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All Blacks coach clarifies domestic violence comments


Added 07-09-19 10:03:02pm EST - “All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has attempted to clarify his recent comments about domestic violence after criticism of his assertion that such assaults are "not a gender thing."” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “All Blacks coach clarifies domestic violence comments”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has attempted to clarify his recent comments about domestic violence after criticism of his assertion that such assaults are “not a gender thing.”

Hansen made the comments while defending his decision to select Crusaders winger Sevu Reece in his Rugby Championship squad.

Reece appeared in court last year charged with injuring his partner in a drunken assault. He was discharged without conviction by the judge who took into account what impact a conviction might have on his career.

Reece was subsequently released by Waikato province and Irish club Connacht tore up a contract which he had recently signed. Reece was then picked up by the Christchurch-based Crusaders and became the leading try-scorer in Super Rugby this season.

Domestic violence is “a big part of our society unfortunately,” he said. “So rugby is going to have people within its community that are involved in this.

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