Highlanders 2020



  • According to the stuff article about the conviction, he may lose more than his rugby contract and $8,000:

    Defence lawyer Bill Dawkins said if convicted, Selby-Rickit could be censured or disqualified from teaching. 
    
    "His criminal, foolish, drunken actions place his career of teaching and rugby at risk."
    
    Judge Bernadette Farnan said Selby-Rickit would face disciplinary action from Rugby New Zealand conviction or not.
    
    "You are remorseful, willing to attend restorative justice, sent the victim a letter, attended therapy and are able to make an emotional harm payment," Judge Farnan said.
    
    The victim said he was pleased with the judge's decision and happy Selby-Rickit "did not get off".
    
    On Wednesday a NZ Rugby spokesperson said NZR has initiated a misconduct process which will be completed once his court process was completed.
    

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/117395106/assault-victim-says-super-rugby-player-needs-to-suffer-consequences



  • The Highlanders should have just left a squad position open until this was resolved to avoid having to potentially terminate his contract.



  • @Stargazer said in Highlanders 2020:

    Highlanders lock Manaaki Selby-Rickit has been convicted over an assault which left the victim with a fractured jaw.
    Manaaki Selby-Rickit (22) appeared in the Invercargill District Court this afternoon facing a charge of reckless disregard for the safety of others.
    
    Despite calls from his lawyer for him to be discharged without conviction, Selby-Rickit was convicted and ordered to pay the victim $8000 in reparations.
    

    https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/southland/highlander-convicted-over-assault-which-left-victim-broken-jaw

    .

    So, what now? Will the Highlanders/NZR terminate his contract?
    Who'll be his replacement if they do?

    I hope they don't terminate his contract.

    3am in Invercargill with both parties blind drunk is no justification to further punish past what the Judicial system of NZ deemed just.

    The young man needs a good job now more than ever, not to be dismissed with a "tut tut, we have to let you go to signal to all the non Highlander fans in the world that we care about their thoughts and will voluntarily fuck this kids life up to appease you...for 5 minutes"

    Yes, yes he fucked his life up by doing what he did. It's his own fault.

    And it is, but not with the (optional) added punishing removal of job prospects. That's just cruel.



  • @Siam
    I'm torn, on the one hand we've almost all done something stupid and possibly illegal while young and drunk. I don't think from the description of events that it was premeditated or something he would ever put himself in the position to do again.

    But if guys keep getting off for drunken violence then young players will think that they have a free pass if they are talented enough.



  • @Siam I think - if they decide to terminate his contract - that they don't do that to punish him, but because he might not be able to travel to other countries for away games. He may not be able to enter Australia, Argentina, South Africa and Japan with a conviction?



  • @mofitzy_ said in Highlanders 2020:

    @Siam
    I'm torn, on the one hand we've almost all done something stupid and possibly illegal while young and drunk. I don't think from the description of events that it was premeditated or something he would ever put himself in the position to do again.

    But if guys keep getting off for drunken violence then young players will think that they have a free pass if they are talented enough.

    Keep getting off? It's a first offence isn't it?

    I certainly can see why people get so up in arms about rugby players being able to continue their "privileged" lifestyle after convictions etc - one rule for them, one rule for us etc etc.

    But isn't it better to have a young recently convicted fellow in a supportive environment, making money to support himself / family than out there with no job, no prospects etc?

    I thought Sevu Reece was handled perfectly.



  • @MajorRage
    I mean multiple guys, the similar situation in Wellington a few years back, Reece and now this. Probably a lot more I'm forgetting.

    I agree the Reece situation was probably handled correctly by the way. But drunken violence can easily cross a line, one punch can kill. Would much rather kids are acutely aware of that fact - serious consequences for people who dance on that line could help bring attention to that.



  • Punishing this guy further by tearing up his contract and hoping this will 'send a message' is not going to work. Drunk people do not think of consequences. Ever tried talking down a drunk when they are on a self righteous or violent crusade? Virtually impossible. Consequences are the last thing they can comprehend.



  • It's a no win situation really.

    Tear up his contract and you leave him high and dry, potentially spiralling further with no direction, more so if he loses his teaching too.

    But by the same token, that's pretty nasty, even drunk to stomp on someone, and for him to continue his life with minimal consequences ($8k fine) and the Highlanders are able to get him travel visas, it paints a poor picture about our justice system allegedly favouring rugby players (even though I'd expect there will be plenty of examples of similar punishment for non-rugby players, they just dont make national media)

    But as @Stargazer mentions above it will likely be the impact the conviction has on his travel that may ultimately sway the Highlanders.

    I wo t be surprised either way they go.



  • @taniwharugby interesting how this one compares with Rene Ranger, who got off for assault after punching some one unconscious.

    My point being the "court of public opinion" and media headlines are shitty ways of determining someone's future.

