Kevin Proctor (far right) has been banned from playing in this year's World Cup.
Kevin Proctor (far right) has been banned from playing in this year's World Cup. Mark Kolbe

Kiwi stars banned from World Cup after drugs scandal

NEW Zealand rugby league has banned Kiwis captain Jesse Bromwich and teammate Kevin Proctor from this year's World Cup.

The players were suspended after their involvement in a drugs scandal in Canberra over the weekend after the Anzac Test defeat to Australia.

Coach David Kidwell said the pair had broken his trust and the trust of teamates.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said he was satisfied with the punishment Melbourne Storm had handed Bromwich.

Bromwich was banned for two games by the club and also stood down from the team's leadership group after he and New Zealand teammate Kevin Proctor were accused of taking an illegal substance following Friday's Test.

Bromwich donated his Test fee to a charity, while Proctor has yet to face sanction from the Gold Coast board.

He has already stepped down from playing duties for the Titans, as well as the captaincy.

"Both clubs spoke to our Integrity Unit over the weekend about the parameters of those decisions. Ultimately they're decisions for the clubs," Greenberg said yesterday.

"But we were comfortable with that."

A Canberra man is facing charges for supplying the players and while Proctor said he was too drunk to remember the incident, he could not deny the allegations.

It is believed that neither man will face police charges, however, it is also said the NRL integrity unit was awaiting evidence of drug use that would result in a strike under the game's drug policy.

If a player tests positive once that will mean a suspended fine with their identity protected, while a second positive test is punished by a 12-match suspension.

Third-time offenders face severe disciplinary action from the NRL.

Greenberg backed the game's current drug-testing procedures but declined to confirm whether the Integrity Unit had tested either Proctor or Bromwich over the weekend.

"I'm not going to talk publicly about when we drug test players, and how we drug test players. But this year we'll complete more than 2500 drug tests," he said.

"That's on top of performance-enhancing drug tests that come through ASADA. We spot-test players, we target-test players, we have done that and will continue to do that."