Many New Zealanders are unhappy with South Africa’s win at the World Cup final. The media in New Zealand has also contributed to the negative reaction. Stuff reported that World Rugby had informed the All Blacks that Aaron Smith’s disallowed try should have been allowed due to a line out knock on by Sam Whitelock happening four phases before the scrum half crossed, whereas the TMO is only allowed to check two phases prior to the try being awarded. The All Blacks were left to accept a one-point deficit loss to South Africa after their only try was missed and they were unable to secure the lead. Stuff included the incident on a list of ‘New Zealand’s worst sporting robberies’. The behaviour of the media was met with criticism from World Rugby, who warned of the potential negative effects on match officials. These events occurred in the context of reports that the All Blacks will face France in November next year. Meanwhile, an independent review of the Welsh Rugby Union has reported a “toxic” culture of bullying and discrimination, leading to the resignation of the chief executive. The review made recommendations to improve the situation. The chairman admitted that the organization needs to win back the trust of its colleagues, players, volunteers, and supporters.

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