Key commits World Cup handshake faux pas

00:17, Oct 25 2011

After the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup, Prime Minister John Key became a minor YouTube hit for his mangled pronunciation of the word "trophy" which came out as "trotie".

Now a new faux-pas that is threatening to go viral as well.

On Sunday night Mr Key was called forward to present the Webb Ellis Cup to All Blacks captain Richie McCaw after the World Cup final.

IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset got there before him, however, and had the first shot at a congratulatory pump on the skipper's hand.

Key – either blindsided by Lapasset's quick grasp or over-eager not to miss out – thrust his own hand into the mix.

Rather than retreat when McCaw could not reciprocate, however, Mr Key went on a fishing mission with his right hand, clasping at the grip between McCaw and Lapasset.

A Facebook community has sprung up proclaiming it: "That awkward moment when John Key crashes your handshake."