The Highlanders Rugby have apologised after seven of their players were involved in drunken night out in Queenstown last weekend, but none of the group will be stood down from the game against the Blues in Dunedin on Sunday.
The Highlanders players were staying at the Glebe Apartments at the popular tourist spot, and police were called after fellow guests complained several times in the small hours of Saturday about their behaviour and noise levels.
A Timaru man, Zorrho Folomalo Lavea, 24, was subsequently charged of wilful damage but the Highlanders said he was not known to the players until the night in question.
“From our investigation, we can confirm that no damage at the apartments was caused by any Highlanders player,” CEO Roger Clark said.
“Having said that, we’re extremely disappointed that some of our players’ antisocial behaviour forced guests to endure a disturbed night.
“As a club we apologise unreservedly to those guests involved.”
The Highlanders have not revealed the identity of the players involved, describing it as an employment issue”, but say they will face internal sanctions.