It is time now that World Rugby put on their big-boy pants and do actually what they are suppose to do and manage the game of rugby.
Rugby as a whole is struggling at the moment with supporters getting tired of the circus that is going on in the game.
Today alone we saw in three test matches 5 yellow cards and 1 red card in three test matches.
The problem in most cases is that these cards are spoiling the game which fans pay allot of money to watch at the stadiums and at home.
The problem is not the referees giving the cards but the law that force them to dish out these cards.
The red card in the All Blacks v France test was the right decision by the referee. Barrett was played in the air and he fell on his shoulder/head.
The problem is like with all red cards in the game, took the contest out of what suppose to be a brilliant match.
Now my problem is why World Rugby cannot make some simple changes to the game?
For instance, if a player receive a red card then send him off but a simple solution will be to replace him after ten minutes with a replacement player.
This will keep the game a contest which is something fans, players and coaches wanted.
In the Australia v Ireland game the Aussies we saw another problem within the rules of the game.
The Aussies got a penalty try for the Irish collapsing, it was a fair call from the referee. The problem here is that the referee must then give a yellow card for the player as well.
Why punish the defending team twice. Is the penalty try not a punishment enough?
Beside these two examples most of the cards are been given out by referees but it is nowhere consistent from match to match or sometimes even in the same match.
The standard of refereeing this whole season has been poor and not just in our Super Rugby but also up north.
Stadiums are running empty and if World Rugby think that fans will keep on supporting mediocre performances by referees, they are in for a huge surprise.
This needs to be addressed now and changes need to be made before next years world cup.