No complaint about Richie McCaw eye-gouge

Last updated 13:01 25/10/2011
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KNOCKED ABOUT: Richie McCaw worse for wear after the ruck, where it is claimed the All Black captain was eye-gouged.
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BATTLE SCARS: Richie McCaw's face bears the marks of a night buried deep in rucks.

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No complaint has been made by the All Blacks about any alleged eye-gouging of Richie McCaw in the Rugby World Cup final, an incident commentator Keith Quinn says upset the world champions.

French players tried to eye-gouge the All Black captain toward the end of the game, won 8-7 by New Zealand, Quinn said today.

While the incident could be seen, the video didn't reveal who was responsible, but his information came from someone "very close to the New Zealand team", he said.

The All Blacks had nothing to say on the matter this morning, as they arrived in Christchurch for their second victory parade.

No complaint had been laid, a spokesperson said.

Any response was in the hands of the International Rugby Board, which today said the citing period for the game was over.

Quinn this morning said France's captain, Thierry Dusautoir, was nearby when it took place.

Dusautoir, who was last night named International Rugby Board Player of the Year, offered no apology, Quinn said.

"I'm not accusing Dusautoir of being involved, I'm saying he is very close to the incident and offered no concern or consolation to McCaw. Therefore, it needs to be investigated. The guy has just been awarded a prestigious award."

Quinn said: "McCaw received medical attention for several minutes and then gets up, you can clearly see it on TV, he speaks to the referee, which looks like reference to the incident.

He thought it explained why New Zealand and French players didn't embrace at the end of the game or trade pleasantries in the speeches.

"There was little to no contact between the two teams at the end of the game. They might have been concerned about what had happened, I don't know."

Quinn called for more information.

"I think more needs to be investigated about the incident."

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