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Hurricanes to monitor post-GF team events

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/08/2016

The chief executive of the Hurricanes says his side's post-season celebrations will be closely monitored by management.

The Wellington-based side will face the Lions in the Super Rugby final on Saturday night and are considered favourites for the encounter.

But CEO Avan Lee says his squad will be well behaved regardless of the result.

The club has helped organise the post-game functions for the Hurricanes, from food to alcohol to the attendance lists.

"Management will be with the guys when they are together on Sunday as a group," Mr Lee told Radio Sport on Saturday.

"I don't want to be Big Brother about this but I do think there's been a number of incidents in various different sports that aren't a good look."

Mr Lee's comments come days after Chiefs players were alleged to have abused a stripper at a Mad Monday function at the Okoroire hot pools.

Players for the Hamilton-based club allegedly hired and then licked, groped and short-changed a woman known as Scarlette.

The Chiefs and NZ Rugby are investigating the incident, as well as similar allegations made by another woman who stripped at a 2015 post-season event.

Mr Lee said Hurricanes players had been reminded that they were only as good as their last public act and risked condemnation through such actions.

"There's, on one side of the fence, all the trimmings and riches of being a professional athlete," Mr Lee said.

"On the other side, if you step out of line, those same people can crucify you."

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