Russell Packer apologises for urinating on field
Warriors forward Russell Packer has apologised for urinating on Suncorp Stadium on Monday night in a moment of madness which is set to cost the club $15,000.
The NRL handed out a breach notice to the Warriors on Tuesday after reviewing footage of Packer urinating on the ground before kick-off
''It is just one of those things, it is probably not the proudest thing I have done,'' Packer told Channel Seven.
''It is not the first time that has happened and it won't be the last time but it is not really the biggest news story in the world.
''I was busting just before the kick off and unless the coach wants me to run off the field and play with 12 men for however long it takes me to get to the toilet ... I am sure most players can relate to going to the toilet because of nerves. I am sorry if I have offended anyone. A lot of things happen on the footy field that don't get captured by a camera.''
Warriors doctor John Mayhew, who was on the All Blacks staff when Jerry Collins urinated during a Bledisloe Cup Test against Wallabies in Christchurch in 2006, said players urinating on the turf was not an isolated incident.
"I've found it quite a few times,'' he said.
''You normally stand round them and things like that. It shouldn't be a hanging offence.
Packer took to Twitter on Tuesday to apologise for his behaviour.
''Hey guys just a quick apology to you and your family regarding my accident last night," Packer tweeted.
''It has offended some which I am sorry it was an unfortunate thing that happened.
"I hope this apology eases your mind somewhat and helps you move on from it as I will be doing."
Packer also sent out a tweet straight after the thumping victory over the Broncos on Monday night.
However he later deleted the tweet which read: "Good win when u gotta go u gotta go lol''.
Warrios chief executive Wayne Scurrah met with Packer when the team arrived back in Auckland on Tuesday.
The club was given five days to reply to the breach notice from the NRL, which issued a statement.
''This sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable and there is no excuse for it," NRL general manager of football operations Nathan McGuirk said.
- Sydney Morning Herald with Fairfax NZ