Douglas says Franks was not eye-gouging

Wallabies loose-forward Kane Douglas has disputed claims that All Blacks prop Owen Franks tried to eye-gouge him last Saturday. 

There has been much speculation as to whether Franks tried to make contact with the Australian's eyes. Mass criticism was also aimed at French referee Romain Poite who saw the incident and said it was not nefarious play. 

"I didn’t think of it like that (eye-gouging)… It was an All Black trying to stop me driving through the maul, arms everywhere and everything happening in a few seconds," Douglas told Brisbane's Courier Mail.

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

"I probably didn't realise how bad it looked until after the game. My eyes were fine and it all happened so quickly I was on to the next thing in the game."

Franks was cleared of illegal play in a hearing after the game.