Argentina skipper Julian Montoya was left out of a Rugby Championship captains photo shoot
Rugby Championship bosses on Monday apologised to Argentina after a captains photo shoot went ahead without Pumas skipper Julian Montoya, sparking a furious reaction from coach Mario Ledesma.
The event in Townsville on Friday was to promote a double header of rugby action a day later with Australian captain Michael Hooper, New Zealand’s Ardie Savea and South Africa’s Siya Kolisi posing together with the tournament silverware.
A fuming Ledesma slammed the decision to go ahead regardless as “disrespectful” to his team and country, saying “it hurts a lot”.
Southern hemisphere governing body Sanzaar and Rugby Australia admitted in a statement they made a mistake.
The two sides added that they took “full responsibility” and “fully understand Argentina Rugby’s disappointment”.
“And indeed would like to thank Argentina Rugby for its unselfish and committed contribution to the Rugby Championship, highlighted by the fact that it has played all matches away from home over the last two years.”
Hooper was also there to show off the Wallabies’ new indigenous-themed jersey.
The final four rounds of the Rugby Championship are being played entirely in Australia’s Queensland state due to Covid travel restrictions.
Originally published as Rugby bosses apologise to Argentina for photo shoot ‘error’