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RugbyU: Ex-All Blacks coach Henry apologises for ref rant

World Cup-winning former All Blacks coach Graham Henry apologised Tuesday over a tirade against the quality of refereeing in the Super 15 competition. Henry, who is now an Auckland Blues assistant coach, agreed to issue the public apology after pleading guilty on Sunday to a misconduct charge brought by the Super 15 governing body SANZAR. The New Zealander said he had been trying to highlight refereeing issues raised by the Blues loss to the Canterbury Crusaders on May 18 in a light-hearted manner but accepted he "went too far in criticising the match officials".

RugbyU: Ex-All Blacks coach Henry to apologise for outburst

Former All Blacks coach Graham Henry escaped serious punishment for criticising Super 15 officials after pleading guilty to a misconduct charge on Sunday. Henry, who is now an Auckland Blues assistant coach, was let off with a reprimand and an agreement to issue a public apology. Jannie Lubbe, the judicial officer with the Super 15 governing body SANZAR, said he took into account Henry's "exemplary record" as a coach for more than 40 years and his statement that "it was never his intention to offend".
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