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Rugby bans over 'initiation ceremony' on team bus

The SRU has suspended 14 Howe of Fife players and two officials over the incident.

Howe of Fife: Former head coach and president banned for year.
Howe of Fife: Former head coach and president banned for year. CC by Jim Bain

Scottish Rugby has suspended 14 Howe of Fife players and two officials after an "initiation ceremony" on the team bus last season.

The former head coach and president, based in Cupar, have been banned from any involvement in rugby coaching, officiating or administration for a year for failing to control the players.

Two players have also been suspended for two seasons and 12 others for periods of between six and eight weeks.

Howe of Fife will be required to ensure all office bearers, trustees, directors and players over the age of 18 attend a series of leadership workshops to improve the club's culture.

A fine has also been applied against the club.

Scottish Rugby's chief executive Mark Dodson said: "The behaviour of those involved in this incident, including several individuals in positions of authority at the club, was completely unacceptable.

"Scottish Rugby has been proactive to ensure a full, independent disciplinary process was conducted and that measures are put in place to deliver a change of culture at the club.

"The actions of those involved have absolutely no place in our sport."

He added: "Significant sanctions have been applied in this matter and Scottish Rugby will not hesitate to take action against any club, official or player behaving in a similarly unacceptable manner."

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