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Wellington Rugby findings set for release

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/12/2016

The results of an independent review of Wellington Rugby's player conduct and recruitment processes are set to be released.

Dame Margaret Bazley, who led the review, which was sparked by the Losi Filipo case, will present her findings on Wednesday morning.

In August, 18-year-old Filipo was discharged without conviction after pleading guilty in Wellington District Court to assaulting four people, including two women, last year.

His discharge led to a public outcry and his Wellington Lions contract being terminated by mutual consent.

After police were given leave to appeal against the court decision, Filipo was sentenced in November to nine months' supervision.

At the time of Dame Margaret's appointment, Wellington Rugby said her review would look at the union's processes and protocols regarding player recruitment.

It would also consider the management and monitoring of player behaviour, particularly those contracted while still at school, as Filipo was.

The review would not inquire into, or report on, the criminal justice system and its interactions with Filipo.

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