Hurricanes, All Blacks winger Julian Savea charged with assault
Sunday 21 Apr 2013 12:18 p.m.
Remorseful All Blacks winger Julian Savea has apologised after being charged with assault over a domestic incident.
The 22-year-old Hurricanes star will appear in Wellington District Court tomorrow to face a charge of common assault over the incident a week ago.
Fronting at a media conference today, Savea said he couldn't go into detail about what happened: "But I will say my partner and I had an argument, I did some things that are wrong, that I shouldn't have done, and I apologise for that.
"To my partner and family, I want to say I'm sorry."
He said he wasn't making excuses for what had happened.
"I know what I did was wrong, and I'm taking steps to make sure this will never happen again."
Hurricanes chief executive James Te Puni said the club was "disappointed to have this situation emerge".
"I have spoken with Julian who is deeply upset to be in this position and now needs to deal with the situation," he said.
New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said the organisation will await the outcome of the court process before deciding whether to hold its own misconduct proceedings.
However, it was not a good look for the sport, he said.
"Without judging the rights or wrongs of this case, we are concerned that this is another incident involving a young player. We need to find out whether we are doing enough to help these young men cope with the pressures of the professional game.
"As a result of these various incidents, we will be undertaking an independent assessment of the support we provide players from their time of induction into the professional game."
Savea appeared on posters for last year's It's Not OK campaign against family violence.
"Given that, Julian is embarrassed and apologetic he now finds himself in this situation," Te Puni said.
Savea was a star of the Rongotai College first 15 and first made the New Zealand secondary schools side as a year 12 student in 2007. He was selected in the 2008 Hurricanes academy squad while still at school.
Savea has played nine Tests since his All Blacks debut against Ireland in June last year.
The left winger has been in excellent form for the Hurricanes this season, scoring four tries to date. His brother Ardie also plays for the team.