All Black Collins caught urinating on the pitch

New Zealand rugby bosses have defended All Blacks flanker Jerry Collins after he was seen urinating on the pitch before the match against Australia.

The Television cameras at Jade Stadium in Christchurch captured images of Collins kneeling and urinating on the grass only minutes before kick-off. “He did his best to hide it. It’d be really good if we didn’t make a big issue of it,” said All Blacks co-coach Hansen.

Edited footage of the incident was played in national television bulletins in New Zealand on Sunday.

Hansen added: “If you’re a male and you’re about to play a Test match and you’re seconds away from kick-off and you get the urge to want to go to the toilet what do you do?

“Do you rush off and let the game start with 14 men? Or do you try to be as discreet as you can be and hope that cameramen use common sense and don’t go showing it to everyone on the screen?”

Hansen said he would speak to Collins about the incident, advising him to “get your ablutions done before you get out on the track”.

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