24 Nov 2008

OZ coach alleges conspiracy after World Cup loss

10:10 am on 24 November 2008

The Australian rugby league coach Ricky Stuart was so incensed by his team's shock loss to the Kiwis in the World Cup final on Saturday night, he lashed out at the ARL's chief executive Geoff Carr, alleging a conspiracy by tournament organisers.

Stuart is understood to have taken exception to a number of refereeing decisions in the final in Brisbane, claiming an Australia loss suited the organisers and the future of the World Cup.

Despite his outburst, Carr said Stuart would have his support if he wants to stay on for another year as national coach.