All Black Confronts Anger Issues

All Black Malakai Fekitoa has been praised for openly admitting anger issues.

image credit: www.allblacks.comHe drew positive responses for opening up on his Instagram account where he has 173,000 followers.

"I've got a huge problem with anger. I don't handle some situation very well on and off the field. I get really angry sometimes and flip out so I would like to Apologize publicly to any of you if I ever said something really hurtful to you at home, on the field and through social media. I'm ashamed and regretful, Lesson learnt. I suggest that no matter how old you are or who you are. Whatever it is. You need to speak to someone about it. Your feelings and what's inside you. Its never bad until it will cost you. #CallOutForHelp," the Tongan-born World Cup winner wrote.

Days after his comments, he split with his partner Caroline McNaught.

Fekitoa has won 13 caps for the All Blacks since 2014. He is expected to play a leading role in the All Blacks this year with New Zealand needing to build a new midfield following the international retirements of stalwarts Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith.

He was raised in a family of 15 children on Tonga's Ha'apai Islands, regularly shared a house with more than 20 family members, but was just 14 when his father Eni died after a car crash.

He could not speak any English when he came to Auckland on a rugby scholarship with Wesley College, after shining for the Tongan sevens team as a teenager.