Wales coach Rob Howley brands New Zealand's Andrew Hore an 'absolute disgrace'.

Last Updated: 26/11/12 7:10pm

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Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has described Andrew Hore as a 'disgrace' after he struck Bradley Davies from behind in New Zealand's 33-10 win on Saturday.

Welsh lock Davies needed hospital treatment for severe concussion after being knocked unconscious by Hore in the opening minutes and will miss this weekend's clash with Australia.

Howley gave a scathing assessment of Hore when asked about the incident and fully expects him to receive severe disciplinary action after the hooker was cited.

"What Hore did has got no place on a rugby field, as far as I am concerned," he said.

"It was an absolute disgrace. He has been cited, and I am sure it won't be taken too lightly.

"Situations and incidents like that have no place on the rugby field, and it had a huge impact on the game."

Hore is likely to receive a lengthy ban and New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has already called up Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot for Saturday's clash against England at Twickenham.

Match referee Craig Joubert and his assistants missed the clash which could have resulted in a red card and Howley believes the International Rugby Board must decide whether to consult a television match official about such incidents.

Taking action

"I am sure if he (referee) had seen it, action would have been taken," he said.

"Whether you are licensed to go to the TMO on such decisions, I think that is for the IRB (International Rugby Board) to recommend."

Assistant coach Ian Foster insists New Zealand will wait for the result of the disciplinary hearing before deciding whether to dish out their own punishment.

"Andrew has been cited, we have something on Wednesday, and I can't say too much about it," he said.

"What I will say is that our goal is to play physical, attractive rugby. We believe we are doing that.

"It is unfortunate that something has happened, and we will deal with it through the appropriate channels. Full stop.

"We won't try on-field stuff through the media before the actual process goes through."

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