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France have been hit with a $20,000 (NZD) fine by the IRB for advancing on the All Blacks during the haka before the Rugby World Cup final.
According to reports France have been slapped with the fine for breaking IRB rules which state teams must keep to a prescribed distance while the haka is being performed.
France coach Marc Lievermont, who retired after the loss, said captain Thierry Dusautoir tried to stop his team advancing past the halfway line as the haka was being performed.
“He tried to stop them, there was a bit of movement bringing them forward.” Lievermont said.But All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw said that he was not surprised by the France’s action saying the All Blacks had thought France would bring something different during the haka.
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