The Breakdown | Reffing hell: Rugby World Cup needs to clear up collision confusion


It is right that dangerous challenges are not tolerated but why is the sport’s biggest event being used to change behaviour?The World Cup is descending into reffing hell. Various coaches have taken aim, from Japan’s assistant Tony Brown to Ireland’s Joe Schmidt, much to the disgust of New Zealand’s Steve Hansen, who has called for a period of silence.It is advice Michael Cheika is unlikely to take after one of his players received a three-match ban for a high tackle against Fiji that when repeated by Wales’s Rhys Patchell during Sunday’s victory over Wales, earned him a penalty. Related: Best-…

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