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Did the French eye-gouge Richie McCaw in RWC final?
10-25-2011, 10:16 AM
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Did the French eye-gouge Richie McCaw in RWC final?
The New Zealand press certainly seem to think so – apparently sources form inside the AB camp say that he was gouged while competing at a ruck at the end of the game, and that the team's annoyance at this bit of disgraceful behaviour was why there were no handshakes at full time and why McCaw said absolutely nothing about the French team in his post-match speech.

The ABs are saying nothing about it and haven't made a complaint, but that's hardly surprising – they don't want that story overshadowing their World Cup win after all.

Stuff.co.nz has a video of the alleged event, posted below – it's impossible to see what happened, but it's pretty clear McCaw requires treatment to his eye area after the play is brought to a halt…

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10-25-2011, 10:44 AM
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RE: Did the French eye-gouge Richie McCaw in RWC final?
Scratch that, we've got a new angle – it's Rougerie and it's quite fucking blatant. Throw the fucking book at him.


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10-25-2011, 10:50 AM
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RE: Did the French eye-gouge Richie McCaw in RWC final?
What's the time limit for the citing commisioner to act?
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10-25-2011, 12:09 PM
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RE: Did the French eye-gouge Richie McCaw in RWC final?
Rumour is that the deadline has already passed, travesty if it has…

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10-25-2011, 01:16 PM
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RE: Did the French eye-gouge Richie McCaw in RWC final?
Quote:A Citing Commissioner from a neutral country will be appointed for each of the 48 Matches in the Tournament. The Citing Commissioner will review the Match live and from recordings. He will have access to all the available Match clips from the host broadcaster SKY NZ. The Citing Commissioner may cite a Player for an act of Illegal and/or Foul Play contrary to Law 10.4 of the Laws of the Game within 36 hours of the conclusion of the Match.

Indeed it has.
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10-25-2011, 07:59 PM
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RE: Did the French eye-gouge Richie McCaw in RWC final?
Did I miss the "Headbutt" ? Also, this really does just add fuel to the IRB are boobins fire, doesn't it ? (even if it's just me thinking it Big Grin )
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10-26-2011, 10:05 AM (This post was last modified: 10-26-2011 10:10 AM by Josh G.)
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RE: Did the French eye-gouge Richie McCaw in RWC final?
This video is better quality than the one above and you can see the headbutt more clearly, as he comes in he quite clearly dips the crown of his head towards McCaws as he flies in to clear out, butts him, then rakes his fingers over his eyes… Nasty shit. The way he appears to adjust his body to hit McCaw as he's coming in gives the game away. If he was just clearing out he'd smash in to where he eventually ends up, but he purposefully goes for McCaw's head.


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