France await decision on haka challenge

DAVID LONG
Last updated 05:00 25/10/2011
FACE-OFF: The French team broke with normal protocol and lined up in a V-formation before moving rapidly well inside the All Blacks' half by the time the haka had finished.
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FACE-OFF: The French team broke with normal protocol and lined up in a V-formation before moving rapidly well inside the All Blacks' half by the time the haka had finished.

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IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset says they will look at whether France should be fined or receive any other form of penalty for the way they faced the haka in the World Cup final on Sunday night.

The French team broke with normal protocol and lined up in a V-formation before moving rapidly well inside the All Blacks' half by the time the haka had finished.

Their actions were against IRB rules, and they could face a possible fine of up to 10,000 pounds (NZ$19,780), reported www.thescore.ie.

Speaking at the final press conference of this World Cup, Lapasset said their actions will be discussed.

"It was not an aggressive response," Lapasset said.

"It was just the positioning on the field. Sure, they passed the line of 50m but we need to discuss about that and what processes there are to go forward with this response."

Lapasset has hailed the 2011 World Cup as a success, but says he expects the next tournament in England in four years to be equally successful, yet having little in common with this World Cup.

"Each tournament is different and we have a common vision on that." he said.

"We need to deliver a tournament to the capacity of the country that holds it.

"We need to adapt the solutions with the country and the local union that holds it.

"The legacy from New Zealand will be high. New Zealand delivered a high-profile World Cup and we need to adapt the format in London so we can see how the new process can be more efficient for the next World Cup.

"I'm sure in England there will be a different atmosphere and vision of the tournament.

"A part of the success of a World Cup is that every four years there is a new management and concept for the tournament."

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