18 Aug 2023

All Blacks star calls out 'double standards' in international rugby

From Checkpoint, 5:29 pm on 18 August 2023

All Blacks first five Richie Mo'unga has slammed the decision to overturn England captain Owen Farrell's red card for a dangerous tackle and says there seems to be "double standards" in World Rugby when it comes to punishments for foul play.

The All Blacks flew out to London earlier today ahead of their final World Cup warm-up match against South Africa next weekend, before they face hosts France in the tournament's opening game on 9 September.

Farrell was yesterday let off the hook by a Six Nations Judiciary panel, who determined that his no-arms tackle to the face of a Wales player last weekend only warranted a yellow card.

World Rugby will appeal the decision. Mo'unga discussed the controversy with Joe Porter shortly before the team's flight.