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Monday 25 September 2017

Shelford calls on Anscombe to apologise for text

Hugh Farrelly

ALL BLACKS legend Wayne Shelford says incoming Ulster coach Mark Anscombe needs to "front up" and apologise for the racist text sent from his phone to Auckland Blues coach Pat Lam.

New Zealand media yesterday confirmed that a text was sent from Anscombe's phone referencing his son Gareth, who plays for Lam with the Blues, and referring to Maori and Polynesian players in a racial and derogatory way.

New Zealand's 3 News are reporting that the text used the most racially offensive term, reading: "Gareth would be playing a lot better if he didn't have n*****s playing outside him."

Anscombe has been quoted as saying that the text was sent from his home, but was not sent by him.

The new Ulster coach claims it was sent as "a joke" by someone else while he was entertaining friends in his house and that he immediately apologised to Lam.

Now former All Blacks and New Zealand Maori No 8 Shelford is demanding that Anscombe apologise formally.

"I've known Mark for a long, long time and I don't think that would've come out of Mark's mouth," said Shelford.

"He wouldn't do that, he's not that type of guy. And I think Mark needs to front up to cameras and make a formal apology on TV."

Irish Independent

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