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Once upon a time, if you had a big win in sport, you had a few beers to cel­e­brate, or to drown you sorrows.

But as the stakes and earn­ings have got higher, so has the drug use.

Many ap­plaud rugby league leg­end Gra­ham Lowe’s out­spo­ken­ness for not tip­toe­ing around the lat­est boys-will-be­boys Kiwi sports scan­dal; not that girls on tour aren’t ca­pa­ble of be­hav­ing badly too.

It wasn’t about los­ing or win­ning a game. It was about how play­ers con­duct them­selves when they’re rep­re­sent­ing their coun­try, es­pe­cially at an An­zac Test.

And just be­cause they’re not wear­ing the jer­sey, it’s not li­cence to be­have badly, even if the Kan­ga­roos thumped them.

They’re in the public eye, even in a disabled toi­let cu­bi­cle.

Hope­fully it’s a les­son for all sports man­age­ment, from high pro­file to lo­cal teams, to re­mind play­ers about what’s okay and what’s not on tour and at home.

Mary-Jo Tohill

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