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Wallaby unconcerned by Owen Franks facial

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/08/2016
The Owen Frank 'eye gouge' that has been of much speculation. © Sky The Owen Frank 'eye gouge' that has been of much speculation.

Wallabies lock Kane Douglas has played down a scrutinised incident involving he and All Blacks prop Owen Franks in the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Wellington.

Douglas says he was uninjured when Franks' hand repeatedly made contact with his face at a lineout drive and wasn't aware the act had created a stir until well after the Test, which New Zealand won 29-9.

There was no citing over the incident, attracting criticism from some commentators who believed the veteran New Zealand tighthead had overstepped the line of foul play.

Owen Franks gets tackled by Kane Douglas © Getty Images Owen Franks gets tackled by Kane Douglas

Douglas told Brisbane's Courier Mail he was unaware of any problem at the time.

"I probably didn't realise how bad it looked until after the game," he said.

"My eyes were fine and it all happened so quickly I was on to the next thing in the game."

Franks' hand repeatedly made contact with the face of Douglas in full view of French referee Romain Poite, who took no action.

Douglas, 27, said it felt like a typical moment in the tight exchanges of a Test.

"It was an All Black trying to stop me driving through the maul, arms everywhere and everything happening in a few seconds.

"I've got no issue at all but obviously you want to be protecting the eyes of players."

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika highlighted the incident immediately after the Test and said he expected action to be taken.

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