ABs fined for technical zone breach

Date published: August 18 2015

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SANZAR has issued the All Blacks' team management with a breach notice following an incident that occurred during their Test against Australia in Auckland on Saturday.

Under tournament rules, water carriers are not permitted within the playing enclosure while the match is in progress. 

All Blacks loose forward Liam Messam, who was acting as a water carrier for the world champions, entered the field of play during the 29th minute which constituted a breach of technical zone protocol.

All Blacks' team management accepted responsibility for this breach and has been issued a fine of A$2000.

“We fully accept that we breached the sideline protocols during the match on the weekend and we accept the fine," said New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew.

"I have made it clear to the All Blacks team management that it was a mistake we can not repeat."

No further comment will be made.

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