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.


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