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Cowan told to lay off the drink
All Blacks scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan has been fined (NZ)$3000 and has been ordered to stop drinking as a condition of employment by the NZRU.

The All Blacks coaches initially left the position of backup No 9 open, waiting to hear the outcome of the Cowan misconduct hearing that took place in Wellington on Tuesday. He has now been cleared to take his place on the bench.

The punishments come after Cowan has been in three incidents over the past few weeks, and he’ll now receive alcohol counselling.

“I thank the NZRU, my All Black team-mates, All Black management, my family and friends for their ongoing support,” Cowan told reporters outside the hearing. “I’m very fortunate to be given another chance. This is my problem – nobody else’s.

“I’m currently in the process of taking steps to fix it,”