    All these things are far too complex ( and commonplace) to simply cast such a life altering judgement from afar.



  • @Siam he was found not guilty, plead not guilty, so isn't really thecsame as someone who plead guilty and found guilty...plus other aspects to that case make it different

    In the world today, public opinion carries alot of sway unfortunately, people are influenced by what they read/see/hear, some people still believe what they read in the media as fact as opposed to opinion.



  • @taniwharugby i hear you but actually the two assaults are more similar than they are different and we agree that the matter starts and ends in the judicial system.

    Funny and annoying how media headlines and clickbait are automatically assumed to reflect the "opinion of the public". Not having a go but it's time to refute the notion that the actual cognizant public agree wholeheartedly with shit stirring journos working in an industry with a destructive and dishonest revenue model.



  • @Siam well the similarities are someone was assaulted and the alleged perpetrators were rugby players.

    But I know there was more to the RR one than the media reported, which was largely painted by a guy who claimed he was beat up by a professional rugby player and he should pay.



  • Jesus Christ you guys have all the sympathy all of a sudden. 3am in Invers and drinking. If you know you can't handle your piss, don't drink. This guy will go before the Education Council and probably keep his job as a teacher but his NZR contract should be torn up. Reece was handled well, but he shouldn't have been chucked straight into the AB's.



  • @Yeetyaah said in Highlanders 2020:

    Jesus Christ you guys have all the sympathy all of a sudden. 3am in Invers and drinking. If you know you can't handle your piss, don't drink. This guy will go before the Education Council and probably keep his job as a teacher but his NZR contract should be torn up. Reece was handled well, but he shouldn't have been chucked straight into the AB's.

    You young'uns sure do like seeing someone burn don't you, so long as you're well away from the fire ๐Ÿ˜‰



  • @Siam said in Highlanders 2020:

    @Yeetyaah said in Highlanders 2020:

    Jesus Christ you guys have all the sympathy all of a sudden. 3am in Invers and drinking. If you know you can't handle your piss, don't drink. This guy will go before the Education Council and probably keep his job as a teacher but his NZR contract should be torn up. Reece was handled well, but he shouldn't have been chucked straight into the AB's.

    You young'uns sure do like seeing someone burn don't you, so long as you're well away from the fire ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It might be that those young ones are the ones out at the pub dealing with drunks who are prepared to stomp you if they get on top in a fight? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My visa here is dependent on me maintaining a level of conduct that is pretty easy to meet. Iโ€™ve been in scrapes a few times (strangely always with non-Japanese) but have always had the bell in the back of my mind reminding me to never push too far** - itโ€™s better to take a beating than not be able to show up to work and never be able to return.

    ** given that Iโ€™m almost literally the worst fighter in the world, this is also a pretty easy standard to meet



  • @gt12 said in Highlanders 2020:

    @Siam said in Highlanders 2020:

    @Yeetyaah said in Highlanders 2020:

    Jesus Christ you guys have all the sympathy all of a sudden. 3am in Invers and drinking. If you know you can't handle your piss, don't drink. This guy will go before the Education Council and probably keep his job as a teacher but his NZR contract should be torn up. Reece was handled well, but he shouldn't have been chucked straight into the AB's.

    You young'uns sure do like seeing someone burn don't you, so long as you're well away from the fire ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It might be that those young ones are the ones out at the pub dealing with drunks who are prepared to stomp you if they get on top in a fight? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My visa here is dependent on me maintaining a level of conduct that is pretty easy to meet. Iโ€™ve been in scrapes a few times (strangely always with non-Japanese) but have always had the bell in the back of my mind reminding me to never push too far** - itโ€™s better to take a beating than not be able to show up to work and never be able to return.

    ** given that Iโ€™m almost literally the worst fighter in the world, this is also a pretty easy standard to meet

    Yes yes. Catastrophize the behaviour to it's most emotive and then state that anyone exhibiting this behaviour is beneath you and chuck in a completely absurd and irrevelant " comparison" from completely different circumstances, then stand there with your arms folded and a stern facial expression proving there is no other course of action but to punish more than the courts.

    Mumble something about messages to the wider community and soak in the dopamine of being righteous and a saviour of society.

    Extinguishing Selby-Rickett's job prospects will undoubtedly lower all the incidences of injuring with reckless disregard starting the day he's banned and we'll all live happily ever after...

    Why punish him further than the courts for "injuring with reckless disregard" ?

    To teach him a lesson already learned? To teach others the same lesson? Why?



  • @Siam young'un? Okay boomer ๐Ÿ˜‰



  • Instead of denigrating other opinions may I suggest an alternative to cancel culture NZRU may embark upon:

    Nurture him through any counselling deemed appropriate, at his expense and get him out to schools and orgs to speak to and mentor adolescent boys about bravado, temper, choices and the consequences. Teach him to set up and run these groups. Remind him of the chances afforded to him and go and spread the message to the " deplorables". Give the kids someone real to learn from ( McCaw and Read are role models to no one outside middle class functional families). Market it to appease your sjw potential market and the optics. Give him a genuine chance to be a role model to the many aggressive and non catered for teen boys in society.

