Former All Black in violent attack

JONATHAN CARSON
Last updated 05:00 29/12/2012

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A former All Black has been arrested for his alleged part in a violent attack outside a Waikato pub that left another man unconscious and bleeding on the road.

The 36-year-old man was charged with injuring with intent to injure following the incident this month.

The alleged offender has not been named here because it is not clear if he was granted name suppression when he appeared in the Hamilton District Court last week.

It is understood that Rotorua lawyer Moana Dorset appeared on his behalf, but she yesterday refused to comment, hanging up the phone when she was contacted.

Attempts to contact the accused directly were also unsuccessful.

However, witnesses said he allegedly assaulted a "very small, older" man with full bottles of alcohol and punched and stomped on him.

The former All Black, and close to 50 others, were at an event hosted by the pub on the day of the alleged incident.

He had been "annoying" the victim throughout the day, taking the bowler-type hat from his head and "being silly with him".

Later in the day he threw the hat off a deck at the pub and allegedly pushed the man against a wall and punched him in the face, the witness said.

"The guy went to leave and was down on the road and then [the former rugby player] just burst a valve and started throwing full bottles at him and pulled away from the people that were holding him back and ran down and started beating him.

"He was cut and unconscious on the road."

An ambulance was called to take the man to hospital about 7pm.

The former rugby player was "agitated" after the alleged attack, the witness said.

"He just lost it."

Waikato Police communications manager Andrew McAlley would not speak specifically about the incident, but confirmed a 36-year-old man had appeared in court over an "incident at a licensed premises earlier in the month".

Another person, who had been at the pub prior to the alleged attack, said the former All Black "couldn't control his anger and got all stupid".

"There was 50-odd people at the event who controlled themselves and were really good and there was one that, not because of alcohol but because of his anger issues, ruined it for everyone else."

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