334. The World Cup Refs

A few weeks ago the officiating officials for Rugby World Cup 2015 were announced. In case you missed it, here’s the list:


  • Wayne Barnes (England)
  • George Clancy (Ireland)
  • JP Doyle (England)
  • Jérôme Garcès (France)
  • Pascal Gauzere (France)
  • Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
  • Craig Joubert (South Africa)
  • John Lacey (Ireland)
  • Nigel Owens (Wales)
  • Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
  • Romain Poite (France)
  • Chris Pollock (New Zealand)

Assistant Referees

  • Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
  • Stuart Berry (South Africa)
  • Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
  • Angus Gardner (Australia)
  • Leighton Hodges (Wales)
  • Marius Mitrea (Italy)
  • Mathieu Raynal (France)

Television Match Officials

  • George Ayoub (Australia)
  • Graham Hughes (England)
  • Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
  • Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

On the refs, it looks a pretty good list.

Joubert and Peyper are very good, Barnes can blow hot and cold, Owens can be excellent but he can also get a bit too involved.  The two kiwis are have very different styles: Pollock is relaxed and chatty, while Jackson is uber po-faced. Clancy tick, Poite tick, but I don’t know enough about the other two Frenchmen, or Lacey and Doyle. (Hang on a minute: weren’t they two woman detectives on TV?)

The ARs get the raw end of the prawn because there’s fewer of them, and you need two per match. Okay, they only run straight lines, but that’s going to be a lot of jogging and a lot of travel. Stretch those hammies.

The TMOs is where I wonder. Theoretically they have the easiest of the officiating jobs, but sometimes you get the feeling that they’ve been checking Facebook or dashed off to the loo rather than be watching the game.

Ayoub: seriously? How many last chances can one man have? Could we at least get him a new guide dog?

Skeen, hmmm. Veldsman’s okay, but I don’t know enough/anything about Hughes.

It was fascinating during the Cricket World Cup to hear the TMOs instructing the video replays with real logic and precision. Can’t we just have those fellas?

Or, indeed, put Ned in charge of the whole shebang. I could do all four of the roles for every match from my couch. MrsDavy and the LittleDavys will tell you that I make every single call exactly right ages before the blokes with the whistles, earpieces and microphones.

About Ned Davy

By hokey, the big fella’s tipped into his 50s. A rangy loose forward in his prime, good with the ball in hand, but rarely up with the play any more.
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2 Responses to 334. The World Cup Refs

  1. rayinnz says:

    You are the man for the job Ned, absolutely no sign of bias, understand the game and not on the take
    Where do I send the cheque?

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