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Former Highlander suspended following alleged cocaine party

By RugbyPass
Scotland and Edinburgh back-row John Hardie

Following an internal investigation, disciplinary action has been taken by Edinburgh Rugby against John Hardie for gross misconduct.

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The investigation was initiated after social night out – involving a number of Edinburgh players – spiralled out of control. It was widely reported that Hardie allegedly used a recreational drug – namely cocaine.

As part of a range of sanctions, a three-month suspension from playing for the club has been imposed, running from the date of his initial suspension in mid-October this year.

A statement released by the club says “He will not be available for selection by Edinburgh Rugby until mid-January 2018, at the earliest.”

An Edinburgh Rugby spokesperson, said: “John has co-operated with the disciplinary process throughout.

“He has acknowledged the serious mistake he has made as a professional athlete and has accepted full responsibility for his conduct. It has been made clear that we are not prepared to tolerate the behaviour which caused this situation.

“Support will be provided to the player by Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Rugby on a personal and professional level throughout the period of his suspension and going forward.”

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John Hardie said: “I would like to apologise to everyone for putting myself in this situation.

“Through my actions I feel I have let my club, my teammates and the fans down. I want to acknowledge the support I have had from Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Rugby in dealing with the issue.

“I am now focused on putting myself in the best possible position to be considered for selection again.”

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Shaylen 6 hours ago
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These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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