After the situation that occurred last week prior to the fifth date of the Rugby Championship when the photoshoot was held with the captains of all the main teams in Townsville, minus the presence of Julian Montoya; so much SANZAAR What Rugby Australia issued a statement apologizing to Argentina for him “error”.
Although the Argentine Rugby Union had already come out to refer to the event that together with Michael Hooper, Siya Kolisi and Ardie Savea next to the contest trophy, Mario Ledesma it had also echoed about it. “The only thing we ask is that we be respected”, the head coach had expressed.
The Los Pumas head coach acknowledged that they are “hurt” by the decision to take the photo without the presence of Julián Montoya.
The full statement from SANZAAR and Rugby Australia:
“SANZAAR and Rugby Australia want to apologize to Argentina for the error that led to the publication of a photograph in the media that misrepresented the Rugby Championship by omitting Argentina.”
“A promotional photograph with the captains of Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa had been planned for the tournament once all matches were rescheduled to be played in Queensland. A photoshoot was arranged for the day before the matches of the fifth round in Townsville. On Friday September 24, unfortunately a delay in the trip made the captain of Argentina unable to arrive at the agreed time for the photoshoot. “
“It was determined that the photoshoot would continue so that a photo could be taken of the New Zealand and South Africa captains to promote the historic 100th match between the two countries. In addition, the Australian captain would be photographed wearing the jersey of ‘First Nations’ that the Australian team would wear in the game. These photographs were taken and used by the media of the respective countries“.
“However, during the photoshoot a communication failure caused a photograph to be taken of the three assistant captains with the trophy, minus the absent Argentina captain. SANZAAR and Rugby Australia assume full responsibility for this error and acknowledge that It shouldn’t have happened and they fully understand Argentina’s disappointment in this matter after the image appeared in the media. “
“SANZAAR wishes to publicly state that it was not intended to be disrespectful and indeed would like to thank Argentina for its selfless and committed contribution to the Rugby Championship, highlighted by the fact that it has played every game away from home over the past two years. “.