World Cup Referee Panel

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May 07, 2019, 14:18

The following from news 24 as to the panel to be used:-

Wayne Barnes (England), Luke Pearce (England), Jérôme Garcès (France), Romain Poite (France), Pascal Gaüzère (France), Mathieu Raynal (France), Nigel Owens (Wales), Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand), Nic Berry (Australia), Angus Gardner (Australia) 

This is weird the panel comprises 

*   7  Referees from England (2),  France (4) and Wales (1); and

*   4  Referees from SH countries (New Zealand (2), Australia (2) and SA (1),

The referees from NH countries are problematic as to reffing teams with a different approach to games and the predominance of especially French referees presents a scenario where the main SH teams will be stifled in fames    

May 07, 2019, 23:27

Ffs. 4 French froggies:'( ...... my least favourite refs. Pourquoi?

Where's Rasta?

May 07, 2019, 23:50

Don't know Luke Pearce and Mathieu Raynal but the rest are all quality refs, including the Frogs Garces and Poite who are among the world's best.

You can call that panel "weird" if you like ou Maaik, I think it's world class. We should be grateful that so many competent referees have stuck with the thankless job in the face of all the ignorant and biased criticism they receive.

PS Rasta is a promising ref bit he's not in that league. Not yet anyway.

May 07, 2019, 23:59

This is looking like a conspiracy.:angel: (but not a globalist one).

The fast pitches of Japan should favour Southern Hemisphere teams, but it is the first time that the Northern Hemisphere is arguably better than the Southern Hemisphere. 

A majority of northern referees should even the scales and to some degree take away the fastpitch advantage. They way their refs judge the breakdown allows anyone to enter the ruck from anywhere. 
This goes to show it will be non-negotiable to have fetchers on the field. (e.g. Vermeulen vs an Alberts twin)

Everyone hates French referees. They are so pedantic and seem to enjoy shouting at the players and power egos.
Expect some dubious calls at the World Cup...

However all being said, the Boks are certainly not in the favourites list - so perhaps a surprise result may favour the under dogs Boks

Favourites should be 

1. All Blacks
2. Wales
3. Ireland
4 .England

5. South Africa
6. Argentina
7. Scotland
8. France

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