Ranked! The 10 most hated people in rugby
7. Craig Joubert
It is easy to forget that, prior to his catastrophic performance in the 2011 World Cup final, Joubert was considered one of the best referees in world rugby. Since then, his performances have been on a downward trajectory, culminating in the display which contributed to Scotland’s crushing quarter-final exit to Australia. He’s since retired, but it seems unlikely Joubert will be heading back to Scotland anytime soon.
6. John Inverdale
How has it come to this? Twenty years ago John Inverdale was respected and admired. Now look at him at the bottom of another mass pile-on, pilloried all over social media and the press for being at best a berk, at worst a serially sexist buffoon.
Words that strike fear into the hearts of all right minded people –
“And now for 6 nations highlights with John Inverdale”
— Seán Carroll (@CarrollSean4) February 10, 2019
5. Pascal Pape
Pape decided to dedicate a portion of Stade’s clash with Edinburgh to his unending pursuit of shithousery.
You may remember that it was Pape who also thrust his knee into Jamie Heaslip’s back, leaving the Irish No. 8 with fractured vertebrae.
Well, his next defining moment was when Edinburgh’s wonderfully-named Phil Burleigh was sent-off for slapping Pape in the face. While childish, it wasn’t exactly forceful. Nonetheless, poor Pascal felt its brute force, and threw himself to the ground.