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Eye gouging claim against Dusautoir

Published: 9:45AM Tuesday October 25, 2011 Source: ONE Sport

French rugby star Thierry Dusautoir is at the centre of an alleged eye gouging incident against All Blacks counterpart Richie McCaw during Sunday's Rugby World Cup final according to tvnz.co.nz columnist Keith Quinn.

Quinn told Radio New Zealand there was an attempt to gouge McCaw's eye during a ruck in the 77th minute and Dusautoir, who was last night named IRB of the Year, offered no condolences.

"There was an incident late in the World Cup final (about) which more detail may emerge. He was very close to an incident in the ruck in which there was an attempt to eye-gouge the New Zealand captain Richie McCaw," he said.

"It was clearly seen on TV. McCaw needed attention from medical staff."

Quinn said it wasn't clear in the video whether Dusautoir was responsible for the eye-gouging, but said the blindside flanker, who was named man of the man match, was "right there".

He said his information about the event came from "within the New Zealand camp".

"Dusotoir was right there but didn't attempt to offer any concern about McCaw's condition."

He thought the incident explained why the All Blacks and French players didn't embrace at the end of the game, and why McCaw didn't mention or thank the French team in the speeches after the final.

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