Kaino quits New Zealand squad for Australia Bledisloe Cup clash amid allegations he was having an affair on the back of claims Aaron Smith was involved in tryst in airport toilet
NEW ZEALAND have sent home Jerome Kaino in disgrace as the All-Blacks fight to save their reputation after a second sex scandal rocked the squad.
Kaino has been dumped from the squad to face Australia in the Bledisloe Cup after it was revealed he was allegedly having an affair with a model.
The flanker was said to have met Tara Pokarier in hotels across Austalia and New Zealand even though he is married to Diana Breslin.
Furious All-Blacks bosses sent Kaino packing back home to his family for ‘personal reasons’ after details of the affair were made public in Australian newspaper The Telegraph.
They come just days after they were forced to re-open an investigation into the behaviour of half-back Aaron Smith after he was caught in a tryst with a lawyer in an airport toilet.
Smith was banned for one match and sent home from the tour of South Africa last year after his sexual encounter while on All-Blacks duty.
But it has this week been alleged he was not straight with Kiwi bosses at the time, and they have been forced to investigate further into his actions amid claims he was involved in a two-year affair with the brunette.
The scandals have rocked New Zealand rugby to the core, with their previously immaculate reputation in tatters with suggestions there was a culture of bad behaviour within the squad.
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New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said: “We certainly understand that our game and our players are under public scrutiny and these latest stories are concerning.
“As an employer, we will take some time to assess this.
“While NZR does not wish to comment on individual behaviour, it is clear that this is really hurting rugby, all the people concerned, our fans and supporters.
“We take these issues very seriously, and are also mindful that these issues affect people with families and loved ones.
“At a time when we are grappling with our cultural reputation, the Respect and Responsibility Review, which is currently under way, is even more important.
“The Review is being presented to the NZR Board this month and we are looking to make that public sometime in September.”