Toulouse - Former All Blacks scrumhalf Byron Kelleher has been arrested in the French city of Toulouse and placed in custody for "destruction and domestic violence," a police source said.
The 39-year-old was picked up in the early hours of Wednesday morning at his home where he was alleged to be in a drunk condition and taken into custody.
He was still under arrest on Wednesday afternoon, confirming a report in the Depeche du Midi newspaper.
Kelleher, who played for Toulouse from 2007-2011, has fallen foul of the law in France before.
In 2009, he was involved in a brawl after a collision with a car while driving under the influence. He was also arrested in October 2013 in Bordeaux for drink driving.
Kelleher, capped 57 times by the All Blacks, started his career with Highlanders and Chiefs in New Zealand before playing at Toulouse for four seasons, helping the French giants to the Top 14 title in 2008 and 2011 and European Cup in 2010.
He moved to Stade Français in June 2011 where he spent one season before returning to Toulouse where he opened a rugby-themed bar in 2015.