"Johnny, thank you" - Luke Pearce channels his inner-Nigel Owens to scold Johnny Sexton - Ruck

“Johnny, thank you” – Luke Pearce channels his inner-Nigel Owens to scold Johnny Sexton

Popular English refere Luke Pearce had the tough task of refereeing the All Blacks against Ireland today.

One particular incident caught everyone’s attention as he put Ireland captain Johnny Sexton in his place. There was then a humorous interaction with New Zealand hooker Dane Coles.

The day jobs of the Autumn Nations Series referees

#1. Romain Poite – Police Detective

 Poite is set to referee his final international match this weekend – World Rugby have confirmed this morning.

The popular Frenchman, who made his debut in 2006, will take charge of his 72nd test match, cementing his status in third on the all-time list of test match appearances behind Nigel Owens (100) and Wayne Barnes (96).

Before becoming a referee, the 45-year-old was a police detective in Toulouse. During the Autumn Nations Series, he will be tackling a different sort of law-breaker after putting down the baton for the referee’s whistle in 2007.

He’s expected to return to the police once he stops refereeing completely.

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