All Blacks flanker Chris Masoe was fined NZ$3,000 (£1,000) after being found guilty of hitting a man during a scuffle in a Christchurch bar.
The New Zealand Rugby Union fined Masoe after the incident which also involved ex-All Blacks captain Tana Umaga. Masoe reportedly punched a man in the jaw after tripping over his legs at about 7am on Sunday in Christchurch.
Umaga then grabbed a woman's handbag and hit Masoe twice across the head, at which Masoe allegedly burst into tears. The two players were out in the city after their Wellington Hurricanes' side lost Saturday's Super 14 final to the Canterbury Crusaders.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
All Blacks fight with hangbags - literally
Fisticuffs on the rugby pitch is often referred to by TV commentators at 'handbags', indicating the plays are fighting in an effeminate fashion. Judging by the news story quoted below, New Zealand's mighty All Blacks have no problems getting in touch with them softer, gentler personas [italics are my own]: