French referee Mathieu Raynal has been given a reprieve following the fallout from his controversial time-loss penalty in the last minute of last September’s Rugby Championship match between the Wallabies and All Blacks in Melbourne. The referee sanctioned Australian Bernard Foley for losing time when he had a penalty that he was about to take with time almost up at Marvel Stadium.
The hotly debated decision gave the All Blacks possession and they soon scored to win victory from the jaws of defeat, sparking discussions throughout the rugby world as to whether Raynal was right to be so strict about what he had done. .
It was a few days later, before the Wallabies-All Blacks rematch in Auckland, that Australia boss Dave Rennie claimed that World Rugby had conceded that the crucial decision made by Raynal in his team’s defeat was wrong.
“They agreed with our concerns,” Rennie said at the time. “We are looking for a little clarity. We have that… We have decided to take it seriously and move on.”
While Raynal retained his appointment as assistant referee for that follow-up Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park, it was noted that he had moved down the refereeing pecking order when World Rugby announced its official teams for all 40 matches in the United Nations. Men’s Autumn. series program.
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Raynal has just been given a single match to officiate, the November 19 match between Romania and Samoa in Bucharest. That low-profile encounter was in stark contrast to the kind of high-profile Test matches he was usually appointed for, but now he has been granted an unexpected reprieve for next weekend.
Jaco Peyper, the South African who was in charge of last Saturday’s France-Australia match in Paris, has reported an injury and his appointment as referee for this Saturday’s game in Dublin between Ireland and Fiji has now fallen to the inactive Raynal.
A statement from World Rugby read: “World Rugby has confirmed a change in match officials for the Ireland v Fiji match on 12 November. Mathieu Raynal (France) will now referee the match at Aviva Stadium in the Autumn Nations Series.
Raynal replaces Jaco Peyper (South Africa), who is unavailable due to injury. The other appointments remain unchanged with Tual Trainini (France) and Jordan Way (Australia) as assistant referees and Chris Hart (New Zealand) as TV match official.
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