Rugby Union: Australia files a complaint in the Mathieu Raynal case

The Mathieu Raynal affair takes a new turn. The Australian Rugby Federation has decided to file a complaint.

A decision that has always been difficult to pass. Seven days after the Australia v New Zealand encounter, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) decided to launch a formal complaint to World Rugby seeking an explanation from rugby’s governing body.

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As a reminder, 90 seconds from the end of the match, Mathieu Raynal granted a scrum for the All Blacks, 5 meters from the Australian in-goal, when he had whistled a defeat in favor of the Wallabies. This happened following the blatant time saving of the Australian opener, Bernard Foley, despite the warnings of the Catalan referee. Behind, the New Zealanders managed to score the winning try (37-39) by Jordie Barrett.

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For its part, necessarily frustrated, the ARU points out the inconstancy of the Perpignanais in the arbitration of the loss of time in the match: at the 71e minute, the Blacks’ fly-half, Richie Mo’unga, took 85 seconds to hit his canceled without being called to order, or the statistics of the match which showed just over 12 minutes of effective play in a first half that lasted more than 51 minutes. The Australian federation will rely on everything possible to try to discredit this decision at the end of the match.

The Raynal case is therefore not over. Moreover, the Catalan – who has just been named to be the best referee in Top 14 – will be on the sidelines of … New Zealand-Australia, Saturday at 9:05 a.m.

Contacted by us at the beginning of the week, Mathieu Raynal did not wish to react.

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