No not that one… the 2007 game against France.
The dour headmaster tells thusly in a biography of him due for publication soon.
He tells of how the Englishman Wynne Barnes had awarded the All Blacks only two penalties in the match out of a possible 40 infringements the French committed. None were awarded in the last 50 minutes to the All Blacks.
Henry found it incomprehensible that rugby did not possess a mechanism to investigate bizarre results like cricket does, particularly in cases of clearly wayward refereeing.
The headmaster finishes off by saying that poor refereeing, the oldest All Black excuse in the book, cost New Zealand the match…
Funny how when South Africa raised similar concerns about another bizarre match result there were idiots who thought it was because the Boks were poor…
That said, Wynne Barnes is a poor referee and (in spite of what certain All Black supporters in our Facebook page have said) he is no friend of South Africa.
The example made of Bryce Lawrence and Paddy ‘O Brien after RWC 2011 should be more transparent by the IRB instead of being done in a decent gentlemanly way. It should be made clear why these people have been fired rather than hiding it under a sheen of pretence of redeployment and retraining.