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Hurricanes’ Jane, Vito, Savea dropped for breaking team rules

New Zealand All Blacks' Cory Jane (top) is tackled by Australian Wallabies' Pat McCabe (L) and Ben Tapuai during their Bledisloe Cup rugby union test match in Brisbane in this October 20, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason O'Brien
New Zealand All Blacks’ Cory Jane (top) is tackled by Australian Wallabies’ Pat McCabe (L) and Ben Tapuai during their Bledisloe Cup rugby union test match in Brisbane in this October 20, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason O’Brien

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Cory Jane, Victor Vito and Julian Savea have been dropped by the Wellington Hurricanes for their Super Rugby clash with the Queensland Reds after breaking a curfew last week in South Africa, the team said on Thursday.

The All Blacks trio, along with flanker Ardie Savea and prop Chris Eves, were late getting back to the team hotel, breaking a curfew, last Tuesday before the team played the Sharks.

The South African side beat the Hurricanes 32-15 in Durban last Saturday.

“Though some people may not see staying out late as being particularly serious, the team set their standards very high this year and everyone bought into that at the start of the season,” coach Chris Boyd said in a statement on Thursday.

“This was an isolated incident, but there are certain lines in the sand and when those lines are crossed there are consequences.

“The players involved know they made a mistake and I’m pretty confident they will be motivated to make up for that when they become available for selection again next week.”

The Hurricanes had indicated on Wednesday five players would not be considered for the match against the Reds, with assistant coach Jason Holland confirming some players had broken a curfew.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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