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Kiwi league players under investigation for alleged drug use

09 May 2017, 07:40 | Kristen Gross

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New Zealand and Titans star Kevin Proctor

Bromwich stood down as national captain after it was alleged in court he and Proctor bought the drug following Friday's defeat by Australia.

Bromwich was stood down from the club's leadership group and forced to donate his Test fee to a charity, while Proctor has yet to face sanction from the Gold Coast board.

"We have values to uphold, and I can't express enough that they have broken my trust, their teammates' trust".

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

The dropping of both men will be a huge blow for New Zealand's World Cup campaign, however it's understood the severe move will serve as a cultural warning to every other player in contention for the tournament.

Yesterday, New Zealand Rugby League took the bold step of axing two of their best from the upcoming World Cup.

But Hayton did not rule out the pair missing the World Cup or Bromwich losing his captaincy role.

Coach David Kidwell said he was disappointed to hear of the accusations when he appeared on Channel Nine's Sunday Footy Show.

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"We will work to try and remedy and build our trust back with the public".

The scandals are among a blizzard of drug allegations that have put rugby league authorities in Australia and New Zealand on the defensive.

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

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.

Bromwich and Proctor admitted in separate statements they were too drunk to remember if they took any illegal drugs early on Saturday after their heavy loss to the Kangaroos.

Another Kiwis player Shaun Kenny-Dowall, who wasn't selected for last week's Test, is due to face Sydney's Downing Centre local court on June 21 after being charged with drug possession.

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.

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