Eyebrows Raised As Eddie Jones Drafts In England Vs Ireland Official For Training Session


England head coach Eddie Jones drafted in one of the officials for their Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday to referee a training session yesterday, The Times reports.

Marius van der Westhuizen, will be one of the assistants this weekend in Twickenham, along with Jaco Peyper and referee Angus Gardner, was helping England yesterday just four days before the Test.

Ireland apparently were unaware that the South African had been invited into the England camp ahead of the crucial fixture.

World Rugby has made referees available before and during international windows to try to increase the understanding between officials and coaches. But an official cannot assist a team he will referee during that window or tournament, although the stipulation doesn’t stand for assistant referees.

Many people have since come out and questioned the move.