New Zealand duo Bromwich, Proctor axed from World Cup squad


New Zealand Rugby League says allegations that New Zealand captain Jesse Bromwich and team-mate Kevin Proctor purchased cocaine in the wake of their team's 30-12 loss to Australia in Canberra on Friday are being investigated.

Bromwich was already punished with a two-game ban by NRL club Melbourne, and was also forced to donate his Test match fee to charity and stood down from the leadership group.

"The Aquis Gold Coast Titans have this morning been made aware of an alleged incident involving co-captain Kevin Proctor last night in Canberra whilst representing New Zealand", Proctor's club said in a statement.

"They have broken the values and the standards we have set around the Kiwis".

"In our Te Iwi Kiwi house no-one is bigger than the team".

Both players could now be axed from the Kiwis' plans for this year's World Cup, with governing body New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) due to make a decision on any punishment within the next week.

The club said they had advised Proctor on Sunday that he would be issued with a breach notice giving him five business days notice to appear before the Titans' board to determine other actions or sanctions.

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Bromwich and Proctor were not the only ones caught up in drug accusations.

The scandals are among a blizzard of drug allegations that have put rugby league authorities in Australia and New Zealand on the defensive. "The rest of the night is a bit of a blur as I obviously had too much to drink before the incident", Proctor said.

The cocaine accused duo won't be in the squad for the World Cup.

According to ABC News, Adrian Mark Crowther was allegedly observed by Police preparing a white powder on his phone, before handing it to Proctor (pictured) and Bromwich, who rolled up bank notes and consumed the substance.

Titans chief executive Graham Annesley on Sunday said he would reach out to the governing body over why there wasn't stricter supervision of players whilst on representative duties.

ACT Police said a man had been charged for possession and supply of a drug of dependence to two NRL players.