Brian O’Driscoll Wants Laws Reviewed Following Cynical All Blacks Play
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Former Ireland, Leinster and Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll has highlighted an area of the game he wants World Rugby to look at and potentially change going forward.
O’Driscoll reckons players who infringe (often cynically) when there’s a penalty advantage, should not be allowed escape punishment when the referee goes back to the original penalty.
The centre made the comments following a rather cynical piece of play from All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock in the 37th minute of Ireland’s 16-9 victory at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. The lock clearly lies all over the ball with Ireland in an excellent attacking position, knowing referee Wayne Barnes had called a penalty advantage just moments previously.
If I could get @worldrugby to change one thing in the game it would be to get referees to sin bin the defensive player who infringes (often cynically) when it’s already penalty advantage. Happens all the time. Stops more tries being scored. Eg – Whitelock on 37 mins on Sat…
— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) November 19, 2018
Interestingly International Rugby Players highlighted that some of the world’s best players will be sitting down after the World Rugby Awards to “discuss laws of the game and referee issues with Alain Rolland and the World Rugby top brass.“
Funny you should mention that, Brian.
Next week, after the #WorldRugbyawards in Monaco, we’ll have some of the World’s top players sitting down to discuss laws of the game and referee issues with Alain Rolland and the World Rugby top brass.
Should be interesting… https://t.co/e4OAyeIbB8
— InternationalRugbyPlayers (@IntRugbyPlayers) November 19, 2018
Will O’Driscoll’s issue be raised by the players? To be fair to him, he’s got a point. Teams should be punished for that kind of play.