Friday 20 April 2018

Adam Ashley-Cooper's mammy stands up for her "upset" son after booze binge ban

Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper
Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper

Adam Ashley-Cooper, the most senior of the six players to have been stood down because of a late night session in Dublin last week, has been defended by his mother who believes Ewen McKenzie has came down "hardest" on him.

Ashley-Cooper, Nick Cummins, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson and Liam Gill will not play at Murrayfield this weekend, while Paddy Ryan will serve his ban next week against Wales a week later after partying in Krystle nightclub last week until the early hours, ahead of Saturday's encounter with Ireland.

Australia boss Ewen McKenzie took the decision to discipline the six players for breaking team protocols and not arriving back to the team hotel, the Radisson Blue in Stillotgan, by midnight and consuming "excessive amounts of alcohol".

Ashley-Cooper's mother Karen told a Brisbane radio station that her son was getting a disproportionate amount of the blame and that he was only guilty of coming back to the hotel late.

"These players are now being made an example of, but because Adam's the most senior player, they're coming down on him the hardest," she told Triple M.

"So he's missing a game for not upholding the behavioural and cultural standards of an elite athlete representing the Wallabies.

"He said he'll cop it and move forward but he's really upset because they are claiming excessive and inappropriate alcohol intake by him, and alcohol was not the problem.

"It was the time he got home."

She claimed her 29-year-old son had a few beers but hadn't drank excessively on the night out.

Former Wallabies star Drew Mitchell, who is close friends with Ashley-Cooper, also showed his disdain for the bans on his Twitter account.

"The saddest thing is that some players think drinking a few beers is worse for the culture than texting shit behind their team-mates' backs," Mitchell posted.

Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Saia Fainga'a, Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps were handed written sanctions, while Scott Fardy, Mike Harris, Ben McCalman and Nic White were reprimanded verbally but will be available for the Scottish game.

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