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Owen Farrell: England fly-half ‘doesn’t get same protection from referees’, says Eddie Jones

Owen Farrell has taken part in tailored fitness sessions this week as England prepare to face the All Blacks England v New Zealand Venue: Twickenham. Date: 10 November. Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live (build-up from 14:30) and live text commentary on BBC Sport website. Highlights on BBC Two at 19:30 GMT. England head coach Eddie Jones believes “warrior” co-captain Owen Farrell does not get the same protection from referees as other fly-halves. Farrell picked up a hip injury in Saturday’s win over South Africa…

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Eddies Jones: England head coach meets referees’ chief to discuss officiating

Spreadbury says England head coach Jones “wants a contest” at the breakdown in the Premiership England head coach Eddie Jones met with referees’ chief Tony Spreadbury last week to try to closer align officiating from club to international level. Premiership referees last season favoured the attacking side, encouraging teams to keep the ball. However England struggled in the Six Nations and on the summer tour of South Africa, where officials allowed defenders more leeway. Spreadbury says Jones “wants a contest” at the breakdown in the Premiership. “He was saying to…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – 17 referees, 37 assistant referees and 10 Video Assistant Referees appointed for next phase of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 17 referees, 37 assistant referees and 10 Video Assistant Referees for the final phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Given the number of matches left and the teams that have qualified for the next round, the number of referees has been reduced. Appointed for the next phase are: AFC: FAGHANI Alireza (IRN); SHUKRALLA Nawaf Abdulla (BHR) CAF: DIEDHIOU Malang (SEN); SIKAZWE Janny (ZAM) CONCACAF: GEIGER Mark (USA); MARRUFO Jair (USA); RAMOS PALAZUELOS Cesar Arturo (MEX) CONMEBOL: CUNHA Andres (URU); PITANA Nestor (ARG);…

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Thirteen video assistant referees appointed for 2018 FIFA World Cup™

The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 13 referees who will act solely as video assistant referees (VARs) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The selection criteria for these VARs were primarily based on their experience as video match officials in their respective association and confederation competitions, in addition to their successful participation in several preparatory seminars and FIFA competitions, where they enhanced their VAR knowledge and skills by using the system. Each match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will have a VAR together with three assistants, AVAR1,…

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