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Phipps sends Fekitoa's shoe to touch

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/08/2016

The Wallabies unsuccessfully threw the kitchen sink at the All Blacks on Saturday night but it seems other objects were hurled as well.

Wallabies halfback Nick Phipps has been caught on camera pulling a boot off Kiwi centre Malakai Fekitoa's leg and throwing it away in his side's Bledisloe Cup loss.

In the 75th minute of his side's 29-9 defeat to the world champions, the 27-year-old Phipps can be seen tackling Fekitoa around the legs.

During the course of the tackle Phipps manages to yank the left shoe off Fekitoa's foot, before throwing it into the in-goal area as the All Blacks' next phase began.

Fekitoa, 24, seemed unphased by his lack of footwear and continued to play until his boot was returned to him.

The incident was not acted upon by referee Romain Poite.

Phipps, who plays rugby for the Waratahs, has come in for considerable stick on social media for alleged unsportsmanlike conduct.

"Just another ugly step sister trying to put on one of the glass slippers!! None for you!!" wrote @LisaLasVegas777 on Twitter.

Bay of Plenty supporters page @bopmafia also let Phipps know he was free to enter the annual gumboot-throwing contest in Taihape.

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