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KML1
09-12-14, 18:12
Full details at: http://rugbyreferee.net/2014/12/09/6-nations-2015-match-officials-announced/ (http://rugbyreferee.net/2014/12/09/6-nations-2015-match-officials-announced/)

Headlines - JP Doyle gets his first. Pollock is back. Garces and Walsh get two each. Rest get one. Plenty of AR time for all.

Sure others will have more substantive comments!

crossref
09-12-14, 19:12
:clap: for JP Doyle

OB..
09-12-14, 20:12
Graham Hughes and Simon McDowell get 5 each.

crossref
09-12-14, 20:12
isn't that a debut 6 Nations for Glen Jackson as well?

leaguerefaus
09-12-14, 23:12
Walshy <3 Timing his run perfectly for the WC ;)

KML1
09-12-14, 23:12
isn't that a debut 6 Nations for Glen Jackson as well?

Good spot. He ARd twice in the 6N last year but has broken into the top tier in the summer and autumn programme since the last 6N campaign.

SimonSmith
10-12-14, 00:12
Oh Christ, we're in trouble.

One Glen Jackson, and two French refs, including Monsieur Reward the dominantscrumevenifthey'reillegal.

TheBFG
10-12-14, 10:12
Did Walsh have a hand it those appointments, talk about getting the "Hollywood" spot!

Lee Lifeson-Peart
10-12-14, 10:12
I watched the France v Argentina game from a week or so ago. SW was ARing for George Clancy.

Imhoff (I think) went in to the corner and SW and GC had a slight conference. GC asked SW if he should ask the TMO "any reason not to award a try" and Walsh (in my eyes) gave him a "are you completely f+%Ģing stupid" sort of look but agreed that GC should ask.

SW has a curious way of dealing with people. His manner in dealing with TMOs (especially non English as first language types) is something to behold (listen to).

As a referee I quite like him but I wonder if he sits on his own at the post match dinners? :biggrin:

menace
10-12-14, 11:12
SW has a curious way of dealing with people. His manner in dealing with TMOs (especially non English as first language types) is something to behold (listen to).

As a referee I quite like him but I wonder if he sits on his own at the post match dinners? :biggrin:

Had you noticed how he has changed his demeanour with players (especially captains) in the past 2/3 seasons??
His current approach is not his natural style.

Add: this is more his natural style. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IhbOVco4eYw
(Or search Steve Walsh vs Stephen hoiles)
You will see SW rub his chin a lot. This is helping to manually keep his mouth shut until his brain engages first.

Adam
10-12-14, 11:12
Had you noticed how he has changed his demeanour with players (especially captains) in the past 2/3 seasons??
His current approach is not his natural style.

Add: this is more his natural style. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IhbOVco4eYw
(Or search Steve Walsh vs Stephen hoiles)
You will see SW rub his chin a lot. This is helping to manually keep his mouth shut until his brain engages first.

By which you mean his natural style is hungover/still drunk? ;)

TheBFG
10-12-14, 13:12
Careful, Wert will be on here giving you what for :wait:

leaguerefaus
10-12-14, 13:12
Anyone know what Walsh did for a day job before reffing at the elite level? I would not be surprised if he was a school teacher.

Adam
10-12-14, 13:12
Anyone know what Walsh did for a day job before reffing at the elite level? I would not be surprised if he was a school teacher.


He worked as a customs agent and as a salesman

From Wikipedia...

FlipFlop
10-12-14, 13:12
Anyone know what Walsh did for a day job before reffing at the elite level? I would not be surprised if he was a school teacher.

http://bit.ly/1GcMEo7


He worked as a customs agent and as a salesman

Drift
10-12-14, 20:12
By which you mean his natural style is hungover/still drunk? ;)

I know that's a joke but even when he was a drinker, he was a damn sight better than you or I will ever be. Since he has jumped on the sober wagon he has been consistently one of the best in the world, if not the best in the world for patches. Him, Joubert and Owens/Barnes are the top 3. It would have been him, Joubert and Owens however after the AIs Barnes raised his game and Owens slipped back a little bit IMO.

matty1194
10-12-14, 20:12
I heard that SW had purchased into a chain of convience stores back home and was along the lines of the area manager, this came from a Tier 1 referee so maybe some truth in it, maybe some of our SH referees can confirm.

Daftmedic
10-12-14, 22:12
There are conflicting reports of messiahdom

http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/l541/daftmedic/0535F0BD-DF6C-4FD0-A4A0-8D8065F13CEA.jpg (http://s1123.photobucket.com/user/daftmedic/media/0535F0BD-DF6C-4FD0-A4A0-8D8065F13CEA.jpg.html)

" But I saiduth onto Nigel, ""For I am NOT the messiah. I am but a naughty boy"" ".

http://i1123.photobucket.com/albums/l541/daftmedic/73960A54-4ACD-4594-915B-0B080C8AB2E5.jpg (http://s1123.photobucket.com/user/daftmedic/media/73960A54-4ACD-4594-915B-0B080C8AB2E5.jpg.html)

SimonSmith
11-12-14, 01:12
He has rough bits, but I'm going to say I always enjoy watching SW.

NO is good, but I can guarantee that at least once a game I'm going to go "JFC what are you doing?!"

Dave Sherwin
11-12-14, 01:12
It seems to me that lately NO has been so intent using "downtime" to have little aside communication with players (much of it admittedly constructive) that he has struggled to take a breath and take mental note of wider issues (or just have a moment for himself to reset the clock). Of course, no-one denies that his handling of NZ v SA last year was one of the great refereeing performances, but he does seem to have slipped out of form a little. Also agree that SW is on the up - I thought his breakdown accuracy during the AIs was truly fantastic - but he does still struggle badly with the scrum, I feel. It's such a let-down, and is only highlighted when his general standard is so markedly improved.