Player disowned after admitting to the incident after a game in Gisborne.
Ospreys forwards coach Chris Gibbes has left Europe for head coaching role with Wellington.
Marty Banks nailed a perfect 10 out of 10 kicks for a personal haul of 26 points, to help seal their first win over Auckland at Eden Park.
In stark contrast to the feverish scenes of yesteryear when the Ranfurly Shield returned to Christchurch, last night's welcoming committee was sparse but enthusiastic.
His radar was askew but Marty Banks' goalkicking still proved the difference as Tasman pipped Counties Manukau 15-10 in a crucial NPC clash in Blenheim.
Implacable defence and rock-solid work at the set piece have set up Canterbury for a 29-23 Ranfurly Shield win over Waikato in Hamilton.
Southland have broken their duck for 2016 with a hard fought 20-16 win over Bay of Plenty in Invercargill.
Hawke's Bay have notched their first win of the Mitre 10 Cup season after running away with a 43-29 win over the Southland in Invercargill.
The pinpoint boot of Marty McKenzie has carried Taranaki to a 30-29 NPC win over luckless Counties-Manukau in Pukekohe.
Western Force halfback and former All Black Alby Mathewson has signed as injury cover for provincial side Canterbury.
Taranaki have bounced back from Saturday's disappointing loss to Tasman with a 30-14 provincial rugby crossover win over Southland in New Plymouth.
Auckland have avoided an upset NPC loss to Hawke's Bay in Napier, sneaking a 25-24 win following a dramatic finish.
Waikato are bracing for a full on assault when North Harbour challenge them for the Ranfurly Shield in Hamilton this afternoon.
Otago capitalised on a rampant opening stanza to run in a comprehensive 44-21 win over Wellington at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Jason Emery scored a 76th minute try for Manawatu to seal a thrilling 34-27 victory over a gutsy Northland side in Whangarei.
North Harbour have opened the Mitre 10 cup on high note edging Counties Manukau 20-17 at North Harbour Stadium
The Tasman Rugby Union have parted ways with winger Zac Guildford before the start of the Mitre 10 Cup season.
Eleven years after his last game for Waikato, former Ireland halfback Isaac Boss is back in Mooloo colours.
Former All Black Zac Guildford is switching his provincial allegiance from Hawke's Bay to Tasman.