Thursday 22 August 2019

Brian O'Driscoll blasts 'sham' decision to clear All Black of eye-gouging offence on ex-Leinster lock Kane Douglas

New Zealand's Malakai Fekitoa is tackled by Australia's Dean Mumm and Kane Douglas, who was alleged to have been eye-gouged by All Black Owen Franks. AFP PHOTO / Marty MelvilleMARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's Malakai Fekitoa is tackled by Australia's Dean Mumm and Kane Douglas, who was alleged to have been eye-gouged by All Black Owen Franks. AFP PHOTO / Marty MelvilleMARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
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Former Ireland and Leinster captain Brian O’Driscoll has slammed the decision to clear All Black prop Owen Franks of any wrongdoing after he was alleged to have eye-gouged Australia lock Kane Douglas in yesterday’s Bledisloe Cup match.

For the 14th time in as many seasons, the All Blacks secured the Bledisloe Cup by beating defending champions Australia 29-9 in Wellington in the Rugby Championship.

New Zealand outscored the Wallabies by four tries to zero in an encounter pockmarked by a number of unsavoury incidents.

Most notably in the first half, when Franks looked to have made contact with the eyes of former Leinster second row Kane Douglas.

However, the governing body, SANZAAR, deemed there to have been no untoward conduct from Franks, despite footage emerging that appears to completely contradict the finding, and All Black coach Steve Hansen commended the dcision.

This morning on Twitter, O’Driscoll described the decision as a ‘sham’ and appealed to the IRB in his post.

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