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All Blacks 'embarrassed' by Hore incident

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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ALL Blacks head coach Steve Hansen says he can understand the furore that has surrounded the five-match ban handed out to hooker Andrew Hore for striking Wales second row Bradley Davies.

Hore will only miss two competitive matches — tomorrow's tour finale against England at Twickenham and the opening round of the Super Rugby tournament — as a result of his attack on Davies with the ban also covering three pre-season friendlies with the Highlanders.

The decision of the disciplinary panel has been roundly criticised within the game and Hansen has admitted the world champions and Hore have been embarrassed by the incident.

"You don't want to see that in the game. Andrew was embarrassed, we were embarrassed. Our thoughts were with Bradley Davies," said Hansen.

"I understand the issue with pre-season games being included and can see that being quite frustrating, but that's the rules the IRB set and we live within those rules.

"Although we might say they're only pre-season games, (Highlanders coach) Jamie Joseph might not say the same thing.

"Do we agree with it? Probably not, but it's there."

Davies was knocked out by Hore's swinging arm and has since revealed that he has had a three-day memory loss as a result.

The Blues second row has also said he doesn't hold any personal grudge against Hore.

"We don't want to see that in the game and although we love Andrew, we didn't love what he did," Hansen added.

"The intent was to do something else, but he got it drastically wrong.

"As a result of that he hit the man on the chin and knocked him out.

"Andrew has played 300 first-class games and not made that mistake before so clearly he's not a dirty player.

"But in this instance he's made a poor decision and has paid for it.

"Our group has a zero-tolerance approach to foul play, we're not a dirty side.

"For me it's about taking responsibility, whether it's an accident or not, and we've done that in this case.

"We hope people will accept that and I know Bradley Davies has from his conversations with Andrew.

"Andrew's already said he let us down. If it's one of your own children at some stage you've got to learn to forgive.

"He's been given the message by us and the IRB and now we've forgiven him."

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  • abertawejack  |  November 29 2012, 10:19PM

    I appreciate the fact that NZ work themselves up, prior to starting games but: thuggery should not be accepted in any kind of form, referees and match officials are there to prevent this taking place. What happened to Bradley Davies, was totally unacceptable, along with other players injuries. The NZ game plan it appears looking at Wales's injuries, was to prevent any threat from people playing their normal game, by hitting them hard, (strength in depth) I think the powers that be have got this punishment wrong, on all accounts. (Andrew Hore came in from the side) NZ keep getting away with this bog standard and bully boy manic tactics, I feel sorry for the future game of Rugby Union, it'll move to Rugby League rules with regards to mauls, simply because of safer playing standards. The scrum at present also leaves a lot to be desired, at times, where players can be severely injured if it is not scrutinized and refereed properly: The physique and power of some players is immense, compared to others alike the five foot plus half back for instance. Yes I hear the opinions of rugby enthusiast, if they can't play a mans game blah blah blah etc, but they'll never see it, the fact that Rugby Union will lose out in the end. Players will need to be highly insured just to play a game.

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