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Thu Apr 24 10:30:37 SAST 2014

Henry faces storm over match-fixing comments

Sapa-AP | 30 July, 2012 10:320 Comments
Graham Henry Press Conference
All Blacks coach Graham Henry attends a press conference announcing his resignation at Auckland university RFC on November 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand
Image by: Sandra Mu / Getty Images

Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry is facing widespread criticism after revealing in an authorised biography he suspected match-fixing might have played a part in his team’s shock loss to France in a 2007 World Cup quarterfinal.

New Zealander Bob Francis, who appointed England’s Wayne Barnes to referee the match at Cardiff, won 20-18 by France, was among those on Monday who took issue with Henry’s comments.

Francis, at the time an International Rugby Board referee selector, said “the suggestion of match fixing is a disgrace” and added Henry’s comments damaged his credibility and reputation.

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