8.