All Black Jerome Kaino has returned home to deal with a 'personal matter' after explosive claims emerged he had a torrid affair with an Australian ex-model.
New Zealand Rugby confirmed the player would be returning to New Zealand on Saturday.
According to a close friend of the 24-year-old Canberra woman, Kaino met her in hotels in Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland for sex,The Daily Telegraph reported.
Tara Pokarier allegedly first met the married rugby star in Auckland last year, telling the friend 'it was a purely sexual encounter' afterwards.
Explosive claims have emerged that Jerome Kaino (pictured, right) cheated on his wife Diana (pictured, left)
A close friend has told a newspaper that 24-year-old Canberra ex-model Tara Pokarier (pictured) met Kaino for sex in hotels around Australia
The former model was reportedly crushed when she found out the American Samoan-born rugby star was married to wife Diana and had children.
'She was absolutely devastated when she realised he had a wife and kids,' her friend told the newspaper.
'Tara asked him about his relationship status and he tried to cover up that he was married. That's when she stopped hooking up with him sexually.'
Ms Pokarier's friend decided to go public about the alleged affair so the same thing would not happen again.
Ms Pokarier (pictured) allegedly told her friend their relationship was 'purely sexual' after meeting the All Blacks star in an Auckland hotel
The former model reportedly broke off the affair when she discovered Kaino