Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor out of World Cup after cocaine allegations


New Zealand coach David Kidwell has ruled captain Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor out of this year's World Cup following their drugs scandal last weekend.

Bromwich stood down as New Zealand captain and has been suspended for two games by club side Melbourne Storm and ordered to undergo counselling and treatment courses. "We will get together as a group to work out what is appropriate and do an announcement hopefully before the end of this week", he said.

"I can't express my disappointment enough in their actions in the early hours of Saturday morning", Kidwell said.

In a statement released by Melbourne Storm, Bromwich said: " I'd like to start by firstly apologising to my family, Melbourne Storm, New Zealand Rugby League, the NRL, my team-mates, the sponsors, and the members and fans.

"With this incident, we definitely need to make some changes going into the World Cup, 100 per cent".

Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor will not be selected for the 2017 World Cup, after allegations they took cocaine, say New Zealand Rugby League.

The Kiwi back-rower was appointed Titans co-captain in February but could be stripped of the leadership role if allegations of purchasing cocaine are proven.

Proctor, who also plays for the Titans, was yet to face sanction from the Gold Coast board.

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According to court documents, by the time police arrived Bromwich and Proctor had left.

"I've only just been notified of this", Annesley said.

Hopefully, the thought of Bromwich and Proctor watching the World Cup from the sidelines means players think twice before their next big night out.

"I obviously had too much to drink before the incident that has caused all the trouble happened much later in the night", Proctor said in a statement.

Canberra man Adrian Mark Crowther, 38, appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Saturday after allegedly selling cocaine to the two Kiwis players.

A Canberra man has been charged with supplying the players.

Titans chief executive Graham Annesley on Sunday said he would reach out to the governing body over why there wasn't stricter supervision of players whilst on representative duties.