World Rugby Issues Apology To The All Blacks
Irish fans looks away now.
Much has been said of Ireland’s clash with New Zealand this past weekend. The All Blacks came out on top in Dublin but the game was marred in controversy due to a number of questionable decisions by referee Jaco Peyper and his team.
Sam Cane was involved in a dangerous collision with Robbie Henshaw that resulted in a citing but no punishment during the game that infuriated many people. Henshaw was stretchered off but Cane’s offence didn’t warrant a card according to the referee, despite footage clearly showing the flanker led with his shoulder.
Malakai Fekitoa was yellow carded for a shocking challenge on Simon Zebo also in the game, that World Rugby have since admitted was a red card offence. Fekitoa was suspended for a week on Monday following a hearing that deemed his tackle warranted a red.
News however has broken this morning that World Rugby have issued an apology to the All Blacks due to the yellow card that Aaron Smith received during the first-half of the game. Their Referees chief Alain Rolland has told New Zealand coach Steve Hansen that Peyper wrongly sin binned Aaron Smith during the first half.
The All Black scrum half was sent to the stands after taking Conor Murray out at the base of a ruck during the 16th minute.
The irony of this we’re sure is not lost on Ireland, especially considering Rolland is indeed an Irishman.
Any apology for the Fekitoa incident Alain? Want us to get Joe’s number for you?