Live: Wallabies gatecrash England meeting

Wallabies gatecrash England meetingMichael Cheika doesn’t miss much.Source:AFPWallabies coach Michael Cheika and England boss Eddie Jones met referee Craig Joubert on the eve of Saturday’s second Test at AAMI Park.The meeting was initiated by the English side, with Cheika invoking new World Rugby regulations that allow coaches to be present in a meeting with officials if their opposition requests a sit-down with the man in charge, according to the UK’s The Telegraph.Speaking before the meeting, English assistant Stuart Borthwick said it was unusual to have representatives from both camps together in the same room as the referee.“If that’s what the regulations say, then it’s no problem. In my experience, it hasn’t happened before,” Borthwick said.“It’s a question for them, though. If they want to come along, then that’s fine.“Meeting the ref is standard practice before the game each week.“Craig Joubert is one of the world’s best refs and we have every confidence he will ref the game and scrum well.”Cheika on Wednesday said he rarely sought out referees before games, and that he had no plans himself on setting up a meeting with Joubert.Regulation 15.4.2 in the World Rugby handbook states that while coaches are permitted to meet referees before international fixtures, it is only allowed if there are representatives from both teams present — that is, unless one side declines the opportunity. However, this is the equivalent of the rule b…

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