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All Blacks demanding answers from World Rugby over refereeing in Rugby World Cup final


The All Blacks have arrived back in the country today following the epic Rugby World Cup final defeat to South Africa on Sunday.

They landed at Auckland Airport this afternoon and were greeted by fans welcoming them home and lining up for selfies and autographs.

The All Blacks are demanding answers from World Rugby over a number of contentious refereeing calls in their agonising Rugby World Cup final loss to the Springboks.

The match officials were the biggest talking point out of the dramatic decider at the Stade de France, with Wayne Barnes and fellow Englishman Tom Foley in the TMO box coming in for huge criticism for their handling of the contest.

Asked if the team had, or would bother to, review the game, considering there was no next week, and that most of the coaching team, and several players, won’t be returning to the national side next year, Foster noted: “It probably won’t be officially, it certainly will be by me and our coaching group”, before divulging they had sent on their frustrations to the game’s powerbrokers.

“We’ve already sent a file into World Rugby to get them to make a few comments on,” he said. “Hopefully they do.”

Asked what areas in particular he was referring to, Foster didn’t care to elaborate.

Dean Purcell