NEW Zealand forward Andrew Hore’s behaviour has been condemned as “an absolute disgrace” after he was involved in a flashpoint which left Wales lock Bradley Davies out of the Test against Australia.
The second-minute incident two days ago left Davies with severe concussion and no chance of being involved when Wales face Australia.
While Davies continues his recovery, All Blacks hooker Hore must prepare for a disciplinary hearing this week that should see him land a lengthy ban after being cited by match commissioner Mike Rafter.
And Wales assistant coach Rob Howley added to the chorus of criticism aimed at Hore since he took the law into his own hands and floored Davies from behind.
“What Hore did has got no place on a rugby field as far as I am concerned,” former Wales captain Howley said.
“It was an absolute disgrace. He has been cited, and I am sure it won’t be taken too lightly.
“Situations and incidents like that have no place on the rugby field, and it had a huge impact on the game.
“It is not what the All Blacks do. They are a good enough team, anyway, so we are very, very surprised by the actions of the player.
“He (Davies) has got severe concussion. He won’t be available.”
Referee Craig Joubert missed the off-the-ball incident, as did his assistants. Had it been spotted, then Hore could have expected a red card and New Zealand been reduced to 14 men in a game they won 33-10.
In Aviva Premiership games that are broadcast live this season, a trial allows the TMO to advise the referee on any foul play, including appropriate sanctions, in addition to stopping the game if a serious incident occurs.
Howley added: “I am sure if he (referee) had seen it, action would have been taken.
“Whether you are licensed to go to the TMO on such decisions, I think that is for the IRB (International Rugby Board) to recommend.”
The cloud created by Hore’s reckless act of indiscipline has followed the New Zealand tour party to London, where preparations are now under way for next Saturday’s clash against England at Twickenham.
“Andrew has been cited and I can’t say too much about it,” All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster said.
“What I will say is that our goal is to play physical, attractive rugby. We believe we are doing that.
“It is unfortunate that something has happened, and we will deal with it through the appropriate channels. Full stop.
“We won’t try on-field stuff through the media before the actual process goes through.”
Wales have delayed naming their side to face the Wallabies until Thursday while they assess a number of injuries.
Centre Jamie Roberts (hip) will not train during the early part of this week, while flanker Ryan Jones has stitches in a head wound and will also have limited involvement.
Wing George North (hip) remains in contention to return after missing the All Blacks game, while lock Ian Evans (knee) was scheduled to undergo a fitness test yesterday and fly-half Dan Biggar was due to do limited training following a shoulder problem.