Masoe gets fine

All Black rugby player Chris Masoe has been fined 3000 New Zealand dollars for his part in a barroom scuffle early on Sunday morning.

The incident ended when Masoe was hit over the head with a woman’s handbag by former New Zealand captain Tana Umaga.

Umaga escaped penalty over the incident which occurred early Sunday morning, after the Super 14 final between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes.

Eyewitnesses said Masoe punched a patron in the face at a bar in the South Island city of Christchurch and was immediately punished by Umaga, who grabbed a women’s purse and hit him on the head.

The tough All Blacks flanker then burst into tears and had to be calmed before being escorted from the bar by Umaga and a female bouncer.

Wellington Hurricanes management and the New Zealand Rugby Union found Masoe had breached serious misconduct provisions of his employment contract.

“I accept that it was totally inappropriate to behave the way I did and regret that it happened,” Masoe told the Associated Press. “I again would like to apologize for any offense my actions may have caused.”

Umaga’s role in the incident was also investigated. The New Zealand union found he had acted to defuse the situation and had no charge to answer.