Steve Hansen wants firmer action on streakers
September 6, 2014
A streaker is tackled after dashing across the field during the Rugby Championship Test in Napier © Getty Images
Security guards must do more to stop streakers at Test matches, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said after a naked woman ran onto the pitch at McLean Park during New Zealand's Rugby Championship win over Argentina.
The woman ran almost the length of the pitch in Napier before she was grappled by staff and ushered off the park late in the match, won 28-9 by the All Blacks.
Hansen said he had concerns for player welfare if the incursions continued.
"You get these lunatics who want to run onto the field and disrupt the game," he said. "They're just a pain in the backside. The question is: how do they get on? [The security guards] do really good tackles at the end of it, but they probably should be doing some before they get on; that'd be handy.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw also called for an end to the practice.
"You don't really want to see that, to be honest," he said. "It might be a bit of a laugh for some people but it sort of ruins the game."
Adam Holtslag, a 28-year-old builder, was hit in a crunching tackle by a security guard after running naked onto the field of Forsyth Barr Stadium during an All Blacks Test against England in Dunedin in June. He was charged with offensive behaviour and fined $500.
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