"Very misleading" - Wayne Barnes slams All Blacks World Cup final complaints - Ruck

“Very misleading” – Wayne Barnes slams All Blacks World Cup final complaints

It was widely reported that the All Blacks have filed a complaint with the authorities over the officiating in the Rugby World Cup final.

According to Planet Rugby Ian Foster’s men were unhappy with some of the decisions which went against them in the showpiece event.

However, Wayne Barnes stressed that he has not seen that feedback and that reports that there have been complaints can be “very misleading”.

“So I refereed New Zealand three times during the tournament,” Barnes said.

“Refereed them against Uruguay, refereed them against Ireland and refereed them in the final but they sent feedback after every game. So they would say, ‘can you clarify these points?’ So writing to complain to World Rugby, as I’ve seen some of the headlines this week, can be very misleading.”

“I’m sure because Ian Foster is very diligent and with Joe [Schmidt] next to him, and they always go into detail after a match. And so after those other two matches, there’s a lot of detail, asking questions of you know, of clarification. So it wouldn’t surprise me if they’ve sent those into World Rugby. I haven’t seen those yet.”

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