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Wounded Australia write to World Rugby over refereeing concerns

French referee Mathieu Raynal sparked uproar with a decision in the Australia-New Zealand clash

SYDNEY – Rugby Australia has written to the sport’s governing body about “overbearing officials”, after the Wallabies were denied victory against New Zealand by a controversial refereeing decision.

French referee Mathieu Raynal sparked uproar in Australia after reversing a penalty awarded to the hosts in the dying seconds of their Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks in Melbourne last week.

He penalised Bernard Foley for time-wasting as the fly-half was about to kick the ball into touch in the 80th minute with the Wallabies leading 37-34.

The All Blacks were instead awarded a scrum five metres out and Jordie Barrett crossed…

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