SANZAR: Henry must apologise
Graham Henry (Gallo Images)
Auckland - World Cup-winning All Blacks coach Graham Henry has been reprimanded for
breaching Super Rugby's Code of Conduct by criticizing refereeing in
the recent match between the Auckland-based Blues and Crusaders.
The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe SC has accepted a guilty plea from Sir Graham Henry of the Blues for a Misconduct Complaint brought against him by SANZAR.
The complaint relates to comments made on TV NZ News on 21 May 2013 which were widely reported through other media outlets and breached Sections 8.3 (a) and (e) of the SANZAR Code of Conduct.
In releasing his finding, Mr Lubbe ruled the following:
Immediately after he was advised of the investigation by SANZAR into the alleged breach of the Code of Conduct, Sir Graham wrote to SANZAR and conceded that his remarks and comments were inappropriate and he apologised stating that it was never his intention to offend the officials involved.
It is important that all involved in the Super Rugby competition should respect, comply and abide by the SANZAR Code of Conduct.
In considering an appropriate sanction in matters like this, the interests of SANZAR must be taken into account.
After careful consideration of the remarks/comments, the immediate reaction and apology, that Sir Graham has never before found himself in a situation like this and his exemplary record as a rugby coach stretching over 40 years, the DJO decided to impose the following sanction which was accepted by Sir Graham:
1) Sir Graham Henry is reprimanded for breach of the SANZAR Code of Conduct and cautioned to refrain from such action in future;
2) He must issue a public apology to SANZAR and the match officials involved.