Wellington Rugby to review processes in Losi Filipo fallout

Losi Filipo (File)
Losi Filipo (File)

Wellington Rugby's recruiting, contracting and player monitoring process will be under the spotlight as the organisation reviews their system following the Losi Filipo case.

The club was criticised after Newshub revealed the former player was given a discharge without conviction following serious assaults on four people in Wellington last year.

The 18-year-old's contract was later terminated by mutual consent.

Wellington Rugby says the publicity around the case "has given our organisation cause to look closely at how the matter has been handled".

They've started the process of setting up a review to be done by an independent party and "robust" terms of reference.

In a statement, Wellington Rubby said it is "open to change".

"[We're] committed to doing things better in the future, and determined to ensure the organisation follows best practice should any similar cases emerge in the future."

It would not comment further until the review is complete.

This also comes a few days after Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue said NZ Rugby needs to review its processes following the Chiefs saga.

In Dr Blue's letter to NZ Rugby she said "we will be continuing to work with them as they address their culture challenges and become an organisation that they, and all New Zealanders, can be proud of."

New Zealand Rugby general manager of communications told Newshub they are also reviewing some processes.

"We are currently talking to a variety of people following recent events. This will inform our approach to reviewing how we improve the education we provide players around respect and responsibility issues." 


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