Eddie Jones has criticised World Rugby in the wake of England’s victory over Wales after the world governing body admitted that Gareth Anscombe’s disallowed try should have been awarded by the television match official (TMO) during last weekend’s Six Nations encounter at Twickenham.
Referee Jerome Garces called on TMO Glenn Newman to review Anscombe’s apparent score during England’s 12-6 victory, with video replays appearing to show a clear grounding by the Welsh full-back. Having viewed two replays of the incident, New Zealander Newman chalked off the try in England’s favour, with Wales coach Warren Gatland raging against the decision and seeking clarification over why the score was not awarded.
World Rugby responded to Gatland on Monday to confirm that Newman “made a mistake” because Anscombe has “grounded the ball”, but Jones was critical of the decision to look back at the incident and added that the governing body “have a record of doing it” in the past.
“Well they’ve done it before,” Jones said on Tuesday. “I’m on a good behaviour bond so I’ve got to be careful what I say. I just think once the game’s done and dusted that’s the game, you can’t have retrospective refereeing of decisions being done, it’s done and dusted.
“We’ve got to trust the referees, respect their integrity. When I say respect the referee, that’s the TV process as well, and then you leave it at that, and then you get on with it. One side’s won, one side’s lost.
“In Japan they have a great saying: at full-time there’s no side. That’s one of traditions of rugby, you get on with it, you respect that decision. If you haven’t got the rub of the green then you know you probably get it in the next couple of games. So yeah, that’s all I’ve got to say.”
Jones’ reference that World Rugby have done this before is an acknowledgement of the statement that was issued after Scotland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final…