World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper has confirmed that there will be a full review of the final minutes, and indeed entire match, following the highly controversial ending to the Scotland vs Australia quarter final. Referee Craig Joubert made a big call at the end, giving the Wallabies a kick at goal, then sprinting off the field after it was taken. Australia won 35-34.
The decision has incensed Scotland fans, who felt that Joubert should have at least gone to the TMO. He wasn’t allowed to under the current protocol, as reiterated by Gosper.
He also touched on the fact that we’re all trying to speed up the game and have complained when the TMO has interupted play, but now there are calls to expand the protocol, leaving World Rugby in a tricky situation. They will review things however, after the conclusion of the World Cup.
As for Joubert, Gosper has said that all match officials are assessed by a match assessor, by each team and by Joel Jutge, the head of match officials. The report is expected soon and elements thereof will be made public.
With regards to Joubert running off the field, that will also be discussed and shared.
Hear today’s interview with Gosper, from 5 Live Daily, below
Audio from BBC Radio 5 as Gavin Hastings fumes at Craig Joubert leaving the pitch