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France star's father tackled after running on to pitch to defend his son

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Father jumps in on rugby brawl

The father of French international Imanol Harinordoquy runs onto the field to defend his son.

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The father of French international Imanol Harinordoquy brought the Top 14 Basque derby between Biarritz and Bayonne to a halt on Tuesday after running on to the pitch to defend his son.

According to an AFP correspondent, Harinordoquy's father came down from the stands in the sixth minute of the Biarritz clash and faced up to Bayonne flanker Jean-Jo Marmouyet after his son got involved in a punch-up far from the action.

Harinordoquy senior's sense of family loyalty was brought to an abrupt halt by Bayonne fly-half Benjamin Boyet, who tackled him to the ground before Biarritz hooker Benoit August stepped in to restore order.

Got in a fight ... Biarritz's Imanol Harinordoquy came to his defence.

Got in a fight ... Biarritz's Imanol Harinordoquy came to his defence. Photo: AP

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