An investigation into the conduct of the Chiefs players’ end-of-season ‘Mad Monday’ will now be extended to cover events from 2015.
The twist in the continuing story comes after a second stripper came forward to allege that she had been intimidated by players the previous year, in a similar incident following the end of the 2016 season that has led to outrage in New Zealand, with one supporter burning his Chiefs jersey in a YouTube video.
According to reports in New Zealand, players exposed themselves to the stripper and chanted for her to perform indecent acts on them.
The names of which players were involved in both incidents, and whether they are All Blacks, have not been revealed.
Chiefs CEO Andrew Flaxman released the following statement regarding the new development on Saturday in New Zealand.
“The Chiefs are concerned and disappointed to hear of new allegations made in the media last night relating to player post-season activities in 2015,” read a statement.
“Given that New Zealand Rugby is already leading an investigation into allegations made following the team’s post season celebrations last week, we have asked New Zealand Rugby to extend their investigation to include the related evens and information.
“New Zealand Rugby has confirmed that their invesitgation will include these related events. We have told New Zealand Rugby that we will cooperate fully and openly with all aspects of the investigation as required.
“To respect this process that is underway, the Chiefs will not be providing further comment at this stage.”
All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said earlier this week that the lesson from the situation was to end the tradition of ‘Mad Mondays’ moving forward.
“If it is true then it’s disappointing. If it’s not true then it’s also disappointing, because a lot of things are coming out of this which aren’t great for rugby and the Chiefs,” he said.
“The one thing I do know is a massive lesson about ‘Mad Mondays’ – kick them to touch, you don’t need them.”