All Blacks ace arrested

Cowan to face NZRU disciplinary committee

Last Updated: 30/06/08 10:11am

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Cowan: Arrested and charged

Cowan: Arrested and charged

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All Blacks scrum-half Jimmy Cowan will face a NZRU disciplinary committee after he was arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour.

Cowan, who is also facing charges relating to an incident in Dunedin on May 12, was arrested outside a bar in Invercargill in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 26-year-old will now appear before All Blacks team manager Darren Shand and NZRU general manager of professional rugby Neil Sorensen at a misconduct hearing in Wellington on Tuesday - with possible punishment ranging from a warning to dismissal.

Shand said: "Normally we would wait until the courts had dealt with any charges before we meet with a player. But Jimmy has had a second incident in a very short space of time and we want to act now and resolve it.

"We understand no one was hurt and no property was damaged. But clearly it is a pattern of behaviour that indicates he doesn't make good decisions when he's been drinking."

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