Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Losing Le Plot


Here's another mess for the IRB to sort out.

France coach Bernard Laporte, for whom the term "Mad Professor" seems somewhat inadequate, has put his foot in it again, this time publicly questioning the drug enforcement policies in England and New Zealand.

It's less than a month ago that Laporte was forced by the French Rugby Federation to write a letter of apology to Stuart Dickinson after Laporte had verbally abused the Australian referee in a Wellington hotel the week following the first test against New Zealand in June. Laporte allegedly told Dickinson that he was so disgusted at his performance in the match that his team would not turn up to any game that Dickinson was appointed to in the World Cup and that he could finish Dickinson's refereeing career.

So, a letter of apology in French and the matter is closed, a particularly feeble response from the powers that be. And now this, a thinly veiled accusation that New Zealand and England are drugs cheats. If Laporte has evidence of this he should bring it to the attention of the IRB. If not, then I don't think I've seen a clearer example of someone bringing the game into disrepute and the IRB should throw the book at him.

Bernard, think about it...you are accusing England, of all teams, of taking performance enhancing drugs, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary...

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