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New Zealand Rugby, Western Force assessing Altrad deals

Sam Cane of New Zealand leads the Haka prior to the international test match against Japan on October 29, 2022 (by Kenta Harada/Getty Images)

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and Australian Super Rugby Pacific team Western Force have said they are reviewing their sponsorship agreements with Altrad Group after the French construction engineering company’s founder and chairman Mohed Altrad was found guilty in a corruption case concerning rugby union in France.

On Tuesday Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), stepped down as vice-chairman of World Rugby after he received a two-year suspended prison sentence for corruption.

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