Force to face tribunal

Western Force officials could be in hot water following complaints they breached contract protocol last week in luring Waratahs second-rower Al Kanaar to Perth for talks.

The accustaion comes hot on the heels of the lucrative Matt Giteau offer made over the weekend and they are expected to shortly face an Australian Rugby Union tribunal where the charges will be put on the table.

After believing they had renegotiated a new deal with Kanaar and were awaiting the ARU to finalise the contract, the Waratahs were angered to discover their lock had travelled to Perth for discussions with Force officials, rugbyheaven.com reported.

The understanding was that as the Kanaar deal with NSW was virtually finalised, no other province could approach the player.

ARU chief executive Gary Flowers confirmed the union had received an official complaint from NSW. “The next step is for the ARU to establish whether there is a case to answer, and if so, refer it to an independent three-man tribunal,” Flowers said. “It is likely it will be referred to the tribunal.”

The independent three-man tribunal can either fine, suspend, or warn the Force. Flowers travelled to Perth last Friday for the Force’s home match against the Crusaders, and met several of their officials, when the Kanaar issue was discussed.