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.
I haven’t questioned VdW’s credibility in any way.
I am surprised World Rugby allow assistant referees to go into camp in the week of the match. They don’t allow the ref.
— Alex Lowe (@AlexMLowe) March 14, 2018
In many business-y ethical standards there’s independence of mind, but more relevant in this case – the appearance of independence. Silly decision to go – it gives us reason to suggest his objectivity has been compromised
— All Things Oval (@rugbyreview18) March 14, 2018
I have no idea how this is allowed. Obscene.
— Tom Albrighton (@tmalbrghtn) March 14, 2018
If there is a reserve official available I think he should replace him.
— Derek Mathieson (@dingoderek) March 14, 2018
If this is true, not to bring any ref in to disrepute but how is this possible?
It leaves Westhuizen & England wide open to scrutiny if any controversial decisions follow from Sat.. It’s crazy!
— Drew (@drewconcannon) March 14, 2018
Borrowing a forthcoming official doesn’t project an image of future independence. Nor does it say much for his judgment, sadly.
— Mick Collins (@MickPCollins) March 14, 2018
How does this reflect on the England team? Not well I fear….
— Gemma Dorling (@Gemma_Dorling) March 14, 2018
This is a disgrace the man should be removed from officiating at Saturday’s game #ireVeng
— George McDonagh (@georgemcdonagh) March 14, 2018