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Most despised man in Australia returns to haunt Wallabies at Eden Park

Most despised man in Australia returns to haunt Wallabies at Eden Park

By Alipate Narawa
Thursday 22/09/2022
Referee, Mathieu Raynal [Photo: Planet Rugby]

The most despised man in Australian sport will return to haunt the Wallabies in Saturday's Bledisloe Cup rematch at Auckland.

Mathieu Raynal - the referee behind the controversial time-wasting call at Melbourne that cost the Wallabies a shot at finally reclaiming the Bledisloe will man the sidelines at Eden Park, after being appointed an assistant referee.

Ireland's Andrew Brace will oversee the test.

Raynal's decision to punish Aussie first-five Bernard Foley in the final seconds ultimately led to the All Blacks' match-winning try and has seen him dragged over the coals across the Tasman, with coaches, pundits and fans alike condemning his call.

Raynal dealt out four yellow cards on an undisciplined night at Marvel Stadium, including one many believed should have been red to Wallabies forward Darcy Swain, whose illegal clean out at a ruck caused a season-ending injury to All Blacks midfielder Quinn Tupaea.

He was later cited by SANZAAR for foul play and will face a judiciary hearing on Wednesday night, when his fate will be determined.

If the ban is upheld, it would be Swain's second of the season.

The All Blacks host the Wallabies at 7.05pm this Saturday while South Africa will take on Argentina at 3.05am Sunday.

Source: Newshub 


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