All Blacks wing Cory Jane caught boozing

MARKIA HILL
Last updated 14:53 09/10/2011
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LIGHTING UP: All Black Cory Jane was seen smoking earlier this week at a Takapuna bar.

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All Black Cory Jane is under fire after a boozy night out just three days before their quarterfinal against Argentina.

It is understood Jane and injured teammate Israel Dagg were spotted drinking at an Auckland Bar less than 72 hours before being due to play in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal tonight - Jane has been named on the wing.

Witnesses saw the pair swaying and slurring their words, and Jane lit a cigarette inside the Takapuna bar, the Herald on Sunday reported.

Staff apparently hid the players in the bar's kitchen when police showed up.

All Black manager Darren Shand told the Herald on Sunday the players would face the consequences.

“They are going to be known - particularly across the country - as the guys who let the team down."

Shand said the injuries the All Blacks' outside backs have suffered made the behaviour even harder to comprehend.

"That's what's most disappointing. That guys would do that in a week that we are affected by injury.

"It's not what we expect in this team, particularly not in players who are playing this week.

"This is it for us, do or die. Lose and we're out."

NZ Rugby Players Association chief Rob Nichol said Shand was "spot on" in his comments directed at Dagg and Jane.

Nichol said the two players would be feeling disappointed in themselves because they let the team down.

"Those two guys have got to stand in front of their team mates and say whether they have got it right or wrong," he said.

"For a player, being accountable to his fellow teammates is the toughest thing."

The All Blacks would ensure the players are held responsible for their actions, Nichol said.

"It's not the first time and it will not be the last time when we have a guys in a team environment ... make  an error of judgement," he said.

"But there would be no shortage of accountability within the team environment."

However the All Blacks camp is remaining quiet on the incident today.

A spokesman for the team said Shand would not be making any further comment today as the team were busy preparing for the big match tonight.

He also refused to comment on whether there would be repercussions for the players' behaviour.

Alarmingly, this is the second drink-related incident in the All Blacks camp since their World Cup squad was named.

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Wing Zac Guildford also broke team protocol around drinking in the Brisbane in the last test played against the Wallabies before the World Cup.

Guildford had just been included in the World Cup squad of 30 players. After a disappointing performance against the Wallabies he indulged in a heavy session at the team's Brisbane hotel.

Guildford fronted a media conference in Christchurch during the All Blacks' World Cup pool play to publicly admit he was struggling to deal with alcohol.

Shand was at his side then and it was revealed Guildford had agreed to do a "self-improvement" programme.

- Stuff

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