Mehrtens drunk on TV?
Auckland - Accusations that All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens appeared on live television while drunk have been raised for the second time during the Rugby World Cup.
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According to the stuff.co.nz website, Mehrtens appeared on the TV3 rugby panel show Cup Talk last Thursday night with glazed eyes and slurred speech.
He was with host James Gemmell and panelists David Campese, a former Wallaby, and former Welsh player Scott Quinnell.
The former Canterbury player, now living in France, slugged back water during the 30-minute late-night show and at one point Quinnell tipped his own glass of water into Mehrtens's empty glass.
After one of the ad breaks Gemmell mentioned an incident had just occurred but refrained from giving details to viewers.
Claims of Mehrtens drinking before going on TV were made after an earlier Cup Talk show aired on September 12.
TV3 bosses sidestepped the allegations and put his behaviour down to jet lag, though he had arrived in the country six days earlier.
Mehrtens, 38, who was born in Durban, is currently playing for the third division French team Beziers after an illustrious 12-year career at first-class level.
The first-five played 70 Test matches for the All Blacks, 87 games for the Crusaders and 108 for Canterbury.