Hore apologises for Wales hit

2012-11-29 08:01

Wellington - New Zealand hooker Andrew Hore apologised on Thursday for a hit from behind on Wales lock Bradley Davies that resulted in a five-match ban, saying he had let down his team and the entire country.

Hore, who will miss Saturday's Test against England due to the ban, said he was "embarrassed" at his action early in the 33-10 win over Wales last Saturday, which resulted in Davies being taken to hospital.

"It is not the All Black way and I have let myself down and the team and probably the whole country that is pretty proud of what we do," he told the New Zealand Herald.

VIDEO: Andrew Hore hits Bradley Davies

Hore said he had personally apologised to Davies in a phone call and he hoped the Welshman, who will miss this weekend's Test against Australia after suffering concussion from the punch, made a swift recovery.

The 74-Test veteran said senior All Blacks had taken a dim view of his action, which leaves New Zealand lacking an experienced hooker against England with Keven Mealamu likely to miss the Test with a calf injury.

"The All Black management and the leader group that I'm a part of has been pretty stern on me for getting us into this situation and I have to take what I have got and go back and start building a reputation as a good, clean, hard footy player," he said.

"Hopefully I can do that in the next Super Rugby competition when I get back playing."


  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-11-29 08:04

    Should of got minimum 8 weeks.............good on you for apologising to Davies

      omge.klits - 2012-11-29 08:49

      8weeks Are you mad bru - that's Bakkies banning territory - not a NZ'er

      Flemstone - 2012-11-29 10:36

      Based on what Lionel? Provide an example of where a similar offence has got 8 weeks?

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-11-29 10:41

      Based on the fact that he punched him from behind(coward)and kneeded him in the head enough said...that warrants 8 weeks on its own.

      jco.vanrooyen - 2012-11-29 10:46

      I wonder how the AB's get away with dirty playing. I am amazed how the refs miss this. If it was a SA player who did that, he was SPOTTED and send of with a red card and banned for 6 weeks at least. When Eben Etzibet looked into a players face the refs want to send hin of. The AB's should have played with 14 men. What about Thompson who rucked the guys head? This is a joke!

      Flemstone - 2012-11-29 11:20

      So give me an example of where this has happened Lionel? And the SA supporter crying game continues. Look at super rugby suspension stats. The AB's got their fair share. What about Greyling?

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-11-29 11:53

      Saturday was a perfect example....need I say more,as for Greyling,he should have been banned longer...happy now

      Flemstone - 2012-11-29 13:35

      Lionel I was asking for an example of where a player got 8 weeks for something similar. You haven't provided one. Luckily repeat offender Bakkies Botha's name has come up. This wasn't his first suspension or citing was it Amanda? Not a Bok hater, just sick and tired of SA supporters claiming the AB's get preferential treatment. Look at super rugby stats. They get hit just as hard as anyone else. I'm actually from SA and a Stormers supporter. I hate the fact that other SA supporters keep making us look like fools. First it was bias against SA players, now its bias for NZ players. Always a conspiracy with you lot. Bok supporters are always crying that its unfair. That's my problem, do you understand? And Amanda please don't cry about players ending up in hospital. Bakkies nearly broke Duvenhages neck in the one game. And lets not forget what he did to the Welsh prop Adam Jones. He only got 2 weeks for that.

      joneethling - 2012-11-29 15:36

      Rediculous to compare Hore to Bakkies. Hore is about half Davies' size, while Bakkies fouled small guys who were looking the other way.

      Flemstone - 2012-11-29 15:46

      Bakkies was a repeat offender, that means he will get longer suspensions. Didn't you know this Amanda? And Bakkies hit on Jones did far more damage. He only got 2 weeks for that. Bakkies headbutt on Cowan is relevant though. That was far worse than Hore's and deserved the 9 weeks. Now you can't give Hore 8 weeks if you compare it to Bakkies 9 weeks. Also a potentially serious brain injury scenario. Have you got one?

      Flemstone - 2012-11-30 11:53

      Amanda you started with the insulting language. "Get your head out your *ss man." Now don't complain when you're on the receiving end of it. "If you can headbutt harder than you can punch then you have a serious physical abnormality." This proves your ignorance. A headbutt is far more lethal than a slap, flat arm or punch. Why do you think its not allowed in MMA or UFC? If you're the one giving the headbutt with the hard part of your, the front, you're unlikely to suffer any damage. If you connect someone on soft part of the head, the back, they're likely to suffer some serious damage. Bakkies aimed with the hard part of his head, and connected Cowans soft part. You seriously need to do your own research. Picture this. A head weighs about 5kg, its like hitting someone with a rock.

  • gary.j.hirst - 2012-11-29 08:13

    Ah you pathetic excuse of a rugby player. You were smiling and laughing while watching the reply on the big screen. Go back to the sticks where you belong. IRB, you bunch of useless, spineless old farts. Catch a wakeup. NZ rugby does not rule. - 2012-11-29 08:33

      O gary, you pathetic excuse of a rugby spectator, u spineless old fart, Catch a wakeup, springsucks rugby WILL NEVER EVA rule!!!! poor u!! it must suck supporting a team that sux!!!

      gary.j.hirst - 2012-11-29 08:46

      To all the thumbs down I am the biggest fan of the way NZ play the game, but not some of their dirty tactics. He apologized because he had no choice. Even his coach is blind to NZ discretions. How could anybody not see what he did. Sad advert for NZ rugby.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-11-29 08:49

      You are a hypocrite! I've seen boks do the exact same thing! On a side note, you should respect our authority, we DO rule the rugby world you @ss!

