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They’re all at it these days.
Jerome Kaino has returned to New Zealand ahead of the All Blacks Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney after The Daily Telegraph alleged that he had been cheating on his wife with a former Australian model.
The flanker, who was left out of the squad for in Saturday’s match against the Wallabies, heads home to deal with the fall out from the reports that have cast an unhelpful cloud over the team’s preparations.
Ex-model Tara Pokarier met up with Kaino in hotels in Auckland, Sydney and Brisbane, the Telegraph reported, before discovering he was married.
“She was absolutely devastated when she realised he had a wife and kids,” a close friend of the 24-year-old said from Canberra.
“Clearly there is a cultural problem within the team if this type of thing is going on.”
New Zealand Rugby had already reopened its investigation into Aaron Smith’s shenanigans in an airport toilet cubicle, with this latest scandal leaving the All Blacks’ previously invincible reputation in tatters.