All Black star Richie Mo’unga gives bizarre excuse for the Crusaders team being filmed training
All Black star Richie Mo’unga gave a bizarre apology on video today for his involvement in the Crusader’s players training during the lockdown in New Zealand.
The Crusaders and All Blacks 10 took to his social media platform today to make a bizarre excuse for him being there.
All Blacks five-eighth Richie Mo’unga was the only player identified among a group passing and kicking a ball to each other at a Christchurch park on Monday.
Photographs of the players emerged on social media and the Crusaders confirmed they had breached their own rules around individual training during the coronavirus lockdown.
In the video, Mo’unga claims that he coincidentally turned up to the pitch at the same time as the other players. And when one of them threw the ball to him, he instinctively caught it.
Does anyone smell that…?
Richie Mo’unga apologises for incident with Crusaders teammates.
He says it was “not an organised training”, “a coincidence”, and touching the ball was “instinctive”. pic.twitter.com/RKvOUUYKx4
— Andrew Gourdie (@AndrewGourdie) April 6, 2020
Under the country’s strict controls, households have to stay within their own “bubble” and maintain social distancing from others.
Crusaders chief executive Colin Mansbridge said he had reprimanded the players involved, who reside in three different bubbles.
“They shouldn’t have been at the same location,” Mansbridge told Newshub. “It wasn’t planned and they should know better. I have spoken to those involved, and will reinforce that again tonight.”
The Crusaders have since released a statement to address the issue.
“The Crusaders are aware of some of our players training at Malvern Park in Christchurch today,” the statement read.
“Management have spoken with the players involved, all of whom live within walking distance of Malvern Park. The club is confident this was not an organised training session among the group, but rather one group of flatmates training in their ‘bubble’ who were coincidentally joined by a second group.”
Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge said: “In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a time when our community needs to work together and look after one another, and our players are social leaders in that regard. Richie Mo’unga bizarre to say the least.