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NIGEL OWENS: Owen Farrell needs to stop the chat to the referee… he never did it with me

NIGEL OWENS: Owen Farrell needs to stop the chat to the referee – he never did it with me whenever I reffed him… if players want to discuss something they must do it in the right manner

  • There was too much chat to the ref from Owen Farrell in England’s win over Italy
  • Every time I referee, I tell players that there is a time and a place for conversation
  • Whenever I reffed him, Owen knew where the line was and never crossed it

I have huge respect for Owen Farrell both as a player and a person. He is a great guy both on and off the field. But there was too much chat from him to the referee. That must stop.

He never did that with me. Every time I referee, I tell the players that there is a time and a place for conversation. If they want to discuss something, they have to do it in the right manner. That is one of the game’s values.

I never have any issues with Owen. Whenever I reffed him, he was always polite. He knew where the line was and never crossed it. That shows he can do it. It is up to the referees to keep strong and stay on top of things like that. We don’t want to see it creeping in.

I have huge respect for Owen Farrell but there was too much chat from him to the referee

I never have any issues with Owen and whenever I reffed him, he was always polite to me

I never have any issues with Owen and whenever I reffed him, he was always polite to me

I think he was also fortunate not to be penalised for his late hit on the Italy scrum-half. No doubt about it. He knows the ball has been passed and he followed through to let him know he was there.

It’s a penalty so England’s try that followed should not have stood. Add that to Jonny May’s, which should have been disallowed, and I think England were lucky on two occasions.

Meanwhile, the game needs to do more to stop the ‘crocodile rolls’ that led to the injury to Jack Willis. The law is pretty simple. It is illegal to wilfully collapse a ruck and you must join no lower than your hip.

I think he was also fortunate not to be penalised for his late hit, he knows the ball has passed

I think he was also fortunate not to be penalised for his late hit, he knows the ball has passed

You cannot target someone’s knees. Teams have been using judo coaches to teach players how to roll people away from the contact area. That should not be allowed.

It is similar to the scrum feed, they are worse than they have ever been but we let them go because that’s how rugby is played and refereeing has to be consistent.

We need to go back to refereeing the law. It is illegal to collapse a ruck. It is illegal to enter it below hip height.

That would stop crocodile rolls like this happening, which will stop horrific injuries like this one.

The game needs to do more to stop the 'crocodile rolls' that led to the injury to Jack Willis

The game needs to do more to stop the ‘crocodile rolls’ that led to the injury to Jack Willis

Meanwhile, the red card shown to Scotland prop Zander Fagerson in the Wales game was as clear as you could see.

He ran in from distance, with his arm tucked in by his side. He came in off his feet and led with his shoulder straight to the head of Wyn Jones. There was no attempt to enter the ruck with his arms out. No attempt to bind. No control.

It is a clear red card. No one should defend that. We don’t want to see that in the game.

People will have their opinions but if they think that something like that is okay, I’m sorry, but they need to have a good think about the type of game we want to see.

The red card shown to Scotland prop Zander Fagerson was as clear as you could see

The red card shown to Scotland prop Zander Fagerson was as clear as you could see

May’s stunning try should not have stood

Jonny May was lucky to be awarded his try. The law states you can’t jump in the air with the ball into a tackle or to avoid one — but you can get airborne to reach out to score a try.

I’ve watched the incident again and May clearly jumps to avoid a tackle first, and only then does his momentum take him over the try line.

It was a tough decision but he jumped to avoid the tackle, not to score the try. You can’t do that. Jumping in the air with the ball to avoid a tackle is not allowed because it means no one can tackle you. 

Had the Italy player tackled him while airborne, it would have been interesting to see what the referee would have done. Would he have given a penalty try and a yellow card? In my opinion, it’s not a try. 

Jonny May was lucky to be awarded his try, because the law states you can't jump in the air

Jonny May was lucky to be awarded his try, because the law states you can’t jump in the air

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