“The presumption of innocence continues, because of the appeal that’s taking place, so we have to respect that process, but there’s absolutely no place for discrimination in our sport,” said Gilpin.
French President Emmanuel Macron was involved by lunchtime, caught on camera alongside the coach, who is heard saying, “He must speak… if he has to cry, he has to cry”.
Within hours, he did.
“I am not a racist,” said Chaluerau, 31, with a lump in his throat. “Rugby is a union of many communities and that’s the beauty of the sport.”
Tournament organisers are adamant this World Cup will leave a positive “social legacy”. Global participation in the game increased by 11 percent this year, but for that growth to continue, world Rugby knows the sport must be inclusive, safe and sustainable.