Still sore about spear tackle that tainted New Zealand rugby
I feel compelled to write this letter after reading the latest denial of any wrongdoing by New Zealand during the last Lions tour there in 2005, as reported by your correspondent Ruaidhri O'Connor (Irish Independent, 'Kiwis Lose Their Reason Over Umaga', June 8).
Tana Umaga was the New Zealand player who, along with his colleague Keven Mealamu, inflicted an act of gross barbarity in the form of a spear tackle on Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll in the first test 12 years ago. This was a tackle which, apart altogether from ending the Irish centre's tour instantly, could have seriously maimed if not killed him.
For a New Zealand scribe to then suggest that in Umaga leading the Auckland Blues to their win over the Lions last Wednesday, this represented his night of redemption is utterly shocking.