A former All Black was given interim name suppression when he appeared briefly in Wellington District Court today on assault and drug charges.

Judge Bruce Davidson remanded the 45-year-old on bail without plea for three weeks.

He was told the accused was seeking a medical report and intended to ask for police diversion.

"There is sufficient medical opinion before me at the moment to justify interim name suppression,'' the judge said

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The man has been charged with assault on a female, common assault, resisting police, and possessing cannabis and drug utensils.