Former All Black Rene Ranger says he now concentrate on playing rugby after he was cleared of an assault charge.
The Blues winger was found not guilty in the Whangarei District Court of injuring with intent to injure relating to an incident three years ago outside the Mangawhai Tavern.
The jury took just over two hours to find him not guilty of assaulting Jason Dick.
Ranger says he can now move forward.
"It's been a tough three years for me. I feel like I've been vindicated and I'd just like to carry on with my life and concentrate on my career."
The manager of the former All Black doubts that his client's brush with the law has damaged his career.
The 25-year-old has been cleared of an assaulting Jason Dick at a Northland pub three years ago.
Simon Porter says the case hadn't restricted Ranger's chances of playing for New Zealand.
"We've got a presumption in the country that you're innocent until proven guilty and I think the NZRU and Northland Rugby have respected that. There is a disciplinary proceeding ongoing against Rene which obviously we can now turn our attention to."
Mr Porter says they're confident given the verdict, Ranger will continue to be supported by NZRU and Northland Rugby.
He says Mr Ranger has had this case shadowing him for the last three years.
"It's had a big impact on him. You'd have to say obviously when you have criminal trials there are certain significant moments and the lead up to them would have been pretty stressful I'm sure. Playing a test match would be pretty easy to what he's gone through for the last four days I'd imagine."