All Black stars in booze binge

2011-10-08 20:46

Cape Town - All Black stars Cory Jane and Israel Dagg apparently went on a drinking binge in a bar in Auckland ahead of their quarter-final clash against Argentina on Sunday.

According to the website,, Jane and injured team-mate Dagg were at the Mac's Brewbar in Takapuna on Thursday.

Jane reportedly also lit up a cigarette inside the bar - breaking the Smoke-free Environments Act of 1990, which bans smoking in pubs since 2004.

When police showed up for a regulation check - a customary practice in Takapuna - bar staff apparently hid the players in the bar's kitchen. Stunned onlookers said the duo appeared to be "swaying" and "slurring" their words.

Jane reportedly waved a wad of $50 notes at the bar, offering to buy patrons a drink. He also allegedly ventured behind the bar and acted like he was going to pour himself a drink.

Two witnesses who spoke with the Herald on Sunday said the pair entered the bar about 10.45pm.

"Israel Dagg came over to talk to us but was definitely worse for wear," said one source. "He wasn't very steady on his feet, his speech was slightly slurred and he was wavering a little.

"It wasn't as if he was about to fall over but there was no doubt he was (affected).

"I asked him where they had been that night; he looked blankly at me for a second before laughing and saying 'I've got no idea'.

"He didn't have a clue where they had been that night."

Soon after the two arrived, Jane was seen smoking a cigarette by the bar.

"It was in the middle of the bar - you could see all the smoke around him. I remember thinking 'what's he doing? That's been illegal for years'.

"People were surprised but not doing anything before a staff member walked over and grabbed it off him."

The source also revealed that the pair were definitely hidden on purpose to avoid a confrontation with the police.

"It was clear that someone spotted the cops," said the witness.

"A senior staff member came out, said something quickly and motioned for them to follow. They were hiding them in the kitchen."

All Black manager Darren Shand was understandably upset about the allegations.

"They are the ones who are going to face the consequences now because they are going to be known - particularly across the country - as the guys who let the team down," said Shand.

He did, however, say the team had dealt with the matter internally and the players had been disciplined according to team protocols.

"We don't have any policy on smoking or drinking, we just expect them to make good decisions. Clearly there is enough evidence out there from both sides to say they have let themselves down. Cory had better play a blinder."

The All Blacks tackle Argentina at 9h30 (SA time) at Eden Park on Sunday.


New Zealand:
15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Sonny Bill Williams, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Isaia Toeava

15 Martin Rodriguez, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Felipe Contepomi (captain), 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Santiago Fernandez, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Mario Ledesma, 1 Rodrigo Roncero

Substitutes: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Martin Scelzo, 18 Marcos Ayerza, 19 Alejandro Campos, 20 Alfredo Lalanne, 21 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 22 Juan Imhoff


  • RandomDude - 2011-10-08 20:52

    I don't blame them . The pressure must be immense. To us it's an important tournament to them it's their national identity on the line.

      ObieKonobie - 2011-10-08 20:57

      What utter twaddle. If it's so important to them then why are they boozing it up in bars. Moron

      tootingdel - 2011-10-08 21:08

      Nonsense. They should be setting a better example. Getting durnk, misbehaving is totally the wrong way to behave and you should know better. Why sportsmen think they can do anything and get away with it is totally wrong. They should be made examples of and anyone misbehaving at all should be banned from future contests. That's the only way they will learn. The England team has behaved so badly and see what led to today. Celebrating is fine but this belief that this can mean 'getting out of it' is taking matters too far.

      722 - 2011-10-08 21:19


      ObieKonobie - 2011-10-08 21:33

      By the same logic then, I suppose it means the Poms went dwarf tossing and abusing women on drunken sprees because their national identity was on the line to such an extent that they just couldn't take the pressure. What utter drivel.

      thesaoak - 2011-10-08 21:33

      LMFAO!! I don't blame them..... they wanna have a party whilst still in the world cup. Soon it would be just a tool used to drown there sworrows!

