Panel to conduct 'respect and responsibility' review of NZ rugby

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has today announced the framework of a Respect and Responsibility Review and the panel members who will oversee the work.

New Zealand Rugby Chairman Brent Impley says, “The work we are announcing today, will undertake a review of New Zealand Rugby policies, processes and programmes already in place, and that may need to be developed further, to build a culture of respect and responsibility in the professional rugby environment.

NZR has clear expectations of its players, coaches, team management, executives, administrators and governors, their responsibilities and how they should conduct themselves.  

We want to review how these expectations are communicated and ingrained to ensure the standards of conduct and the underlying culture of respect and responsibility are clearly understood and maintained.”

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said NZR was ready to step up to better meet the public’s expectations of rugby.

Tew says, “While much has been achieved and there has been considerable personal growth in most of those involved in professional rugby, there is still a significant opportunity, need and desire to further improve the culture and overall standards of behaviour within the professional game.

“In the same way that rugby seeks to do better on the field, we must constantly seek ways to improve off the field. The integrity, reputation, and ultimate success of the game in New Zealand depends on this.

New Zealand Law Society President and employment lawyer Kathryn Beck has been appointed to chair the review panel.  She is joined by fellow panel members Sport NZ Board member and former netball administrator Jackie Barron, New Zealand Cricket and Hurricanes Board member Liz Dawson, former World Anti-Doping Agency head David Howman, HR and Communications Executive Kate Daly, former All Black greats Michael Jones and Keven Mealamu, respected former All Blacks doctor Dr Deb Robinson, and Olympic Gold medallist Lisa Carrington.  Robyn Cockburn will support the review as researcher and writer.