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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Aussies cause €8,000 worth of damage to Aviva changing room after defeat to Ireland

Matt Tooma, Australia, is tackled by Rhys Ruddock, left, and Jonathon Sexton, Ireland
Matt Tooma, Australia, is tackled by Rhys Ruddock, left, and Jonathon Sexton, Ireland

A MEMBER of the Australian rugby camp caused thousands of Euro worth of damage to the changing rooms in the Aviva Stadium after the rugby match at the weekend.

The incident occurred following the clash with Ireland on Saturday, when the Wallabies lost 26-23.

Damaged estimated to be as much as €8,000 was caused to a door, the doorframe and a wall by one of the members of the Aussie camp.

Team boss Michael Cheika wasn’t present in the changing room when the damage  occurred, according to reports.

He was said to be doing press interviews at the time.

An Australian team spokesman confirmed that the incident had taken place.

“There was an accident after the match involving one of our support staff.

“We made the IFRU aware of this on the evening of the game and have offered our assistance in any way required,” the spokesman said.

Reports have indicated that the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) is considering sending the bill for the damage to their Australian counterparts.

An IRFU spokesman refused to comment about the incident and the possibility of getting the Wallabies to foot the bill

when contacted by the Herald this morning.

The match was the most tense of the three autumn internationals where Ireland also beat South Africa and Georgia.

One Irish squad member Jamie Heaslip described the game as one of the least enjoyable matches he has ever played.

“The match it was up there in my top three games I absolutely hated playing. A lot of the guys said that in terms of pace,” he said.

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