‘Rugby must continue to unite against racism’

World Rugby has welcomed reports that the Argentina Rugby Union continues to undertake a full investigation into racist social media comments attributed to players.

World Rugby’s response to this matter comes after the UAR last week effectively lifted the temporary suspension of Pablo Matera and two senior players Guido Petti and hooker Santiago Sociono for their racist and xenophobic tweets several years ago.

Matera was stripped of the captaincy on Tuesday and he, Petti and Socino did not feature against the Wallabies this past weekend, but appeared unlikely to face any future long-term sanction.

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‘World Rugby is currently seeking a better understanding of the process being undertaken by the UAR and its status and looks forward to receiving a full update,’ a statement read on Monday.

‘Clearly the comments, or any form of discrimination, are unacceptable and completely opposed to the strong, universal and inclusive values that the rugby family aspires to live and uphold. There is simply no place for them, and such behaviour rightly warrants full and appropriate investigation by the union.

‘Rugby must continue to unite against racism through actions, not just words, set a positive example to society, and move forward strengthened by our inclusivity and diversity.’

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Craig Lewis