Eddie Jones Vows To Never Go To A Referees’ Meeting Again Following NZ Controversy


England head coach Eddie Jones has vowed to never attend a World Rugby referee’s meeting ever again after the controversial decision by Jérôme Garcès to consult the TMO for Sam Underhill’s disallowed try against New Zealand.

Jones’s men were denied a match-winning try in the final moments after Courtney Lawes was adjudged to be marginally offside before charging down TJ Perenara’s box-kick. Jones said the meetings are a “waste of time” because of the inconsistency with which directives are enacted.

The directives he’s referring to is the current trial that requires “compelling evidence” before an intervention from the TMO. World Rugby hosted a meeting in London last week to clarify the rulings and when asked if he had checked the protocol after the disallowed try, Jones was pretty blunt.

“I don’t think I’ll go to another referees’ meeting in my life,” the England head coach said.

“It’s a waste of time. If I’m not going to go to the meetings, I won’t know what’s said. [It] doesn’t matter mate. The referees have a tough job and all we want is consistency in decision making. If we have policies then we have to follow it. If we don’t follow it, then what is the point in being involved in those policies and decision making?

“I would rather just accept it and get on with it. Smile at the end of the game if it doesn’t go our way, know that if it does go our way, it won’t the next time. That’s the way it goes, you either get the rub of the green or you don’t. I don’t have any sour grapes at all about the game. You win some you lose some and get on with it. But there is something wrong somewhere.”


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