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Henry ‘happy’ to see Barnes again

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Tri Nations on 13 Aug 2008 at 08:00
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Coach Graham Henry has played down the All Blacks’ impending reacquaintance with the man blamed by many New Zealand rugby fans for their team’s premature demise at last year’s World Cup.

The NZPA reports that Englishman Wayne Barnes will be patrolling a touchline at Newlands in Cape Town as one of Australian referee Matt Goddard’s two assistants for the Tri-Nations test this weekend.

Henry said Barnes’ presence wouldn’t affect the All Blacks and there hadn’t been any additional edge to preparations this week.

“No, you can’t do anything about the things you can’t control,” he said.

“You just work on the things you can control and officials are something you can’t control. You just hope they have a good game.”

Asked if he was happy about Barnes’ appointment, Henry replied: “I’m happy to have anybody as an official.”

Barnes controlled the All Blacks’ quarter-final at Cardiff, where France pulled off an upset to hand New Zealand their earliest exit at a World Cup tournament.

But many New Zealand fans blamed his officiating, including a missed forward pass, for the defeat.

Even the New Zealand Rugby Union’s independent review of the World Cup failure pointed the finger partly at Barnes.

In June, lock Ali Williams’ reignited the issue by saying the amount of criticism heaped on Henry for what happened at Cardiff was over the top.

“Some of the ownership has to fall on us too, as the players,” Williams said.

“And you’ve got to look at the ref. Seventeen unawarded penalties, that’s bullshit.”

But England caretaker manager at the time, Rob Andrew, responded by backing his compatriot as one of the best referees around and said Williams’ outburst was indicative of New Zealand’s inability to get over the pain of successive World Cup disappointments.


  • Wouldn’t it just be TOO FUNNY if the All Blacks ar tearing down the line to score a try and Barnes let’s the referee call them back for a forward pass. :mrgreen:

    And then the replay shows that the pass was not forward. :shock: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Go Barnsie!!!!!!!!! THE RFU rocks!

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.08.08 08:03:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • haha I can’t wait for one of my favorite refs to be monitoring the touchline for this game.

    I just hope after all the harassment he’s gotten this past year he isn’t deluded enough to think he owes NZ something.

    After all I think Fred said it best a few months ago when he asked a NZ reporter “You don’t believe it was just one pass that lost you the game?”

    The ABs were a victim of their own success. Very similar to how France fell a week later to the damn English.

    & while we are on the subject of RWC who is planning to head to NZ for 2001? I am there..even if I have to sell a kidney, lung or my first born.

    http://www.rth2011.com/ – Rugby Travel & Hospitality Ltd, the organisation that has been awarded the contract for the Commercial Ticketing and supposedly the page will be going live sometime this month.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.08.08 20:07:34 by Milissa Reply
    MilissaVodacom Cup player
  • ehhh 2011.. :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.08.08 20:08:28 by Milissa Reply
    MilissaVodacom Cup player

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