Auckland NPC coach Pivac loses his licence

Last updated 19:44 07/03/2014

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Auckland NPC rugby coach Wayne Pivac has lost his licence for drink-driving.

Pivac, a former policeman, appeared in the North Shore District Court last week after being caught drink-driving on Waitangi Day.

An Auckland Rugby spokesman confirmed Pivac, former Fiji national team coach, was fined $1000 and suspended from driving for nine months.

 

Pivac told Fairfax he thought he was ok to drive but he was not.

"I'm not happy about it or proud of it. I've let a lot of people down."

Pivac said he had "fronted" to Auckland Rugby and had gone through a disciplinary process that resulted in him losing his company car and having to give a number of talks.

"If in doubt, leave it out, that's the message," he said, "even if it's only a couple of hundred metres".

Auckland Rugby chief executive Andy Dalton said the union was "[as] disappointed in Wayne's poor decision as is he".

"Wayne has been dealt with internally the same as any staff member who compromises the values and standards of Auckland Rugby," Dalton said in a statement.

A spokeswoman confirmed Pivac remained as coach, but she would not comment on any disciplinary action taken against Pivac as it was an employment matter.

Pivac led Auckland to a semifinal berth in the competition last year after taking the team to the final the year before.

His season was ended by Canterbury in both games.

Pivac was unable to be reached for comment.

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