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Here are the latest rugby headlines for Monday, September 6.

Ex-Welsh rugby chief slams ‘boring as bat s**t’ rugby union

Former Welsh Rugby Union chief executive David Moffett has criticised the current rugby union game – labelling it “boring as bat s**t”.

The former chief executive at the WRU, NZRU, the NRL and head of Sport England also believes private equity investment is a “godsend” for Wales’ regions.

“Rugby union is boring as bat s**t,” he told Dai Sport.

“Now I define rugby union as kick and defend.

“Unless you have the All Blacks running riot against weaker sides, we hardly see any running rugby. What the game needs is for the French to play like the French, the Welsh to play like the Welsh, not everybody to play the same stuff.

“A consortium like CVC or Silver Lake needs to ask what’s wrong with the game? Why aren’t we getting a return from our investment? Well, they need to have a look at how the game is played.”

As for private equity firms like CVC getting a stake in professional rugby, he believes such deals are good news for the Welsh regions, as: “They are likely to bypass the WRU and make decisions themselves. I think the WRU will eventually lose control of the pro game. CVC are putting serious money into the pro game.

“They aren’t going to sit back and let a bunch of bloody cigar-smoking, gin-swigging administrators to control the game.”

All Blacks boss ‘surprised’ at Jordie Barrett red card

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has admitted his surprise at Jordie Barrett being red carded in the 28th minute of Sunday’s 38-21 win over Australia for a studs-to-the-face collision.

New Zealand’s full-back had had stuck out his right leg after leaping to catch a high kick, but made contact with Marika Koroibete’s face in the process, RugbyPass reports.

Foster questioned whether Barrett should have received a red card in the first place, while the All Blacks are ready to fight the charge which could result in a ban for Barrett,

“I was pretty surprised to be honest [that he got the red card],” Foster said.

“We’ll go and have a good look at it, but certainly we’ll be putting together a case for that one.

“He just lost balance and you could see he tilted and you could see what happened [next].

“I feel for the refs in situations like this, because technically they saw things and they make their decisions. I get all that. Have we got a technique problem – no.”

All Blacks defence coach Scott McLeod echoed Foster’s comments, saying: “We believe we do have a defence. There’s some mitigating circumstances from our side so we’ll put forward a case.

“He won the space in the air so in previous cases the person who has done that, everyone else has to look after that person underneath or be aware of that. That would be one. I’m not on that committee and I’m not presenting the case but in my opinion that’s what I reckon.”

Foster backs new red card rule

Meanwhile, Foster believes the sending-off is proof that the 20-minute red card law should be introduced globally.

Normally, the red card would have resulted in the All Blacks reduced to 14 men but the law trial for the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championships means red-carded players can be replaced after 20 minutes.

“We probably benefited but we were a keen supporter [of the rule] even before the game,” Foster said.

“[The] incident probably justifies it. It’s why all the SANZAAR countries are united in carrying on this global trial.”

Meanwhile, Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie was disappointed in his side failing to capitalise on their numerical advantage.

“The decision was accurate. Based on the law, there is going to be repercussions for that,” he said.

“But [the All Blacks being shorthanded] for only 20 minutes was a good thing.

“We had chances to score but we didn’t,

“We couldn’t put enough scoreboard pressure on them.”

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