Hore labelled 'absolute disgrace'

Andrew Hore arrives for a recovery session at Imperial College in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
Andrew Hore arrives for a recovery session at Imperial College in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
The condemnation of All Blacks hooker and Highlanders captain Andrew Hore has continued with Wales assistant coach Rob Howley calling Hore's challenge on Bradley Davies on Sunday as "an absolute disgrace".

Davies was taken to hospital after being struck from behind in the second minute of the game by Hore, who was subsequently cited by match commissioner Mike Rafter and will face a disciplinary hearing this week.

Howley is hoping for a lengthy ban.

"What Hore did has got no place on a rugby field, as far as I am concerned," Howley told reporters in Cardiff ahead of Wales' match with Australia this weekend.

"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."

Wales head coach Warren Gatland, who has put back his team announcement until Thursday because of a lengthy injury list, hopes to receive good news over the fitness of Davies ahead of this weekend's Millennium Stadium clash.

The All Blacks take on England at Twickenham on Sunday morning (NZT) in their final game of their end-of-year tour and coach Steve Hansen has drafted in Hika Elliot to cover for the likely absence of Hore and Keven Mealamu, who is struggling with a calf injury.

- additional reporting AAP

 

Absolute pure filth

Absolute pure filth from Hore, and yet more spin doctoring trying to deflect by trying to get the public to think that the All Blacks are 'saints' on the field. Far too many kiwis are far to good at pointing out what other teams' players do to the ABs, yet all too easily forget about the filth that the ABs get away with.

It's not tiddlywinks

You didn't see this level of anger at that South African who nailed McCaw in the face. Let's just accept that it was against the rules, it has been cited and will be taken care of. 

Hore is a good player who has made one mistake, character assassination is hardly necessary. Media shouldn't bother reporting such comments.