On This Day
New Zealand squared the series with the World XV, winning 54-26 at Wellington in the second Test of the NZRU’s Centenary celebrations.
But celebrations had cold water poured on them The match by the sending-off of the French lock, Olivier Roumat, in the first half for kicking Sean Fitzpatrick during a ruck. Fitzpatrick required medical attention.
Roumat was the eighth Frenchman to be sent off in international rugby and was handed a four-week ban by the IRB which was increased to six months by the French federation’s president, Bernard Lapasset.
“That was really the turning point for me,” Roumat admitted. “On reflection, I am sure it helped me to mature and to eliminate a certain aspect of my game.”
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