Super Rugby Aotearoa: Highlanders accused of damaging Queenstown apartment complex during rowdy bender

Highlanders players have been accused of damaging a Queenstown apartment complex during their Super Rugby Aotearoa bye week. 

At least four Highlanders and friends stayed at The Glebe complex, where they caused mischief and were "intimidating guests", NZME reports.

According to witnesses, at least two players were seen urinating in a public courtyard, while parts of the complex were "littered with beer bottles". Another witness said "holes had been punched in the walls".

A 24-year-old man - who was not a member of the Highlanders playing squad - was arrested and charged with willful damage and disorderly behaviour. He is due to appear in Queenstown District Court on Monday.

"It was absolutely f****** appalling," one person told NZME. "There were people there staying with their families.

"These guys are meant to be role models to kids and world rugby. I have never seen anything like this. 

"There is nothing wrong with having a good time... but this was next level."

The Glebe manager has confirmed to NZME there had been an incident on the premises, but referred the matter to the police. 

Highlanders high performance manager Greg O'Brien says he isn't aware of the incident, while chief executive Roger Clark has not responded.

While it is unclear which players were involved, All Blacks first-five Josh Ioane and loose forward Teariki Ben-Nicholas were pictured together in an Instagram post in Queenstown.

The Highlanders are currently fourth on the Super Rugby Aotearoa standings and host the Blues in their next match on August 2.  

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