Higginbotham regrets UK ban

2012-10-29 10:21

Sydney - Wallaby forward Scott Higginbotham said on Monday he was finding it hard to deal with missing the team's European tour after being suspended for striking All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

Higginbotham was dropped from the squad to face France, England, Italy, and Wales next month after being handed a two-match ban over the McCaw kneeing and head-butting incident in the Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane.

It effectively means a four-match ban, with coach Robbie Deans saying he could not take a chance on including Higginbotham, who would only be available for the final two Tests against Italy and Wales.

The blindside flank said it was tough to take.

"I copped the two-week penalty and, in that I also missed the tour, it's hard to swallow but if you do the crime you do the time and I guess I'm paying for it now," he told reporters.

"It feels like a double punishment but they have to cover all their areas and in that they needed a No 8 to come on tour to back up Cliffy (Wycliff Palu)."

He said he was trying to look at the upside of the ban, with unexpected time to integrate himself in the set-up at his new Super Rugby team Melbourne Rebels, having moved from the Reds.

"Blokes down here, there are some big boys," he said.

"Being with the Reds previously we were a small pack. We were a good team and we won the premiership with that pack but there are a lot of solid boys (here) and a lot of stuff to look forward to playing."


  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-29 10:31

    Convict scum!!!

      sharkie.fin - 2012-10-29 11:28

      Richie McCaw. Biggest cheat ever in rugby!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-29 11:36

      The guppies....chokers of world rugby!!!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-29 11:37

      LOL " Scott Higginbotham said on Monday he was finding it hard to deal with missing the team's European tour" what a crack up he is. His 1 second of stupidity turns into a 4 match ban of regret. I'm sure richie's forgotten about the incident right after the match & this clown will always remember his own stupidity.Its what he will be remembered for (stupidity) and NOT as being a great flanker like McCaw. LOL I love it.

      sharkie.fin - 2012-10-29 12:11

      NZ choked long enough. Cant win a world cup away from home. Ag shame :'(

      marnusmnorval - 2012-10-29 13:23

      SAs got some of the biggest thugs in world rugby, matfield, bakkies, eben, and the list goes on and on and your referees are poor.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-29 15:13

      @sharkfinsoup... Is that all you've got? WC's don't bother me mate, winning constantly is the way forward... But I understand if you don't know what that is! You still haven't figured out what and openside loosie is supposed to do! It's not what you girls were doing on Saturday that is for sure!

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