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Rugby is a game played on the edge of violence, so discipline and respect for the referee is all important if a lot of potentially serious injuries are to be avoided. Central to that is obviously the quality and impartiality of the refereeing, and so Jaco rather let the side down posing with the Welsh fans having (rightly) sent of a French player, thereby more or less determining the outcome. I doubt he will get to referee another match in this competition and he was not considered for the Semi-final matches.

Having Television match officials (TMOs) and slow-mo action replays has improved the quality of refereeing greatly, and deliberate foul play has been greatly reduced and is severely punished when spotted. That said, there have been a lot of refereeing mistakes which have determined or greatly influenced the outcome of matches.

English referee Wayne Barnes - generally a much improved referee - committed a few howlers in the Japan South Africa match firstly by not sending off "the Beast" Tendai Mtawarira, then not yellow carding a Japanese player, and finally disallowing a legitimate South African try, all without consulting with the TMO. Japan were well beaten in the end, but had the Beast been sent off the result might have been different. He won't be popular in Japan.

Ireland also suffered at the hands of the referee in the Japan match, but can have no complaints about the refereeing of Nigel Owens for their defeat against the All Blacks. In my view he is the best referee in the world and recently made history by coming out as gay in what is still largely a male macho world, even though that has been changing much for the better.

Referees are human and can make honest mistakes but it is critical that they are impartial, are respected and communicate well with the players. Rugby can degenerate into a mêlée without that.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 12:54:18 PM EST
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Suffering at the hand of the referee ...

Every competition weekend during the past thirty years, I have been a referee in fieldhockey. Even at my age going strong ... enjoy every game and the best part is indeed the third half, having a drink with both sides and sometimes talk about rules of the game and interpretation. Spirit of sportsmanship has always been part of my life.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 02:20:51 PM EST
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I had a brief career as a schools field hockey coach and umpire while at college and my brother played for Ireland at u.23 level. Unfortunately I was never much good as a player so focused on table tennis, regrettably no longer possible since the loss of sight in one eye. But yes, sport has always been part of my life-blood, and I still play social tennis with the old fogies...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 02:49:07 PM EST
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History does not record whether Wainwright was, unseen, twisting Vahaamahina's testicles...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Oct 23rd, 2019 at 09:43:51 AM EST
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That's .... all in the game and not limited to rugby union. 🤡

Discipline, discipline ... best your adversary by storing more points.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Oct 23rd, 2019 at 11:16:26 AM EST
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He seemed to be enjoying himself all right, but Vahaamahina has a history of this sort of thing...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Oct 23rd, 2019 at 11:42:33 AM EST
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And will never play for France again.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Oct 23rd, 2019 at 11:59:04 AM EST
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