Social media reacts as rugby player picks up referee in shocking red card - Ruck

Social media reacts as rugby player picks up referee in shocking red card

The rugby world was stunned on Friday night after a strange moment involving a referee being hoisted into the air by a player.

Official Laurent Millotte was visibly shocked when Nevers winger Josaia Raisuqe grabbed him from behind and lifted him above his shoulders after he blew the final whistle to confirm victory over Beziers in the French ProD2 match.

Here’s how social media has reacted:

Nigel Owens wrote: “As so many of you are asking what I would have done here. I’d have blown the whistle and said “I’d want to be on Strictly come Dancing before I agreed to be lifted like that”

Andy Goode responded to the referee saying: “Well played on the retirement plan Nigel! Are you saying come and get me Strictly?!”

But the popular Welshman responded: “I’ve got two left feet Goodey and no rhythm at all ha.”


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