All Blacks file complaint over enforcement in Rugby World Cup final loss

The All Blacks have lodged a complaint with World Rugby over the refereeing of the 2023 Rugby World Cup final, which they lost 12-11 to South Africa.

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said the team were unhappy with a number of penalties that went against them in the match, including Sam Kane’s red card for a dangerous elbow.

“We have submitted a paper to World Rugby asking them to make some comments,” Foster said.

However, most observers agree that referee Wayne Barnes and his team did an excellent job in what was a tough game.

All Blacks file complaint over enforcement in Rugby World Cup final loss

Barnes was praised for his handling of the red card incident and his overall management of the game.

The All Blacks may have had some justified calls on some technical penalties, but overall Barnes and his team played a great game.

Meanwhile, World Rugby president Sir Bill Beaumont paid tribute to Barnes, who announced he was stepping down as match referee to focus on a new career.

Barnes enjoyed a distinguished 17-year Test match refereeing career with a record 111 Test matches and five Rugby World Cup appearances, as well as numerous domestic and European finals.

He is widely regarded as one of the finest referees of all time and his retirement will be a great loss to the game of rugby.

The All Blacks have lodged a complaint with World Rugby over the refereeing of the 2023 Rugby World Cup final, which they lost 12-11 to South Africa. All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said the team were unhappy with a number of penalties that went against them in the match, including Sam Kane’s red card…

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