Statement: All Blacks file official complaint to World Rugby - Ruck

Statement: All Blacks file official complaint to World Rugby

The All Blacks have submitted a formal complaint to the governing bodies concerning the refereeing during the Rugby World Cup final.

Ian Foster’s team expressed their dissatisfaction with certain officiating decisions that appeared to work against them in the tournament’s headline match.

In Paris last Saturday, New Zealand endured a 12-11 loss to South Africa, missing out on their opportunity to secure a historic fourth championship title.

Instead, the Springboks claimed this distinction, thanks to Handre Pollard’s successful conversion of four penalty kicks in their narrow victory over the weekend.

A significant portion of the game saw the All Blacks competing with only 14 players on the field due to Sam Cane’s expulsion for a dangerous tackle on Jesse Kriel.

“We’ve already sent a file into World Rugby to get them to make a few comments on,” Foster said. “Hopefully they do.”

Asked to give specific examples of what they were unhappy with, the former New Zealand head coach responded: “Oh, I think you can guess.”

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Richest Rugby Players:

6. Owen Farrell (England) – £2.6m

The Farrell family currently resides in Hertfordshire, England, where they lead a private and family-oriented life, away from the glare of the public eye. While Georgie may choose to stay out of the limelight, her presence and support have undoubtedly played a significant role in Owen’s success, both on and off the rugby field.

Their net worth is reported to be around £2.58m.

5. Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand) – £11.6m

Despite his early exit from Toronto, the two-time Rugby World Cup winner still finds himself on the list. Starring in multiple sports; rugby league, rugby union and boxing, Williams has been in demand and has made good money down the years from numerous huge contracts.

Sonny Bill Facts:

  1. His actual full name is Sonny William Williams
  2. Williams’s younger sister, Niall, is a New Zealand former international touch football captain and current New Zealand rugby sevens player
  3. He was only the second person to represent New Zealand in rugby union after first playing for the country in rugby league
  4. Williams is one of only 21 players to have won the Rugby World Cup twice
  5. He onverted to Islam in 2009, while in France playing for Toulon


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