Mallett forced to apologise to French referee

Italy coach Nick Mallett had to apologise to referee Romain Poite after he claimed that the official had sent a letter of apology to the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR).

Mallett’s comments came at a press conference before the match against Ireland in Rome on the 5th of February when he claimed that Poite had apologised in a letter over his officiating in the Ireland and Italy match in Dublin last year.

Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni was repeatedly penalised in the scrum.

“I have already apologised to Romain and I am happy to put the record straight after I was reported as saying that Romain had written to us last year,” said Mallett in an official statement.

“I did not intend to put undue pressure on him prior to our match last week but accept that this may have been a consequence”.

Italy started their Six Nations tournament with an 11-13 loss to Ireland but in the next round they were hammered 59-13 by England at at Twickenham.

The Six Nations took a break this weekend but next weekend Italy host Wales at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

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