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“I thought that was right out of order.”
England head Eddie Jones has lodged a complaint with World Rugby over the conduct of Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones towards referee Pascal Gauzere in their win over Scotland in Cardiff last Saturday.
The Australian is not happy with the way Alun Wyn stood in front of kicker Finn Russell in order to prevent the Scottish outhalf from taking a quick conversion. The skipper was trying to stop Russell from converting Peter Horne’s late try so the TMO could review the score.
Eddie Jones has accused the British & Irish Lions lock of failing to “respect the integrity of the referee”.
“I thought that was right out of order. When he tried to stop the referee from allowing the kick at goal – we can’t have that in the game,” Jones said.
“That’s borrowed from another sport and I really hope World Rugby don’t allow that to creep into the game because it shouldn’t be part of the game.
“All we say is just to be respectful. At times players lose their cool, but that was a contrived bit of behaviour.
“It’s not great for the game and I’ve said something to World Rugby about it, I feel that strongly.
“We’ve got to respect the integrity of the referee in the game because we’ve got one of the most difficult games to referee. And the game only gets more complex.
“It doesn’t get any easier. There’s more density around the ball. The players are bigger, faster, stronger. There’s quicker decisions from the referee to make.
“And if we don’t respect the integrity of the game we’re going to lose part of it.”