From the paper in Wales today. "THE blazing row over foul play during the ferocious second Test between the Lions and South Africa took a new twist with Springbok try-scoring idol Jaque Fourie claiming he was also the victim of eye-gouging. Super-sub Fourie (below), whose 74th-minute try at Loftus Versfeld helped the Springboks win, made the startling new claim as the seething bitterness between the two camps threatens to spill into more acrimony during Saturdayâ€™s tour finale at Johannesburgâ€™s Ellis Park. Fourie said: â€œIn one of the close defensive situations with their replacement fly-half Ronan Oâ€™Gara, I was on the receiving end of eye-gouging.â€ Fourieâ€™s claim, made in South African newspaper The Citizen, will shock the Lions camp because it is the first time the tourists have been accused of such an offence. Fourie, 26, didnâ€™t specify he was accusing Oâ€™Gara of gouging, but his claim will increase the growing tension out here with the two teams on a near war footing as the conclusion of an epic three-Test rubber looms. There has been claim and counter-claim with the Lions continuing to bristle over Springbok flanker Schalk Burger only receiving an eight-week ban for gouging the left eye of Luke Fitzgerald in the opening minute of last weekendâ€™s Pretoria powderkeg game. South Africa have attempted to divert attention from disciplinary issues by claiming they havenâ€™t been â€œcongratulatedâ€ by the Lions for winning the three-Test showdown. Outspoken Springbok coach Peter de Villiers stated: â€œNobody has congratulated us, but maybe they will do so after the third Test.â€ However, Lions officials last night insisted coach Ian McGeechan had twice said â€œwell doneâ€ to de Villiers and captain Paul Oâ€™Connell applauded the Springbok achievement following last weekendâ€™s brutal encounter, which resulted in seven players being hospitalised for treatment. The International Rugby Board was so concerned by de Villiersâ€™ assertion that Burger had not gouged winger Fitzgerald that they launched their own investigation. It is understood the IRBâ€™s intervention was a driving force in the South African Rugby Union releasing a statement from de Villiers and president Oregan Hoskins apologising for his astonishing post-match comments. The Western Mail has also learned from insiders that some influential IRB powerbrokers believe Burger should have been made an example of and handed a two-year ban. The IRB last night announced moves to implement measures to ensure the crime is eradicated. An IRB statement read: â€œWe are firmly of the view that there is no place in rugby for foul play and the act of eye-gouging is particularly heinous. â€œIn light of recent high-profile cases, the IRB is launching a review of the existing disciplinary sanction structure with regard to contact with the eye area in order to send out the strongest possible message that such acts of foul play will not be tolerated. â€œThey have no place in a game that has at its core the pillars of fair play, respect and camaraderie. â€œThe IRB has also written to the chairman of the IRB judicial panel to underscore its concerns regarding incidents of eye-gouging and a memorandum will be issued to independent judicial officers reinforcing the IRBâ€™s disciplinary policy. â€œUnder existing IRB regulations, only the player may appeal independent judicial decisions. In light of recent cases, the IRB will review whether the scope of the appeal should in future extend to other appropriate parties, including the IRB itself.â€ Lions skipper Oâ€™Connell and forwards coach Graham Rowntree became the most recent Lions to wade into de Villiers for his comments about Burger when they yesterday tackled what most regard as the most dangerous offence in rugby. â€œIt was completely out of order â€“ crass, pathetic. It is ridiculous what he said,â€ rapped former Lions prop Rowntree. â€œThere is no place in the game for gouging. Why players would even do it with the cameras that are around is beyond me. We are upset by it.â€ Oâ€™Connell expressed his surprise Burger at least hadnâ€™t received the 12-week sentence Munster and Ireland flanker Alan Quinlan received for gouging Leinster skipper Leo Cullen in a Heineken Cup semi-final. â€œWhy it differed I donâ€™t know; the Burger incident probably looked a lot worse,â€ said Oâ€™Connell, but he doesnâ€™t expect Burger to apologise to Fitzgerald, adding: â€œI think he was maintaining his innocence and considering appealing. â€œI donâ€™t know his thoughts on it â€“ thatâ€™s up to him.â€ Until Fourieâ€™s dramatic outburst, South Africa hadnâ€™t been specific about transgressions committed by the Lions. De Villiers had said: â€œIf you watch the whole game you will see how many yellow cards the Lions were let off. â€œWhat good would it do to us to get five or six Lions banned? It would make Saturday an easy game and we do not want that.â€ Assistant Springbok coach Dick Muir had said: â€œThere were a lot of other incidents that were tougher, that should have been cited, but they did not attract the attention of the citing officer because no-one was injured.â€ Amidst that backdrop, Lions coach Ian McGeechan names his team today for the third Test. Andrew Sheridan and Phil Vickery are favourites to start in the front row in the absence of Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones. But Wales centre Jamie Roberts hopes to be fit after recovering from a wrist injury, while Tommy Bowe was able to take a full part in training yesterday after his elbow problem. " Link - http://www.walesonline.co.uk/rugbynation/r...91466-24053262/ I would ask Mr Fourie to pin point at what time in the game, during what collision and whether he was being tackled or not. Absolutely pathetic. SA Rugby is fast becoming the hate figure of International Rugby, with plenty of justification when you have cocks such as Fourie, Burger and PDV.