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Wallabies trio escape ARU censure over cash stash
March 28, 2011
The Australian Rugby Union will take no action after three Wallabies were issued with infringement notices by the Australian Federal Police after failing to declare money to Customs officers. Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Drew Mitchell were investigated by the AFP after not declaring more than $60,000 in cash to Customs when they returned to Sydney following the Wallabies' end-of-season tour last December. The money was earned when the trio played for the Barbarians at the end of the northern hemisphere tour. The players said they had forgotten to declare the money, and were fined $220 each by the AFP. An ARU spokesman yesterday said the union had made inquires on the matter. ''It is important to note it is not an offence to bring in to the country more than $10,000 in foreign currency,'' the spokesman said. ''The issue has been dealt with, and we consider the matter closed.''