Australia coach Dave Rennie has apologized for criticizing the quality of refereeing during their European tour following their 29-28 defeat in Wales after the global governing body World Rugby issued a written warning.
- The Wallabies coach was critical of the refereeing team after his team’s narrow defeat last week
- He has since apologized, saying it did not live up to the required standards for a coach
- Rennie has also accepted a formal warning from World Rugby
A series of decisions by referee Mike Adamson, his referee team and TV match manager (TMO) Marius Jonker left Rennie frustrated, with the coach defending his decision to publish his complaints.
“Dave Rennie would like to apologize to the match leaders and World Rugby for the choice of language used in the post-match media commitments following Wallabie’s Test match against Wales in Cardiff,” Rugby Australia said in a statement.
“The choice of language and its timing did not live up to the standards required by a coach or official to maintain rugby’s core values of discipline, integrity and respect.
“Rugby Australia and Dave Rennie accept the formal warning issued by World Rugby.”
World Rugby added that the sport was based on “trust and respect” with match leaders as the “backbone of the sport”, and Rennie’s comments were “clearly not in line with these values”.
On Thursday, South Africa’s director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, withdrew his appeal of a two-month quarantine and apologized to referee Nic Berry for his 62-minute video critique of the referee after the first test against the British and Irish lions in July.
Australia lost all three matches in their European tour this month and also suffered defeats to Scotland and England.