14 Oct 2008

Broncos to control player drinking

7:50 am on 14 October 2008

The Brisbane Broncos will implement strict anti-alcohol measures at the National Rugby League club next season.

Accusations of a drinking culture at the club came after three players were investigated for an alleged sexual assault following a night out and captain Darren Lockyer was alleged to have crash tackled a bar owner in a separate incident.

The Broncos' get tough stance came after a two-day conference with new coach Ivan Henjak.

The rules will include no alcohol between Sunday matches and Friday night games, Sunday morning training sessions, Saturday night curfews and players to be stood down from first grade if they fail to follow the rules.

Broncos CEO Bruno Cullen says they won't ban drinking per se but we will have control over when they should drink and how much they should drink.