      RandomDude - 2011-10-09 02:11

      Because they want to escape from the pressure and get some distraction ? Nothing says genius like flinging sh1t .

      RandomDude - 2011-10-09 02:16

      "By the same logic the' .. No Obbie there CAN be more than one reason people do things don't you think ?

      RandomDude - 2011-10-09 02:25

      RandomDude - 2011-10-09 03:06

      @tootingdel , I think that's overreacting a little. It's guys feeling the pressure and looking for some distraction , to much drink and presto they do something a little stupid ..dumb yes but not that big a deal. .. I'd be p1ssed if I were the coach though.

  • Sheriffff - 2011-10-08 21:02

    Premature Ejaculation . . . . start celebrating before they even win the world cup!

  • NZdreamer - 2011-10-08 21:06

    What a stupid, stupid, stupid thing to do, considering the whole world is just waiting for a 'public scandal' of any nature by any of the top rugby teams. If they were feeling the so called pressure, why the hell did they not just stay indoors and down a couple of drinks? I am a huge All Black supporter, but yes, that story left a bitter taste in my mouth, just not on!!

      AA - 2011-10-08 21:33

      I agree, they have three weeks at the most to wait. If the All Blacks loose tommorrow these players will have hell to pay. I think there is alot of substance abuse that goes on amoung alot of the top professional teams around the world. Drugs; even prescription ones such as pain killers; steriods, alchohol. This is accross the board. South Africa is not immune to it either unfortunately - that is why Os is no longer part of the coaching staff and Joost has his pictures published. These stars are role models to their country on the field but off the field some of their behaviour is absolutely questionable.

  • Angelo - 2011-10-08 21:07

    Them want to choke now not later AB THE REAL CHOKERS

      NZdreamer - 2011-10-08 21:39


      ObieKonobie - 2011-10-08 21:43


  • AA - 2011-10-08 21:23

    This does show a huge lack of comitment and professionalism from these players and one wonders what actually goes down in their camp. I have read that drinking has always been a problem in the All Black team, it used to be almost expected. Are they in this tournament to win it ? It does not look like it to me. . If the All Blacks loose this World Cup, the one on home soil, the Betty Ford Clinic can expect some new business, in fact they may as well open a center right there in New Zealnd - Guildford, Dragg and Jane would be amoungst the first few patients. However, this is their problem not ours. Hopefully our guys are solely focusing on their game ahead and retaining that World Cup. Go Bokke Go. Bring it home again boys, back where it belongs

      Scaramouche - 2011-10-08 21:40

      I think alcohol and sport have been synonemous forever, but with the professional age you would expect more discipline and self-control. They did not step out of line as much as England's players did, but still you would expect more. I can see some embarrassed apologies coming from the two soon!

  • Clark Kent - 2011-10-08 21:30

    The team could all be completely pissssssed,and still beat the pumas

      Neutkraker - 2011-10-08 21:37

      So you're not the only superman?!

      AA - 2011-10-08 21:46

      Clark. Wise words as usual. It sounds like you were out there getting motherless with them before comming here to comment. Is your sole purpose of comming on this site to illustrate what a complete and utter chop you are ? You think that there might be bigger idiots out there so you want to prove you are biggest, you doing a good job by they way but i doubt congradulations are in order.

      Clark Kent - 2011-10-08 22:07

      AA first two letter of the Alphabet how do you spell congratulations again LMFAO Idiot

      thesaoak - 2011-10-08 22:31

      @ Kent you still trolling here you dirty old man..... get a life, you don't even know how read or write.... with all your infinite knowledge of the world we would have hoped for better.... go quote your Anzac dribble again please... LMFAO old troll!!

      DeltaBravo - 2011-10-09 01:13

      Ah, ObieKonobie, from the latin meaning spawned by blood related parents and raised in a swamp.

