New Zealand duo Bromwich, Proctor axed from World Cup squad


Former New Zealand captain Jesse Bromwich and international team-mate Kevin Proctor will not be considered for Rugby League World Cup selection later this year amid cocaine allegations.

Bromwich and Proctor are alleged to have purchased cocaine following New Zealand's 30-12 ANZAC Test defeat to Australia in Canberra on Friday, and Kiwis head coach David Kidwell announced the axing of the pair with the backing of New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) ahead of the 2017 World Cup, which gets underway on October 26.

It comes after Melbourne Storm prop Bromwich - banned for two NRL games and will undergo a counselling course - relinquished his position as New Zealand skipper amid the allegations, while Gold Coast Titans second-row Proctor stood down as co-captain and also from playing until the club's board makes a final decision.

"As the Kiwis head coach, I have made the decision with the backing of the NZRL that Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor will not be considered for the upcoming World Cup campaign," Kidwell said on Monday.

"We have values to uphold, and I can't express enough that they have broken my trust, their team-mates trust and the New Zealand public.

"No one is bigger than the team. Now we move forward and focus on the World Cup."

NZRL chief executive Alex Hayton added: "New Zealand Rugby League is 100 per cent behind this decision.

"They have broken the values and the standards we have set around the Kiwis. We will work to try and remedy and build our trust back with the public."

The World Cup will be held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, running through to December 2.