"Biggar and Sexton" - Six Nations match officials name the worst rugby players to referee - Ruck

“Biggar and Sexton” – Six Nations match officials name the worst rugby players to referee

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…

Scratch-card Game:

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.”

Assistant Referee, Sara Cox during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester Rugby at Sandy Park on 9 Sep. Photo: Cameron Geran/PPAUK/Gallagher

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.”