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Wellington — New Zealand Rugby and the Crusaders have launched an investigation into two separate incidents in Cape Town last week that have seen allegations of homophobic and unsocial behaviour levelled at the Super Rugby team’s players. Crusaders players, including All Blacks winger George Bridge, were accused of directing homophobic slurs and gestures at patrons at a fast-food restaurant over the weekend. In a separate incident, flyhalf Richie Mo’unga, also an All Black, was alleged to have spat beer at people at a night-spot earlier in the week. The three Crusaders players embroiled in the restaurant incident “strongly refuted” allegations of homophobia, the team said on Monday, while coach Scott Robertson played it down as a misunderstanding over a “selfie”. But with witnesses coming forward to criticise the players on local radio, New Zealand Rugby said it had launched a probe. “The allegations that have been made about players, in two different incidences, are very serious,...

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