It continues to go Pete Tong with the All Blacks. Star winger and top New Zealand try scored Doug Howlett has been arrested but released on bail pending further charges after he allegedly trashed his room at the Hilton Hotel at Heathrow yesterday. If trying to reincarnate Mick Jagger's wild days from the 60s wasn't enough, he then proceeded to the hotel carpark where he did his own rendition of the Charlston on a couple of SUVs.
Dougie - all round nice guy and solid leader of the All Black backline has been a glowing role model for New Zealand these last eight years. If Graham Henry wasn't already feeling like a right dunderhead he surely will be doing so now after making a stirring coming home speech regarding the Pollyanna type qualities of his All Black team. "I'm very proud of how they conduct themselves as people," Henry said. "They're marvellous role models for this country. They put this country on the map right around the world and they touch a lot of people."
Howlett played his last game for New Zealand in Romania and could only watch helplessly from the sidelines as the All Blacks campaign once again choked to an end. (Obviously he'd a skinful and was feeling a bit depressed -I probably would have done the same in fact). He commences his contract at Irish club Munster shortly.
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