Savea follows a long history of violence and assault in New Zealand rugby

After the shocking reports of Julian Savea assaulting his partener have come to light in the press, we take a lookRW Stamp into a troublesome history for Kiwi rugby players.

Top  New Zealand rugby players in trouble

2006: All Black forward Sione Lauaki granted diversion after admitting an assault charge. In 2010, Lauaki is fined NZ$800 for another assault.

April 2007: Former All Black wing Sitiveni Sivivatu pleads guilty to assaulting his wife. He is discharged without conviction.

November 2007: Chiefs back Soseni Anesi fined and granted diversion after pleading guilty to assault.

April 2009: Blues halfback Taniela Moa charged with assault after throwing a bottle that hit a woman at the Marist Rugby Club. He was granted diversion.

June 2009: All Black forward Adam Thomson cleared of assault charges after his partner admits she overreacted by calling 111 during an argument at a motel following a wedding.

December 2009: Taranaki player and Samoa sevens rep Paul Perez issued with a deportation order after being convicted of assaulting his partner.

September 2011: Canterbury NPC player Paea Fa’anunu is fined NZ$1000 for assaulting his partner.

November 2011: Naked, bleeding All Black Zac Guildford staggers into a bar in Rarotonga and punches two holidaymakers. Guildford vows to give up drinking, but in January this year he is again in trouble, after punching a partygoer at a Christchurch house. Guildford confesses he is an alcoholic and seeks treatment.

December 2011: An unnamed former All Black is convicted of assaulting his son with a leather belt. The boy received minor bruising to his shoulder and redness and bruising to his lower leg. The conviction is later overturned by the high court.

May 2012: Former All Black Stephen Bachop convicted of assaulting his partner, a member of the public and resisting arrest. He was discharged without penalty after paying a NZ$500 donation to Women’s Refuge.

August 2012: All Black back Rene Ranger cleared of an assault charge after an altercation in a Northland pub car park that left a man unconscious.

March 2013: All Blacks loose forward Jerry Collins has been arrested in Japan on charges of illegally carrying a kitchen knife.

April 2013: All Black wing Julian Savea charged with assaulting his partner.


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