Monday , March 1 2021

Eddie Jones Suspended Judges When IOM Saves New Zealand

England coach Eddie Jones has said that meeting with World Rugby judges is a "waste of time", which followed the controversy over Sam Undhill's ban on New Zealand.

England thought that they had achieved a rare victory over World Champion All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday when the flanker Underhill crossed Courtney Lawes's TJ Perenara kick.

Experienced judge Geron Garcss awarded the test, but after consulting with the television game officer Marius Jonkers, the Frenchman changed his decision after South Africa broke out.

It remains the subject of debate whether Lawes was actually in the background.

But the Yonkers decision was an insignificant call, and seemed to contradict the World Rugby Directive by requiring "convincing evidence" that the IOM could cancel the onfield decision.

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England's frustration at the game, which they eventually lost from 16-15, complicates the knowledge about the decision to refuse an Underhill attempt came only a few days after the London-based coaches and judges at the World Rugby meeting, seemingly clarified their position on the involvement of IOMs.

"I do not think I will come to another meeting of judges in my life," said John.

"It's a waste of time.

"Judges have tough work, it's hard to make decisions, and what we want in rugby is consistency in decision making," added the Australian.

"We are happy to take all the decisions that they make.

"But if we have policies, then we have to follow.

"If we disregard them, what is the need to engage in these policy areas and in decision-making?"

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Joness, whose English side faces Japan – whom he trained before taking over as the Red Rose boss – next Saturday Twickenham, added: "I would just accept it and continue with it.

"It's the way you do it, you either get a green rub, or you do not. I do not have any sour grapes at all about the game," John said.

"You win some, you lose part and continue with it. But there is something wrong with somewhere."


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