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-11-29 09:46

      that takes balls.... apologise from half the world away and a quick phone call. bravo! hore you represent "the greatest rugby playing nation in the whole freaking world" precisely.

      Flemstone - 2012-11-29 10:38

      NZ doesn't rule, and there isn't a conspiracy against SA. NZ is simply the best rugby team on the planet. And if you look at super rugby stats, NZ players get a fair amount of citings and suspensions.

      Flemstone - 2012-11-29 11:21

      Pierre gives us a few examples. I keep hearing these claims but nobody every provides any evidence.

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-11-29 11:37

      Yes Jimmy the Boks have done that too, but the point is they get banned a lot longer. This goes back quite a number of years from the spear tackle on O’Driscol, away from the ball by Umaga and Mealamu, dislocating O'Discol's shoulder (2005 Lions Tour of NZ); NO suspension whatsoever. That incident was actually quite despicable probably exceeding anything the Boks did, at least in the modern era. Also the tip-tackle on John Smit by Brad Thorn after play has stopped (2008) - 1 lousy week. The same Mealamu headbutt on England captain Lewis Moody (2010), 2 weeks. (Not the 8 weeks that Bakkies Botha got.) There are many incidents like this. We need to get consistency in disciplinary hearings especially when the All Blacks are involved.

      Flemstone - 2012-11-29 13:39

      Pierre are you going to back that claim up with actual evidence? Bakkies only got 2 weeks for putting Adam Jones out of action for a very long time. Bakkies got 8 weeks because he's a repeat offender. Bakkies hit on Duvenhage was also left unpunished. You're talking absolute conspiracy nonsense. You cant see consistency because you're biased.

      neutedop.opinie - 2012-11-29 14:32

      Flem, Adam Thompson dance on a player's face, and get 2 weeks. Simmon spear tackle got 8. Spear tackles was legal 5 years ago, and a fist never. So a spear should be less severe? A cheap shot, from behind, 2 min into the game, without provoking him? The other player loosing match fees, and maybe his spot t someone else in future. There is your example! A spear tackle is 3 more weeks than a punch!!!!

      neutedop.opinie - 2012-11-29 14:33

      Oh Flem, Adam jones testified FOR Bakkies - and said it was ridiculous!

      Flemstone - 2012-11-29 15:48

      Sorry Neute but I'm struggling to make sense of what you're saying. How do you feel about the Greyling incident?

  • James - 2012-11-29 08:26

    This story is actually inaccurate... I saw the conference, Hore phoned Davies on Sunday (The day after the match) to apologise, but did not make it public until Thursday, which is apparently an All Black protocol, as they do not discuss such issues until after the hearing.

      caleb.drumm.1 - 2012-11-29 09:49

      Yeah i agree James, they did not speak out as this is their protocol with all judicial hearings, they did not want to prejuice Hore the hearing itself beforehand.

  • yolanda.r.haripersad - 2012-11-29 08:37

    hahaha....A hooker with the namr hore

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-11-29 09:40


  • - 2012-11-29 08:49

    hav a look at this youtube video ( showing victor "one skill" matfield doing an almost identical hit on DAN CARTER in 2006!!! sum of u springsucks supporters are such hypocrites!!!! its not our fault your team isnt entertaining u!! every team has a player that has a brain fart every now and then!! u should check which team has the most yellow cards, now thats not surprising!!! shame

      byron.goldberg.9 - 2012-11-29 10:02

      um loser, in that same clip did you see Ali Williams punch albert van den berg??? haha idiot - 2012-11-29 10:20

      haha, yes fool, i sed check the clip, and u will see thugs in the springsucks team aswell!!! wot-a-knob, um loser, haha idiot

      unclejb.vansiths - 2012-11-29 10:21

      What a load of BS that tackle doesnt even come close to what Hore the hooker did. Victors tackle was legitimate.

      kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-11-29 10:32

      pat whats your point - oh yes the AB's eventually won thier 2nd WC - all of a sudden you are making alot of noise -

      Flemstone - 2012-11-29 10:41

      Thinking of that Bakkies tackle on Duvenhage not long ago. What happened there? Nothing. - 2012-11-29 10:49

      @uncle dumb-ass, Victors tackle legitimate??? a swinging arm to the head legitimate??? your father must hav illegitimately beat your head in?? go back to cleaning streets!!!!

      jco.vanrooyen - 2012-11-29 10:53

      @pat, bla,bla,bla.....AB is a dirty team, Thompson rucked a guy on the head, excuse, did not know a head is not a rugby ball! POLONY! Hore, punch from behind, you know why? It is the way some operates! I wonder what would happened if the AB's played that game with 14 men. - 2012-11-29 11:06

      @kevin dunbham, i hav allways made alot of noise when it comes to the ALL BLACKS, u rite they did eventually win ther 2nd RWC, add to that 10 trinations, 1 rugby championship, 11 super rugby titles countless sevens titles, 4 JRWC titles, womens RWC champs and suddenly even without that second RWC we STILL way way way way better than u, all u HAD was that 1 more RWC than the ALL BLACKS, now u look SO below average u actually look like a joke!!!! pls state the rugby stat that makes ur team better than the ALL BLACKS???? pls start naming them....

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-11-29 13:12

      Pat cam that whale is beached as

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