Captain Johnny Sexton expressed his disappointment as his rugby career concluded with a heart-wrenching World Cup quarter-final loss to New Zealand.
The All Blacks narrowly triumphed in a thrilling contest, clinching a 28-24 victory in Paris and securing a spot in the semi-finals against Argentina.
One contentious incident unfolded in the first half when Ireland believed they were on the verge of gaining a numerical advantage as prime-time centre Bundee Aki seemed to endure a shoulder-to-head collision.
Referee Wayne Barnes dismissed Johnny Sexton’s appeals and opted not to administer any additional penalties.
You can review the video of the incident here:
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Nigel Owens ranks who is worst to referee between Biggar, Farrell and Sexton
Arguably, the three worst players to deal with these days are Owen Farrell, Dan Biggar and Johnny Sexton.
Owens has had his say on all three, ranking them from worst to best.
#3. Owen Farrell (England)
Nigel Owens said: “I can only speak from my own experience of refereeing him and, when I did, he was an excellent captain to deal with.
“I have a huge amount of respect for him as a player and a person. He always knew where the line was with me.
“I would say to him that he could always come and talk to me as long as it was at the right time and in the right tone and he always did that.”