Fri, 24 Sep 2021

All Blacks loose forward Shannon Frizell, who is in the squad due to play Australia next month, appeared in court on Tuesday charged with assault following a nightclub incident in the southern city of Dunedin.

Frizell, who has played 15 Tests and runs out for the Dunedin-based Highlanders, faced two charges of assaulting a woman and one of common assault on 9 May.

The case was adjourned until September so Frizell could complete the requirements of diversion - a scheme used by police in New Zealand to help first offenders avoid a conviction.

To qualify for diversion, an accused must accept responsibility and police will set conditions which may include a letter of apology to the victim and compensation.

Outside court, Frizell, 27, apologised to the victims and said he would "try to do everything I can to restore people's faith in me. I already have put a plan in place with counsellors to help me address areas I want to work on."

A New Zealand Rugby official said they would meet with Frizell this week.

Source: News24

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