Douglas's view of eye gouging controversy

The Rugby Championship
by staff

Wallabies lock Kane Douglas is moving on from the judiciary controversy that has surrounded him this week.

Vision of All Blacks tighthead prop Owen Franks putting his hand on Douglas’s face during the game lit up social media and has dominated the conversation in the days following the match, after not citing came of the incident.

Irish legend Brian O’Driscoll has been one of the most vocal critics of the non-ruling, describing the whole situation as a “farce”.

Some have viewed Douglas’s lack of reaction to the incident at the time as evidence there was no foul play, however World Rugby laws state that any contact with the eye, irrespective of any intent to eye gouge, in a similar stance to that of tip tackles.

Douglas said on Wednesday that he wasn’t aware of the discussion it had caused until well after the match was done.

“I probably didn’t realise how bad it looked until after the game (when watching it on TV),” Douglas told News Corp.

“My eyes were fine and it all happened so quickly I was on to the next thing in the game.”

While reportedly uneasy about discussing the incident. Douglas said he didn’t at the time feel like there was any attempt to eye gouge.

“I didn’t think of it like that,’’ he said. “It was an All Black trying to stop me driving through the maul, arms everywhere and everything happening in a few seconds.

“I’ve got no issue at all but obviously you want to be protecting the eyes of players.’’