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Mar 02, 2023, 04:29
Springboks want Nigel
Owens on their World Cup
coaching team
3 days ago

The Springboks are reportedly keen to recruit former test referee Nigel Owens to their coaching setup for the Rugby World Cup.

Reports in January had South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus first raising the possibility of a leading referee joining the Boks management, believing a former whistleman could help the defending champions negotiate the tricky rules enveloping the game.

South African news outlet City Press has reported that Welshman Owens, who has a century of tests to his name, has emerged to head a shortlist.

The one block in front of Owen, 51, could be his involvement with training the referees for World Rugby.

If they can’t get Owens, the Springboks could look to employ a South African referee for the job. No timeline has been presented.

When approached by City Press for a comment, Owens said: “I haven’t heard anything, but it would certainly be an honour.”

Erasmus believes extra analysis on referees and rules could help the Springboks in their attempt to win back-to-back World Cups.

It’s not only looking at the best way to interpret rules but also give a feel for the way particular referees control matches.

The new tackle rules designed to help reduce concussions have proven a minefield for yellow and red cards. Scrums and breakdowns remain areas of confusion in a game cluttered by laws.

Hiring a referee is not a new concept. Several teams in the French Top 14 championship have former referees on their payrolls as analysts.

France head coach Fabien Galthie has hired Jerome Garces, who refereed the 2019 World Cup final won by South Africa against England, as their refereeing consultant.

There is irony in Erasmus seeking refereeing advice.

He has been highly critical of test refs over the past couple of years, with his criticism of Australia Nic Berry during the 2021 series against the British & Irish Lions in South Africa resulting in a lengthy ban.

Mar 02, 2023, 09:09

This is not a bad Idea…. before Rassie thinks of making another Hoo Ha over reffing calls or Rules, Mr. Owens can explain to him lekker and he can keep his Toys inside of his Cot….the added bonus is, that our Boks will be clued up exactly on all of the new Rules :)

Mar 02, 2023, 13:32

Always enjoyed the way Owen’s reffed games. Came across as sharp and fair which is all one wants from a ref really.

Honestly speaking, i’m not sure if it was because he gave the Boks a fair shake or because he generally blew in our favour.

Hard to tell with one’s built in bias towards your own side.

Mar 02, 2023, 14:45

Another good call by Rassie. How to manage the ref and bring pressure on a cheating ref is something Own could help with. Rassie knows the rules backwards as his videos of bad reefing showed. Was it 48 errors he picked up in just one game! 

 It's how the rules are interpreted by various refs is again something Nigel could help with.

Let's go and collect another world cup. If that happens ou mozzz will doubtless find fault. It's all so predictable. Sigh. 

Mar 02, 2023, 21:36

Boks are going to learn the laws of rugby!!:O Well, congrats boys, it's never too late:P

Mar 02, 2023, 21:49

Just Win (at any cost) we admittedly could have learneda lot about how to manipulate a ref and cheating from masters such as Fritzy Fritspatrick and Ritchie McCaaaaaw.

But of course our players and coaches etc are too honest to stoop that low. Hahahahahahaha.

Glad you kiwis have finally woken up enough to give the Globalist traitor Arderne the boot. Make sure you vote in a politician who will put NZ first. No more WEF appointed scumbags. 

Mar 02, 2023, 22:02

Beenshit supporting a gay man, who would have thought.

Got a secret you want to share there beenshit?

Preaches hatred yet willing to swallow a mouthful of come if it helps his bunch of cheating thugs.

Show how much he holds to his beliefs, ready to sell his sole for 30 pieces of silver

Mar 02, 2023, 22:22

I guess will will need to call you judas from here on out

Mar 02, 2023, 23:19

Glad you still remember some of the All Black greats Beeno. Yes, you could learn a lot form them, modesty and commitment to the game being but a few positives. I'm sure even you would agree:P

Mar 02, 2023, 23:32

Jwin, a few relatively new NZ media sites that might be of interest to you

The Platform NZ

The Spinoff NZ

Mar 02, 2023, 23:58

Thanks blobbok, I checked out the Spinoff NZ and a one headline read:

"Brian Tamaki blames porn use in Gisborne and Hastings for Cyclone Gabrielle disaster". 

Sounds like a site that aligns more with Beeno's "beliefs":P

Mar 03, 2023, 00:23

Evangelist Brian, now Bishop Tamaki (self-appointed), yet another bent Christian using religion to advance his own agenda & bank balance tithing his congregation.

Mar 03, 2023, 04:47

Disgusting display, Sader

Mar 03, 2023, 08:12

So here we have ButtPlug - who tells me to "EAT A DICK" every time I explain to him he has egg all over his stupid face (which is often) - getting all self-righteous and indignant because CFan made a reference to Baboon-ou performing fellatio.

The lack of self-awareness that some of our posters display is mind-boggling!

Mar 03, 2023, 08:31

LOL, it stung!

Mar 03, 2023, 13:46

Rooi is a sensitive soul

Mar 03, 2023, 14:18

"LOL, it stung!"

No Squeaky Toy, it's just the opposite actually. I like it when ButtPlug is so out of his depth that he's reduced to schoolboy insults like "go eat a dick" . . . but if you little chaps want to steer the conversation away from ButtPlug's obvious hypocrisy then go ahead . . . it's what you do.

Mar 03, 2023, 14:24


It stung.

Mar 03, 2023, 14:52

Plum, it's:

Mar 03, 2023, 15:07

Lolz Draad…you know how red faced and angry our little pal is right now.

He hates that we don’t take him seriously.

Mar 03, 2023, 15:43

Lol Plum, we had this guy in our class at school...we didn't treat him any different than anybody else, we just didn't treat him how he believed he should have been treated...funny AF.:D

Mar 03, 2023, 15:55

Old RooiNarf…one day he’ll tell us where it all went wrong for him.

I laugh every time i think of him trying to pick up chicks at Uni by quoting Marx. There are two items that i’m sure he owned or still owns…

1) A Che Guevara t-shirt 2) The Art of War

To be fair though, I think IRL he probably has a decent sense of humor.

Mar 03, 2023, 18:11

My Mum still has a soft spot for Che :D

Mar 04, 2023, 00:25

To blobok:

You are right.

Brian Tamati needs his head cut off at the shoulders so that we can all shit down his neck.

Mar 04, 2023, 00:25

To blobok:

You are right.

Brian Tamati needs his head cut off at the shoulders so that we can all shit down his neck.

Mar 04, 2023, 12:29

According to a Article in “ The South African “ Rassie and Nick Mallet has made peace. Mallet commends Rassie on his “ out of the Box Thinking “ and agrees that the appointment of a Top Ref, can only help the Boks….Mallet goes on to say that if the Boks win a back to back WC title, that this will officially be a “ Masterstroke “ from Rassie - Ok so peace in Paradise once again :) The Boks and Rassie better be @ there Very best, if we have any chance at all, to Win the WC.

Mar 04, 2023, 15:05

Cuntyboy being offended with fellatio hahahaha and he thought being called sexist was bad what a twat

Rooi shows up your stupidity cuntyboy you should stay the fuck down or intel 1…..2….for more stupid bwahhha

Mar 04, 2023, 15:10


You’ve just drastically increased the chances of you mom receiving unsolicited and deeply Marxist pick up lines from Rooinek.

Mar 04, 2023, 17:11

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