Rugby news 2021: Joe Wheeler, Sky Sport, Super Rugby Aotearoa
A Kiwi rugby commentator has been stood down after being forced to apologise for making a dreadful joke during a post-game interview.
Former rugby star Joe Wheeler is off air after his controversial post-match comments making fun of a Japanese player.
The Sky Sport commentator shocked viewers during a post-match interview on Friday night following the Highlanders’ 33-12 win over the Crusaders.
While interviewing Highlanders’ first five-eighths Mitchell Hunt, he praised the play of Japanese international Kazuki Himeno; but did so using a mock-Asian accent.
“He was leally impressive, wasn’t he? He was leally, leally good,” Wheeler said to Hunt.
Wheeler’s comments lead to an avalanche of condemnation from Sky Sport viewers.