"Barmy" - Sir Clive Woodward slams decision to fine Jack Nowell - Ruck

“Barmy” – Sir Clive Woodward slams decision to fine Jack Nowell

Former England Rugby Union coach Sir Clive Woodward has criticized the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for fining England and Exeter Chiefs wing Jack Nowell £10,000 after he criticized a refereeing decision on Twitter.

Nowell admitted that his conduct was “prejudicial to the interests of the game” and has been directed to undertake a referees’ course. The panel ordered that the fine be paid to charity.

In a tweet that led to the fine, Nowell said, “I’m actually in shock, like shock shocked. What the hell is happening? That’s one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen. EVER.”

Woodward, in his column for the Mail Online, expressed his disappointment with the RFU and their recent decisions.

He wrote: “Jack Nowell’s £10,000 fine for tweeting criticism of a refereeing decision is yet another example of the game’s hierarchy having total disregard for players and fans. It is plain barmy.

“On the back of Freddie Steward’s red card in Dublin, the Nowell incident is the latest instance of rugby leaving itself open to ridicule. It must stop.

“I had the same reaction when I read Ellis Genge’s ban for a dangerous hit was being reduced from three weeks to two if he attends tackle school. Tackle school? It’s a joke.

“It’s these sorts of things that make people just laugh at rugby. Nowell was fined because the RFU felt he attacked Dickson personally. I don’t think Nowell did that at all. What he did was criticise the decision and by extension rugby’s rules.”

Woodward criticized the decision to send Nowell to a refereeing course, calling it “totally ridiculous.” He also highlighted that Nowell’s tweet contained no personal attack, bad language, or derogatory or unpleasant comments.

Woodward believes that Nowell was right to act as he did, and that the team of officials missed the point and ruined a good game.

 Sir Clive Woodward ranks the FIVE most talented players he’s ever seen

5. Danny Cipriani (England)

“Cipriani is the only English number 10 of the past 20 years who, if I’d been coach and he had been up for selection at the same time as Jonny, could have caused big selection headaches.

“The Sale man’s skill-set is so complete. He poses an attacking threat with ball in hand and has a superb kicking game and world-class distribution. I think Wilkinson would have got the nod over him in the end but the fact I even mention them in the same breath shows how highly I rate Cipriani.”