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Wales receive formal admission from World Rugby after ‘mistake’

Wales have been told by World Rugby’s referees’ chief that the television match official made a mistake with the controversial no-try incident against England at Twickenham.

Warren Gatland subsequently described TMO Glenn Newman’s call as a “terrible mistake” and he has now spoken with Alain Rolland, World Rugby’s high performance 15s match officials’ manager.



Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Wales assistant coach Rob Howley said: “I know Warren Gatland spoke to Alain Rolland, and they confirmed that the TMO made a mistake.”

Wales lost the NatWest 6 Nations clash 12-6, with England failing to score a point after the 20th minute.

Howley added: “It was good to have dialogue with World Rugby. That phone call took place – I think it was yesterday – and Alain Rolland confirmed on behalf of World Rugby that the TMO made a mistake.


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“It’s happened. It is disappointing that happens in professional sport, but we focus on the next two weeks and getting ourselves ready for Ireland.

“There was plenty of time after that decision. We had a couple of opportunities which we should have taken.”

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