Joint Statement by Old Boys University RFC, Marist St Pats RFC & Wellington Rugby Football Union

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Following an incident at a match between Old Boys University RFC (OBU) and Marist St Pats RFC (MSP) Premier Men’s teams on May 8th, a meeting was held on Thursday evening 20th May at the offices of the Wellington Rugby Football Union (WRFU).   Representatives from the two clubs, along with representatives from the Wellington Rugby Referees Association (WRRA) and the WRFU, all met to resolve any issues. 
 
The parties were all pleased with the meeting and express regret and dismay at the events that occurred towards the end of the match.  There was a united view that such incidents are completely contrary to the values of the clubs, the union and of our wonderful game. 
 
Both MSP and OBU have enjoyed a long-standing fierce on-field rivalry against a background of equally long-standing mutual respect and friendship.   MSP acknowledged that OBU is not a racist club.  The clubs, the WRRA and the WRFU are united in their condemnation of racist comments or slurs.
 
The clubs have confirmed their continued co-operation with the WRFU in improving side-line behaviour across all grades.  From now on there will be a better patrolling of side-lines to proactively call out bad behaviour and better manage issues relating to alcohol consumption at grounds.