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Former referee Nigel Owens has known as for the officiating to turn into extra streamlined and believes that there are too many figures concerned in making selections.

Owens admitted that he was “glad” that he had retired after witnessing Bristol’s Josh Caulfield have his purple card rescinded for a rucking incident in opposition to Connacht.

However he desires adjustments to the present refereeing system. “You’ve got to have a look at the entire course of, not simply refereeing sanctions, that are principally appropriate, however the judiciary and citing course of that follows,” he wrote for WalesOnline.

“In the meanwhile, it’s spoiling the sport as a result of individuals simply don’t know what selections are going to be given.

“The difficulty I consider is that there are just too many individuals concerned in these selections… You might have the referees, assistant referees, TMO, referee coach, referee efficiency reviewer and referee supervisor, when you have a number of different individuals concerned within the judiciary course of too.

“For me, significantly on the skilled finish of the sport, all of it must be streamlined. In fact, it shouldn’t be the case that there turns into a dictatorship making these selections, however that streamlining must occur sooner relatively than later for consistency causes.

“Extra individuals concerned means extra inconsistency – and it’s that inconsistency that’s spoiling our recreation. One thing needs to be achieved.”

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