TMO outburst: Sanzar charges Graham Henry

2013-05-24 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Sanzar has brought a misconduct complaint against Graham Henry for heavily criticising the influence of the assistant match officials following the Blues’ 23-3 Super Rugby loss to the Crusaders last weekend.

Henry, who guided the All Blacks to their second Rugby World Cup victory in 2011, is an assistant to Blues coach John Kirwan and has taken a back seat in facing the media this season.

However, the 66-year-old was back to his mischievous best on Tuesday, claiming the television match official in the loss in Christchurch must have been “blind” not to have awarded Blues wing Frank Halai a try during the second half.

His comments have upset Sanzar, with the complaint being referred to Sanzar duty judicial officer Jannie Lubbe.

In bringing the complaint, Sanzar will allege that Henry’s comments on the match officials amount to misconduct under Rule 10 of the Sanzar disciplinary rules and breach the Sanzar code of conduct section 8.3 (a) and (e).

Henry failed to meet the press after the Blues training yesterday, leaving Kirwan to tell TVNZ: “Sorry to disappoint you guys …

“But we let him out and he had a bit of a dig, so we’ve just put him back again and settled him down a wee bit.”

The hearing will take place via teleconference on Sunday.

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