Harinordoquy's father came on to the pitch during the Basque derby

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Imanol Harinordoquy, the exceptional No 8 who did more than anyone to drive France towards October's World Cup final in Auckland, may be the proudest Basque ever to play international rugby – a pride that has been known to manifest itself in a fierce dislike of the opposition, even if they happen to be Basques themselves. Anyone wondering where he gets it from has no need to wonder further. Blame the parents – or at least, M Harinordoquy Snr.

Harinordoquy's father came on to the pitch during the Basque derby

Iamanol Harinordoquy's father joins son in brawl during match

Tuesday’s Basque derby was always going to be a spiky affair – Biarritz, bottom of the table and without a home win in the league this season, against the star-studded ensemble put together on the chequebook of France’s Mr Specsavers, Alain Afflelou.

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Garikoitz Ibarlucea Murua

On 31 July 2010 an article headlined "A tour of the jail within a jail that houses Britain's most dangerous convicts" about the High Security Unit at Belmarsh Prison wrongly suggested that Garikoitz Ibarlucea Murua was amongst those held in that unit. In fact Mr Ibarlucea was only ever remanded at Wandsworth prison as a lower security prisoner under a European Arrest Warrant; he was released on 12 August last year after a court held the warrant to be invalid, a decision upheld on appeal. The article referred to him as an alleged member of the Basque terrorist organisation, ETA, but Mr Ibarlucea has told us, which we accept, that he is not and never has been a member of ETA or involved in violence (as a form of political protest or otherwise). We apologise for our error.

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