Pattinson said the comment was made in the "heat of the moment".
The former Kiwi will return across the ditch to continue his NRL career after not being offered a deal by the Warriors.
A former Warrior scored as the Pacific Islanders secured the 16th and last spot at the tournament.
The star was airlifted to hospital after the "freak injury."
Austria and Croatia have also qualified after the latest UEFA fixtures.
The Kiwi dropped three spots on the leaderboard after his second round in Mexico.
The 34-year old leaves tennis after a 17-year career.
Along with partner Raven Klaasen, the pair took a comeback win over Colombian duo Robert Farah and Juan Cabal.
The Red Bull driver will start at the front of the grid at Interlagos tomorrow.
Robertson is in contention to replace Hansen as All Blacks coach.
Victoria's Chris Tremain stood his ground against Queensland after being caught.
The Pacific powerhouse resisted a late comeback for a 33-31 win at Twickenham.
The Greek wonderkid claimed a stunning straight sets win in London.
The Australian great is now off contract, unsure if he will stay on with the two sides.
The Kumuls outclassed the Lions 28-10 in Port Moresby.
England captain Emily Rudge was allegedly bitten in her side's 20-16 loss.
The New Zealanders must win by 16 against the unbeaten South Koreans.
Joe Denly also proved his fitness after overcoming an ankle injury.
LA's star recruit produced a block on the buzzer.
The heavyweight took his record to 18-0 with a unanimous decision win.
The 29-year-old outclassed his American opponent, knocking him down twice before the knockout.
Chris Paul enjoyed his best performance so far for Oklahoma City.
It is believed the controversial former NBA player was arrested over assault with intent to injure at an Auckland bar.
Lee was having thoughts of a sub-60 round, but settled for a nine-under 62 in Mexico.
The pair are a natural comparison because of their incredible consistency.
Sun's team chose the translators who were eventually replaced.
After over 80 years, Finland will join the likes of neighbours Sweden in a major international event.
Zverev's 6-4, 7-6(4) win forced a tiebreaker which saw Nadal miss out.
The suspension also extends to administration, officiating and coaching until the end of the 2020.
However when he does eventually retire, Stokes envisages remaining in cricket in a coaching role.
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