Mehrtens drunk on TV?

2011-10-22 14:01

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 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.



  • Brian - 2011-10-22 14:29

    So why didn't they stop him from appearing on the show if he was incapable of being interviewed?

  • Theprodigy - 2011-10-22 16:03

    "we are showcasing New Zealand talent" he said, you mean South African talent....Dr Johann Potgieter

      Kevin - 2011-10-22 19:42

      No, can't be South African talent as Merhtens had flair!!

      Thomas - 2011-10-22 19:57

      When was the first time??? Could it have been when the biggest threat to the ABs were removed!!!!!! Give him a break after the final all NZ TV hosts will be pissed!!!!!!! And if they lose they will still be pissed, only it will take a little longer as their drinks will be diluted with tears!!!!

      Theo - 2011-10-22 21:05

      Thomas judging from your bitter comments the past weeks I assume your drinks have been diluted with tears too eh? Do you also experience rwc nightmares like schalk burger too? must be tough to watch the rwc final from your couch when your teams at home watching it too eh? - 2011-10-22 21:10

      Shame Theo. Last WC final you watched was in 1995 with your team. And what happened then? Oh that dam Suzy!!!! That's tough eh? Now go pour yourself a nice tall glass of some shutup juice.

      Theo - 2011-10-22 21:37 sorry but my team/s never made it to the 1995 rwc final . We were at home already like yours is team/s is now ranked above your team at No's 3 and 4. You will officially be dropped to No 5 on monday where you belong. Now why dont you go & get yourself a nice tall glass of shut TFU eh? cause you need to.

      John - 2011-10-23 12:49

      Born to Kiwi parents living in SA at the time.

  • Anton - 2011-10-22 18:55

    Old Andrew had never stayed clear of a bit of controversy! The one fingered salute in Pretoria spring to mind!

  • Martin - 2011-10-22 18:59

    It's late night TV, who gives a damn?

  • Zion - 2011-10-22 19:16

    And to think he was one of the best in the World.

  • Gordon - 2011-10-22 19:20

    It seems alcohol abuse is a problem amongst the All Blacks lately

      Nzbro - 2011-10-22 21:14

      Gordon thats hardly an accurate comment to make since mertens stopped playing for the All Blacks in 2005. He is now an ordinary joe blog like you an I having a drink too many perhaps.Hows your alcohol intake recently? I know of 30 rugby players who will be drinking excessivley now since they returned to SA. Their team name escapes me somehow ...

  • Barry - 2011-10-22 19:30

    You probably find he was in the pub tonight with the Silver Fern team celebrating their win tomorrow. Arrogant p...ks.

      Bob - 2011-10-22 20:27

      does that mean if you were drunk tv host in SA you were celebrating an allblacks win aswell??? you fool

      Barry - 2011-10-22 20:41

      @Bob. No. You prick

      Blip - 2011-10-22 21:23

      The Silver Ferns are the netball players of NZ.

      Nzbro - 2011-10-22 21:26

      hey Barry still sulking I see. Have you tried alcohol ?. I hear its a good stress reliever and highly recommended by 30 rugby players I heard of now drowning their sorrows too. Try it !

      Barry - 2011-10-23 08:10

      @Bob Nzbro Nos. You all so cute when you are in insult mode. Bless .....

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-10-22 19:33

    Maybe he can come and commentate in SA with Blades :-)

  • Te - 2011-10-23 05:03

    Who cares, TV3 sucks anyway?. Maybe this is what they need to keep up with TVNZ.

  • Alex - 2011-10-23 11:01

    Give that man a bell's

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