Popular Welsh referee Nigel Owens thinks it is time for players to stop the histrionics and dissent that is creeping into the game.
“There is a little trend creeping into rugby, and it has been for some time, of players questioning referees’ decisions, waving their arms in the air.” wrote Owens in his column for Wales Online.
He added: “Or going after the referee when a try is scored to insist they check with the TMO about something they think may have happened. Desperation on most occasions, although sometimes they do have a point.
“I guess some of this has hit the headlines in recent days with Dan Biggar receiving a bit of criticism for one or two things that happened in the Wales v France game.
“I know Dan quite well. Indeed, my twitter profile picture is one of him, Rhys Webb and myself laughing together at a Q&A function we were doing for supporters at a hospitality function at the Liberty Stadium a few years back.
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“We go back many years and let me tell you he is one of the nicest people you could wish to meet off the field. A truly top bloke, polite, always ready to greet you with warmth and a smile.
“On the field, though, I guess Dan gets in that zone and obviously he needs to control that passion in the correct manner at times.
“You can’t get frustrated at decision-making, or wave your arms about, it’s not the referee who is infringing, is it?
“But I guess some players are at their best when they feel they are in the thick of everything. Dan is a passionate player, his fierce desire to win in the red of Wales burns deeply inside him, and that is understandable and to be applauded.”
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