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George Hook Is Relieved Wayne Barnes Is No Longer A Lawyer

George Hook Is Relieved Wayne Barnes Is No Longer A Lawyer
By Conor Neville

George Hook was not impressed by Wayne Barnes' handling of yesterday's Toulon-Munster game in Marseille.

However, he is still happy that Wayne Barnes chose to become a rugby referee rather than stick with the law.

There was worse, as he handed out a yellow card for a purely accidental collision between Conor Murray and Juan Fernandez Lobbe.

The astonished Argentinian left the field with Barnes' admonition echoing in his ears, "there was no intent". If cards are to be handed out for accidental acts then the game is doomed. I suppose we should be grateful that he chose rugby rather than the law, otherwise people might well have gone to jail for acting without any intent.

The English ref is something of a whipping boy in Ireland (though he is somewhat more popular here than in New Zealand) and he is the international ref under whom Ireland have one of their poorest records, as you can see from these stats here.

However, Hook, reliably contrarian as ever, was bugged more by the decisions which went Munster's way.

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