RFU rejects racism claims

The Rugby Football Union rejects any allegations that New Zealand players were racially abused by England supporters during the Investec Challenge match at Twickenham Stadium in November 2005.

Aaron Mauger claimed several All Blacks were racially abused by sections of the Twickenham crowd during last year’s grand slam tour victory.

RFU Chief Executive Francis Baron OBE said: “No allegations of any racist abuse were made during or after that game and it is puzzling why they have now been made a year later. Rugby is an inclusive game for all and the RFU abhors any form of discrimination or abuse based on colour, creed, sexual orientation or disability.

The England fans who come to Twickenham are a credit to the ethos of rugby and we have never had any allegations of racism levelled against them. It is disappointing that they have been unfairly accused like this. I have asked the New Zealand management to investigate Aaron Mauger’s comments and to take the appropriate action.”

Ed Dawes, General Manager of the England Rugby Supporters’ Club, added: “Our members are passionate and vocal but we have never had any reports of racist abuse and we reject any accusations that they would engage in such activity.”

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