All Blacks target IRB

The All Blacks management will officially complain to the game’s governing body about its players being made an off-the-ball target in 2006.

Graham Henry told the media he found the opposition’s approach unacceptable when it came to dirty play and that it would serve no purpose to highlight the incidents in the build-up to the test. He said the forum to address the issue was with the International Rugby Board and the management would be making a complaint with supporting evidence of New Zealand’s players being played off the ball.

Henry was incensed at Australia’s attempts to negate Richie McCaw’s presence in the recent Bledisloe Cup match and the All Blacks management accused South Africa of similar tactics in the 45-26 win against the Springboks.

The late and high tackle by Victor Matfield on Dan Carter is just one example of where they believe teams are overstepping the mark.

Henry is hopeful that if addressed at the right forum and away from the emotion of a test match week the management will get clarity from the IRB and also get the necessary action in future tests.