We bring you the latest news from the Rugby World Cup 2011.
Samoan player lashes out at IRB (Sport24)
Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has accused Rugby World Cup organisers of treating Samoa unjustly in a foul-mouthed rant on Twitter following the 17-10 loss to Wales.
Fuimaono-Sapolu was livid that Samoa had to play on Sunday only four days after meeting Namibia, while Wales had a full week off following it loss to South Africa.
He likened Samoa’s treatment by the International Rugby Board as “like slavery, like the holocaust, like apartheid.”
Fuimaono-Sapolu also dared the IRB to suspend him.
Too much Haka
Bok coach Peter de Villiers believes that the traditional All Black Haka is in danger of losing its significance because it is being performed too often during the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
“For me, about the World Cup especially, there is too many haka around,” he told the Dominion Post newspaper. “It is unique, to me, and is losing its intensity, but that is only me.
“People are becoming so used to it. It is not a novelty any more and they don’t respect it.”
Guildford admits drinking problem
All Blacks wing Zac Guildford admitted he had an alcohol problem on Monday and publicly apologised for breaking an agreement with management by drinking “excessively” after a game last month.
At a hastily called press conference, Guildford said “there is a drinking issue” and that he was taking steps to get it under control.
“I’m taking positive steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.
Guildford, a specialist wing, was considered a surprise selection for the World Cup over the more experienced Hosea Gear and Sitiveni Sivivatu.
No majory injury concerns for Boks
Team doctor Craig Roberts told reporters on Sunday that the injury bogey that was plaguing the Bok camp for some time now is showing signs of easing up.
“It is not often that I can sit after a physical game like that and report no injuries from the game,” said Roberts.
“We are quite happy, from the sideline it was quite a physical game and, apart from the normal bumps and bruises, we got away clean which is nice from an injury perspective.”
There were, however, concerns that lock Bakkies Botha had been replaced because of the Achilles (foot) injury he had been suffering from prior to the match.
But Roberts denied that the secondrower was forced to leave the field.
“The plan with Bakkies was always for him to play 40 minutes, we were always going to make the sub and bring Willem (Alberts) on after halftime,” he said.
As for wing Bryan Habana (knee), lock Victor Matfield (hamstring), flyhalf Butch James (hip flexor), centre Jean de Villiers (rib) and Johann Muller (hamstring), Roberts said that an assessment would be made at Tuesday’s training session.