Rugby League: Kidwell slams duo

Bromwich and Proctor had been in the Australian capital to play the annual Anzac Test against the Kangaroos, which the Kiwis resoundingly lost.

Speaking to media today, Kiwis coach David Kidwell announced that the pair have been deemed ineligible for selection for global rugby league's showpiece event, scheduled to take place from October 27 to December 2 later this year.

Kevin Proctor of the Titans has stood down as the team's co-captain.

Bromwich was suspended by the Storm for two games and handed a $20,000 fine while a punishment for Proctor is expected to be announced shortly.

Kidwell said: "I can't express my disappointment enough in their actions in the early hours of Saturday morning".

"I've made the decision, with the backing of the NZRL, that Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor will not be considered for the upcoming World Cup campaign", said Kiwis coach David Kidwell.

But Hayton told the Radio Sport Breakfast they're happy with the stance they've taken.

"We have to review (supervision), and we're going through that process at the moment".

Bromwich and Proctor said over the weekend they were too drunk to remember the incident, which followed their 30-12 defeat to Australia.

"Until that point, the Club will not make further comment".

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"I'm pretty gutted", Kidwell said.

"If the allegations are true. the actions of those players, it's not part of what we're trying to build in the Kiwi camp", he said on the show.

Rugby league players are public figures.

"Now we move forward and focus on the Rugby League World Cup". "We try and use our senior Kiwis as role models for people to inspire to and we fell let down".

It's believed another player was also involved. The Club is now making endeavours to speak to the player and the NRL and will provide an update when appropriate.

He said the governing body and players agreed with his stance.

"We had an issue out of the 2013 World Cup".

The local man has been charged in connection with the incident, police are still investigating Bromwich and Proctor.

Police allegedly observed Crowther on CCTV video preparing a white powder on his phone, before handing it to the two men, who rolled up bank notes and consumed the substance.

  • Toni Ryan