    Reprehensible that ed. Dept threaten his teacher status. Provided there's no recidivism and genuine contrition, ( comes from an achieving family afterall) then the thought of him teaching young men about violence and consequences is highly appealing. Much more productive than the shallow messages from a Marxist feminist.

    I hate cancel culture and the way it's selectively applied to enhance a news week. The courts must be the final arbiter otherwise it's all individually subjective. None of us are consistent with our application of what's acceptable behaviour and punishment for every situation



  • Hmmm, maybe it's time to move this discussion to the politics thread?



  • So NZR still think Selby-Rickit is one to watch .....

    FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: HIGHLANDERS



  • @Stargazer despite the issues he has with law, he is a very talented lineout forward..could be very much in the Paripari Parkinson mould..



  • @Steven-Harris I just don't think it's wise to promote a player, who has just been convicted of assault and with a misconduct procedure still being conducted.



  • @Stargazer said in Highlanders 2020:

    So NZR still think Selby-Rickit is one to watch .....

    FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: HIGHLANDERS

    I think that is a different watch-list he is on...



  • @Stargazer said in Highlanders 2020:

    So NZR still think Selby-Rickit is one to watch .....

    FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: HIGHLANDERS

    You better keep an eye on him, he's certainly one to watch out for.



  • @Stargazer fair enough.



  • Ha, they've changed the article and Selby-Rickit is no longer in it.



  • @Stargazer Just shows how closely the NZRFU monitor this site.



  • So this is a good outcome:

    https://www.odt.co.nz/sport/rugby/highlanders/brown-highlanders-three-seasons

    Tony Brown may not be coaching the All Blacks but he will be involved with the Highlanders for the next three seasons.
    The franchise had signed Brown through until 2022 but that was dependent on his international commitments.
    
    With Brown linked to the main coaching candidates for the vacant All Black position, there was a fear he would coach for the 2020 season only and then move on.
    
    However, with Brown joining Brave Blossoms head coach Jamie Joseph in Japan through until the next World Cup, he is now able to coach the Highlanders for the next three seasons.
    
    Highlanders chief executive Roger Clark is thrilled Brown has confirmed he will stay until 2022 with the Highlanders.
    
    "It is a massive coup for us. Everybody wants him - the All Blacks wanted him and now we have got him for the next three years," Clark said.
    
    "It's incredibly exciting for our fans."
    
    Clark said it was a real boost for the young players in the team to have Brown involved on the attack side.
    
    Brown, who will be the attack coach and also be in charge of the game plan, would have a significant workload through the year but, with the way Super Rugby was structured, it should be manageable, Clark said.
    
    The Super Rugby season will start early next year - the first round is in late January and it will be over by June.
    
    The test windows are in July and November, when the Highlanders are not playing.
    
    From 2021, the Super Rugby competition will go from mid to late February to the end of June when it reverts to a true round-robin format.
    
    Clark said Brown had been doing two jobs for a good while so he was used to it and was a good manager of time.
    
    Brown was also an assistant coach and not the head coach, so that would make his job easier.
    
    
    


  • @Smudge So if you're the assistant coach for another country, you can continue to be the assistant coach to a SR franchise, but if you're the assistant coach for the ABs, you can't?



  • @Stargazer said in Highlanders 2020:

    @Smudge So if you're the assistant coach for another country, you can continue to be the assistant coach to a SR franchise, but if you're the assistant coach for the ABs, you can't?

    These questions are best directed at NZR, rather than me. Unless I'm Tony Brown, which I'm not.



  • @Stargazer said in Highlanders 2020:

    @Smudge So if you're the assistant coach for another country, you can continue to be the assistant coach to a SR franchise, but if you're the assistant coach for the ABs, you can't?

    Yes. Depending on the country



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  • The Landers home jersey is the best of the lot, but the 2020 jerseys are easily the worst ever.



  • @Bovidae said in Highlanders 2020:

    The Landers home jersey is the best of the lot, but the 2020 jerseys are easily the worst ever.

    By the length of the straight.

    The Blues and Canes ones are horrendous even if they donโ€™t have a couple of dils on their chest



  • @Stargazer said in Highlanders 2020:

    @Smudge So if you're the assistant coach for another country, you can continue to be the assistant coach to a SR franchise, but if you're the assistant coach for the ABs, you can't?

    Wouldn't that be down to the employers?

    If NZR says AB Asst is full time and they pay both positions then they make the call.

    If JRU says J Asst is part time and they allow the guy to have another job then fine at that end. And as long as said coach delivers in his dedicated role as SR Asst the NZR should have no issue.







  • @Stargazer good signing


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