12 Apr 2012

Racial comments ugly and gutless says Auckland Rugby boss

6:50 am on 12 April 2012

The Auckland rugby union chief executive Andy Dalton says racially motivated criticism of the Blues coach Pat Lam for their poor season is ugly and gutless.

The Blues have won just one of their six Super rugby matches so far season prompting comments on social media sites and talkback radio that Lam's Polynesian background is to blame.

Lam broke down in tears yesterday as he spoke of the racial abuse he and and his family have been subjected to, and Dalton says while they can accept criticism on rugby matters the racial abuse has to stop.