In fairness, dissent in international rugby isn’t as big of a problem compared to something like football. But who are the worst players to manage in rugby history?
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Well, we’ve discovered quotes from six of the world’s finest officials down the years who told stories about trying to control some of rugby’s bad boys.
Interestingly, one name cropped up on three occasions…
Sara Cox – All scrum-halves
She said: “Gosh, there have been a few. It’s usually the 9’s that commentate as we go from ruck to ruck and tell me where I might possibly have got a law incorrect.”
Matthew Carley – Steve Borthwick
On Borthwick: “A difficult question. When I first started refereeing in the Premiership Steve Borthwick was one of the guys who was pretty intimidating.
“He saw that everything was on ‘his terms, whether you like it or not’. He had such presence. I think you learn how to deal with people like that as a ref, but Steve Borthwick, was as tough as they come.”