All Blacks Jimmy Cowan, Stephen Donald and Jamie Mackintosh have escaped serious injuries in an incident where they were reportedly attacked by a group of skinheads.
The New Zealand Herald reported that the trio were attacked by a group described as skinheads in the early hours of December 29 after a Blacks Seeds concert at the Coroglen Tavern.
A local taxi river who helped them flee the scene claimed to have witnessed "six or seven" men attack the trio over three to four minutes. Mackintosh and Cowan declined to comment, with the latter saying via text that the incident had been "blown out of context".
At one point the 130kg Mackintosh reportedly covered Donald, who was left with facial injuries, with his body to protect him.
Mackintosh and Cowan's agent, Tom Downey, spoke with the players on Monday.
"Unfortunately, dealing with these sorts of incidents was a fact of life for high-profile people," said Downey.
"It's probably a good example of the potential for high-profile people to be the target of a certain group of people. It's something all high-profile sports people need to be aware of."
All Blacks manager Darren Shand praised the players for the way they handled themselves.
"We haven't been in touch with the players as yet but from the reports, it appears they did the right thing and got themselves away from a dangerous and difficult situation," he said.