This is the anonymous letter that started my investigation into the bounty scandal in Northern California youth rugby.
The league's governing body, the NCYRA, confirmed that Wesley Van Tonder and his son, Wes Junior were suspended for 3 years, because they offered to pay players on their under 14 team if they hit the opposing players hard enough to knock them out of the match. A player on Van Tonder's Raptor team and his father testified during the hearing that the coaches offered the bounty. League officials also told me that the Van Tonders held a meeting with players after the investigation began, warning them not to talk about the bounty program "or else".
I've been corresponding with the parent of one of the targeted kids. He talks about "the dramatic effect on my son" and players on the Raptor team: "The bounty was bad enough, but their attempt to cover it up put a lot of presure on a lot of young kids, who should never have been put in that situation."
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