29 Nov 2012

Hore ban seen as too short

9:21 am on 29 November 2012

A British rugby correspondent says a five week match ban imposed on All Black Andrew Hore for knocking a Welsh player unconscious is ludicrously lenient.

Hore, 34, was found guilty of dangerous foul play at a disciplinary hearing in England for striking Wales lock Bradley Davies in last weekend's Test in Cardiff.

He faced a ban of eight weeks, but the IRB reduced it to five weeks because he accepted his guilt and was genuinely remorseful.

Because the ban takes in three pre-season matches next year, he will miss only one Super Rugby match.

Daily Telegraph correspondent Mick Clearey told Morning Report it is effectively a two week ban.

Clearey said that although Hore has now expressed remorse for the incident, he should have apologised immediately after it happened.

Davies was taken to hospital with concussion after the incident, which happened 30 seconds after the match began. New Zealand won 33-10.