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Rugby review panel seeks online input

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/03/2017

New Zealand Rugby's high-profile respect and responsibility review panel is asking New Zealanders to share their stories.

The nine-strong panel is overseen by Law Society president Kathryn Beck and includes former All Blacks Michael Jones and Keven Mealamu, and Olympic canoeing double gold medallist Lisa Carrington.

The review was prompted by a series of negative incidents which engulfed rugby last year.

In August, NZR was criticised for its response to an incident involving a stripper at a Chiefs' season-ending event.

Soon afterwards there was an outcry over the case of Losi Filipo, a Wellington teenage player charged by police with assault.

An on-line mailbox has been set up, and Ms Beck says the panel is hoping to hear from as many people as possible.

"We feel listening to people's stories will be an important part of ensuring that our work makes a difference," she said.

"We want to hear people's stories - whether it's based on experiences with rugby or suggestions you've got for making a difference to the way rugby is delivered in New Zealand."

The panel has been charged with reviewing NZR's policies, processes and programmes as the organisation seeks guidance on building a culture of respect and responsibility.

A preliminary report is expected to be provided to the NZR board in April.

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