Rugby: French coach apologies for ref blast

12th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

WELLINGTON, July 12, 2007 (AFP) - French rugby coach Bernard Laporte has written to Australian referee Stuart Dickinson apologising for his verbal attack in Wellington last month, The Dominion Post newspaper reported Thursday.

WELLINGTON, July 12, 2007 (AFP) - French rugby coach Bernard Laporte has written to Australian referee Stuart Dickinson apologising for his verbal attack in Wellington last month, The Dominion Post newspaper reported Thursday.

On the eve of the second Test against the All Blacks, a furious Laporte confronted Dickinson in a hotel foyer to complain about his handling of the first Test which France lost 11-42.

He also threatened to ruin the Australian's refereeing future.

An eye-witness to the confrontation claimed the Frenchman told Dickinson: "You do this tomorrow and you will be finished."

Dickinson laughed off the incident as "a storm in a teacup" and told the newspaper Laporte had since written to him -- in French.

"I've had the letter partly translated, and he has apologised, which is fine," Dickinson said.

Laporte, who has coached France since 1999, will take over the post of French sports minister following this year's World Cup.


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