Binge costs 6 All Blacks

AUCKLAND - Six All Blacks have been fined and reprimanded by the team's managers for a late night drinking binge in the lead-up to Saturday's Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations rugby decider against Australia.

Conrad Smith, John Schwalger, Troy Flavell, Rico Gear, Ross Filipo and Piri Weepu were not involved in New Zealand's 26-12 victory at Eden Park.

They were spotted returning to the hotel at 4am on Friday. A hotel guest ratted on the players, who were each fined 500 New Zealand dollars (about R2 760). - Sapa-AFP