Former All Black Brands Owen Farrell Tackle Decision “An Absolute Disgrace”
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Former All Black Craig Dowd has branded the decision to let Owen Farrell’s controversial thumping hit on Springbok André Esterhuizen an “absolute disgrace” and a “blight on world rugby.”
Dowd, who played 60 Tests for the All Blacks including two World Cups, says the referees “bottled themselves” on the day. Writing in a column for ESPN, Dowd also criticised World Rugby for not citing Farrell.
“The referees bottled themselves. It was a terrible decision and World Rugby should be looking at the referees sideways.” Dowd writes
There needs to be an explanation to say why that was not a yellow card; at minimum it was a penalty; and how the hell did they not do anything about that tackle, even by citing it afterwards?”
“It was a terrible tackle and the decision was an absolute disgrace and a blight on world rugby; the sooner the top administrators take some ownership of that, like they have on other controversial decisions, the better.”