The always vocal rugby pundit and former England international Brian Moore was not impressed with what he from Ellis Genge against Leicester., and had the following to say to The Telegraph Rugby:
“At one point in the game both Ellis Genge and Dan Cole were berating one of Barnes’ assistant referees whilst they were warming up as substitutes in the in-goal area.
“They were obviously disagreeing with Barnes’ decision that held the Tigers’ front row as being responsible for a collapsed scrum.
“Whilst both those players have broad knowledge of the scrum, neither should be allowed to engage with any official until they are actually playing on the pitch and even then, they should only do so in an appropriate manner.”
Genge fired back on Twitter, writing: “Nothing but respect for the officials who manage the game, would never try to undermine any official, I am so sorry that you viewed it that way Brian.
“I’d like to extend and apology on behalf of myself and Dan, where can I address the flowers? Love your work by the way.”
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Premiership’s highest paid player each season from 1998 to 2022
1997-1998: Va’aiga Tuigamala (Newcastle Falcons) – £80,000 per seasonEmbed from Getty Images
1999-2000: Francois Pienaar (Saracens) – £85,000 per seasonEmbed from Getty Images
2000-2001: Jason Robinson (Sale Sharks) – £180,000 per seasonEmbed from Getty Images