Cruden apologises for drunken night

All Blacks fly half Aaron Cruden was axed from the squad’s tour to Argentina.

All Blacks fly half Aaron Cruden. Picture: AllBlacks.com

CAPE TOWN - All Blacks fly half Aaron Cruden has apologised for spending Saturday night out drinking which resulted in him missing the team's flight to Argentina and him being axed from the tour.

"On Saturday night, whilst out for an informal dinner in Auckland, I made a poor decision regarding the limits of my alcohol intake," the player said in a statement via the All Blacks website.

The player missed the All Black assembly before the team departed for the Argentina.

This prompted swift action from coach Steve Hansen who immediately axed Cruden from the tour despite the player having an option of taking another flight.

Cruden said, "I am deeply embarrassed by this lack of judgement and have never been more disappointed in myself. I have not only let myself down, but most importantly, I have let my team down.

The fly half added that he carries "the burden of shame and disappointment" and he was "deeply apologetic to my team, to my family, and also the New Zealand public."

According to the statement, Cruden accepts full responsibility for his actions and says he is ready to serve his penalty of missing the next two games or any other disciplinary action imposed by New Zealand Rugby.

The All Blacks face the Pumas on 28 September in Round 5 of the Rugby Championship.