Rugby player admits assaulting opponent

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Simon Chisholm (centre) is reluctant to leave the field after being knocked out in the second half of the premier-grade rugby match. Photo / Chris Callinan
Simon Chisholm (centre) is reluctant to leave the field after being knocked out in the second half of the premier-grade rugby match. Photo / Chris Callinan

The man who knocked out former Bay of Plenty Steamers player Simon Chisholm during a rugby game has pleaded guilty.

Farmhand Uenuku Porena Peita, 22, appeared in Tauranga District Court today charged with assault with intent to injure.

Peita punched Chisholm during a premier grade match in July.

Chisholm spent two days in Tauranga Hospital with bruising to the brain.

Peita will next appear in court on December 20.

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