Counties Manukau head coach Tana Umaga is being investigated for misconduct by New Zealand Rugby.
NZ Rugby confirmed this afternoon that it had initiated a misconduct process with the former All Black over a discussion Umaga allegedly had with match officials following Counties Manukau's 20 - 22 loss to Auckland at Eden Park last Wednesday.
Media comments allegedly made by Umaga after the match will also be examined.
NZ Rugby general manager professional rugby Neil Sorensen said the first step was to hold a meeting with Umaga and his representatives.
"It's pretty important that we let Tana and others involved have a fair opportunity to make their submissions and for that reason we won't be commenting further until the process is concluded," Sorensen said.