All Blacks star offers grovelling apology to fans after disgraceful THROAT-SLITTING gesture during Super Rugby match
- Ardie Savea lost his cool on Friday night
- Throat-slitting gesture widely condemned
- During Super Pacific match at AAMI Park
- Governing body SANZARR likely to investigate
- Suspension could follow for All Blacks veteran
All Blacks star Ardie Savea has admitted he ‘has to be better’ in the wake of his throat-slitting gesture directed at Melbourne Rebels scrum-half Ryan Louwrens on Friday.
Savea, the Wellington Hurricanes captain, lost his cool after he was sin-binned for ‘escalating’ a push and shove late between a number of players in the first half at AAMI Park.
He also appeared to say, ‘You’re f—ing dead’ as he walked off for a ten-minute spell.
The 29-year-old was apologetic post match, conceding his intimidating behaviour in the round two Super Rugby Pacific match was a poor look.
‘I can understand the fans are furious around the gesture that I made,’ the 70-Test veteran for New Zealand said.
All Blacks star Ardie Savea has admitted he ‘has to be better’ in the wake of his throat-slitting gesture directed at Melbourne Rebels scrum-half Ryan Louwrens
The Hurricanes captain labelled his conduct ‘out of character’ and was quick to apologise post game
‘Kids are watching us….that was out of character for me, so I put my hand up first and I apologise for that.’
Savea added the fiery encounter with Louwrens was ‘just normal banter in the game’ – but as a role model he is well aware he needs to keep his cool.
‘We’re trying to clean up the game,’ he said. ‘I understand that, there’s no excuse for me, I have to be better.’
Former Wallabies enforcer Justin Harrison weighed in on the fracas when in commentary for Stan Sport.
‘I don’t think I’ve [ever] seen any player make that sort of action and gesture in a game,’ he said.
‘There’s better ways to get a message across.’
According to rugbypass, governing body SANZAAR will investigate the incident and Savea is tipped to face a disciplinary panel where a suspension could follow.
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