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Ugly scenes amidst referee shocker as Spain fail to qualify for the World Cup

Just read on L'Equipe:

"Romanian Rugby Association statement: "Referee Vlad Iordachescu's appointment to Challenge Cup QF Pau-Stade Francaise was cancelled for security reasons. One of the teams is using Spanish national team players & also there is a geographical proximity to Spain""

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Ugly scenes amidst referee shocker as Spain fail to qualify for the World Cup

Analysis of a scottish amateur ref:

https://www.lequipe.fr/Rugby/Actualites/Il-decortique-l-arbitrage-de-belgique-espagne/885900

Can't see the video but the journalist of L'Equipe says it's plain to see the ref did favor Belgium.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

James Haskell cops falcon from Owen Farrell in England's defeat

Hilarious Haskell reaction. Or the lack thereof.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Ugly scenes amidst referee shocker as Spain fail to qualify for the World Cup

Fair enough from the devil's advocate point of view.
But then it was not only a romanian ref, but a romanian trio.
Best way to prevent bias (or the mere suspicion of it) is to have different countries represented.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Ugly scenes amidst referee shocker as Spain fail to qualify for the World Cup

Haven't seen the game. The french media (other than le Rugbynistère at least) are vastly implying that the ref was biased (Figaro, Rugbyrama...).

Anyway it's pretty stupid to have a romanian ref trio for a game wich can give Romania its qualification.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Lionel Beauxis shocker nearly costs France dramatic win at home

You mean anyone but the actual one then :-)
And I tend to agree.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Six Nations Permutations: The Battle for Second Place

I remember writing that the outcome would be based on the World rankings before the 6 Nations began. Except maybe for France.
I m already proven wrong (except for the french exception). And that's great!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Lionel Beauxis shocker nearly costs France dramatic win at home

Indeed! Even weirder: who would have thought of Bonneval-Fall-Grosso to win this game?!!!
Glad to see Bonneval out tough, never been fond of him. Fall did good as fullback. And Grosso-Fickou on the wings is unexpected but pretty interesting.
Personnaly I'd rather have Grosso and Thomas, with Fickou associated with Basta.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Lionel Beauxis shocker nearly costs France dramatic win at home

Update concerning Slimani. He'll start on the bench VS Wales but it's not a sanction says Brunel. Brunel also says he had a contact with the international referees commission and heard that they disagree with Peyper's calls on 2 out of the 3 penalties. Peyper was biased against Slimani and failed to see that the english commited infringement of their own... So says Brunel.
But still, Slimani's on the bench.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Lionel Beauxis shocker nearly costs France dramatic win at home

As it was VS the irish. Without being penalised either...

If it was a tactic, fair enough! Cheeky tactic is exactly what France lacked lately. And what England is famous for...

I don't know if its an official guideline for referees, but I think they often tend to rule in favor of the team who's going forward, who's winning the physical battle.

1 Month, 1 Week ago