RWC : All Blacks deny special treatment as Italians fume over cancelled game

Urayasu – New Zealand have rejected accusations of preferential treatment over their cancelled final Rugby World Cup pool match, with senior lock Sam Whitelock saying “rugby is just a small thing” as Typhoon Hagidis steams towards Japan.   Italian captain Sergio Parisse was furious after the Azzurri were robbed of their last chance of making the quarter-finals when the match was called off, claiming it would have been played if the All Blacks had needed to win. The cancellation of Pool B’s All Blacks-Italy match, as well as England v…

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