  • mengelbrecht1 - 2011-10-08 21:34

    So What???????? This is news??????

      Scaramouche - 2011-10-08 21:44

      Yes it is. It is the world cup and you would expect rugby and discipline in the highest order. Especially three days before a major international (for Jane, Dagg is obviously injured). I read an interview with Guthro Steenkamp earlier (on SA Rugby Website) and it is interesting how pedantic the guys must be in what they eat to be in top form. Guthro referred to his love for a proper steak in the off season. So how much more when it comes to booze and smoking! Averyone has a lapse moment, but having it during the WC is newsworthy!!

      Magmansa - 2011-10-09 01:30

      @At Scara, can they not eat steak during the season?

  • Jackool - 2011-10-08 21:41

    It sounds like these guys are pretty cool to hang out with.

  • Ronnie Jacobs - 2011-10-08 21:54

    Kiwi Culture!!!

  • BardofAvon - 2011-10-08 21:58

    It's obvious they were choking on something and needed beer to wash it down.

  • Airwolf - 2011-10-08 22:21

    You can tell we live in the 21st century .. Politically Correct mountain out of a molehill. Rugby players having a bit too much to drink -WHAT?? one even lit a cigarette in the bar -WHATEVER NEXT??. Next thing they are going to be suspended and forced to make tearful public apologies as is the norm nowadays. I honestly cannot believe I am reading this cr*p

      BardofAvon - 2011-10-09 05:42

      Erm, Airwolf - it's the context that we are talking about.

  • Mr.DDT - 2011-10-08 23:43

    I was interested in seeing both Matfield and Habana out on the booze in Wellington at 2.30am the morning that SA were playing Fiji. Although neither were in the line up to play later that day I was surprised that both were not back with the squad in support and respect for their team mates who were playing. This is just part of a long rugby tournament. England certainly got on it with a passion

  • Iron John - 2011-10-09 00:01

    No harm done - a bender on Thursday, come up smiling Sunday morning.

  • Neutralist - 2011-10-09 00:59

    It's impossible for anyone, be it an All Black, Springbok, Wallaby, English etc Fan and try defend their players for idiocy like this.

  • J G - 2011-10-09 01:46

    DB powering the AB's since 1903 Giving away all NZ's secrets Nz Herald! - shame on you

  • BronwynLian - 2011-10-09 01:50

    Must be a seriously slow news day in SA today. Not enough corrupt politicians to report on? What on earth do the drinking habits of 2 All Blacks have to do with news? I can understand this making headlines in New Zealand where there really is no other news. but in South Africa????

      Clark Kent - 2011-10-09 01:55

      Totally agree Browyn anything to try and Put the mighty All Blacks in a bad light

  • weldon.broughton - 2011-10-09 02:05

    so what

  • Sean_H - 2011-10-09 02:17

    So what?

  • Yazied - 2011-10-09 03:37

    What utter garbage. No self respecting athlete will consume alcohol or smoke. All teams should have a " No alcohol/ no smoking" policy in place. Sport requires discipline. The sport is bigger than the player. The manager is weak and the "chokers" label must be influencing him in playing the player today.

  • kelvinbrink - 2011-10-09 04:12

    better drink than smoke weed in a hotel room like our cricketers did

      brown_bread - 2011-10-09 14:43

      This comparison is unethical :)

  • Uthikoloshe - 2011-10-09 05:40

    GO SUSY !!! She has cleary moved to new zealand, and poisoned these two!

  • Johann - 2011-10-09 06:10

    Nerves, Nerves!! The Boks might be coming. GOOOO BOKKE!!!!

  • Hunter 008 - 2011-10-09 09:19

    Wales to win the Rugby World Cup !!! The All Blacks will choke again !!!!

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-10-09 17:09

    Seems like the AB's are celebrating already and they have not really played against any opposition. Such is their arrogance and shocking in breeding in NZ

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