Blues midfielder Francis Saili has been dropped from the starting XV to play the Reds in Brisbane on Friday after he was charged with a driving offence.
22-year-old Saili had his driving license suspended after incurring too many demerit points for speeding offences, and on Friday was caught driving by police.
He will appear in court tomorrow.
“I am incredibly sorry and want to apologise for letting my teammates, the Blues franchise and all our fans down,” Saili said.
“I made a poor error of judgment and have paid the price for it. I am determined to do whatever it takes to make it up to those I have let down.”
Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan revealed the news to media this morning following training at Unitec.
“He’s just a young man who’s done a silly thing,” Kirwan said.
“He was disqualified from driving because of speeding tickets, and he got caught driving the other day. He was late for an appointment and made a dumb choice. We’re not playing him in the starting XV for his punishment, and there’s NZRU protocols taking place.”
The Blues face the Reds at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, kick-off 9.40pm NZT.