21 Dec 2016

Wellington Rugby not ruling out Filipo's return

7:30 pm on 21 December 2016

The Wellington Rugby Union will not rule out bringing back its disgraced player Losi Filipo on contract sometime in the future.

Wellington Rugby CEO Steve Rogers, left, and Losi Filipo

Wellington Rugby CEO Steve Rogers, left, and Losi Filipo Photo: RNZ / Supplied

Filipo was discharged without conviction following an assault on four people in downtown Wellington last year.

There was an uproar over the case and, following an appeal, Filipo was sentenced to supervision.

The union's chief executive, Steve Rogers, said it was maintaining contact with the player and would look at his future once his sentence was done.

An independent review of the case, out today, faulted the union for having an outdated stance that off-field behaviour was not its concern.

The reviewer, Dame Margaret Bazley, said such misconduct was bringing the game into disrepute and urgent action was needed to set standards.

She wanted a 10-year culture change plan set up and a new code of conduct to govern drunkenness, violence and inappropriate sexual behaviour.

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