League defeats rugby: Glen Osbourne's emotional elimination from Dancing With The Stars as Manu Vatuvei survives

Rugby league has prevailed against rugby as former All Black Glen Osbourne was eliminated from Dancing With The Stars in favour of former league international Manu Vatuvei.

It was an emotional sendoff for Osbourne and the judges were reluctant to send him home.

"I'm gutted to have to make this decision," judge Camilla Sacre-Dallerup said.

She said she adored both Osbourne and Vatuvei. The pair were visibly emotional and linked arms as the decision was delivered.

"On this performance purely, one of those stood out slightly more and one improved slightly more from what I saw earlier until now," Sacre-Dallerup said.

Host Sharyn Casey said it had been an "absolute pleasure" to watch Osbourne and his partner Vanessa Cole.

"You are amazing," Casey said. "Getting to know you backstage Glen, you are such a solid human and thank you so much for everything you brought to the show."

Osbourne thanked Cole, his workmates, and his wife and daughter.

"I'm just really sorry I didn't get this one to the final or anything, but I'm just glad to get home."