Dwyer’s bias comments upset Paddy O’Brien
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 6:44p.m.
The International Rugby Board’s New Zealand head of refereeing Paddy O'Brien is considering legal action and wants a public apology from former Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer after Dwyer accused O'Brien of bias toward the All Blacks.
Dwyer says O'Brien only raises concerns with the performance of his match officials if it favours New Zealand like he did after the All Blacks scrum was hammered by Italy in Milan last year.
For the record the All Blacks have been penalised 34 times in their three Tri-Nations tests, South Africa 24 times and Australia 18 times in their two tests.
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17/10/2010 6:06:02 a.m.
The informed debate is not if Paddy O'Brien is corrupt, but if he will do time in prison for being so corrupt. That's right. Prison. Paddy is bent enoigh to merit time behind bars - Hansie Cronje, Lester Piggot, Pakistan Cricket Team, that's his end of the moral spectrum. I dislike being emotive but have to say this is warranted.
6/08/2010 4:20:18 p.m.
Paddy O'Brien was never noted for his consistency nor impartiality while he was a referee and it would seem that he has carried the same flaws into his present position. How he ever got the job is a mystery to the vast majority of rugby fans. I think the claims that he is biased toward the ABs and NZ Super14 sides are completely justified and I would add to those the comment that he is definitely biased against the Boks and SA Super14 sides.
6/08/2010 11:18:25 a.m.
Of cousre he is biased. There is no consistency, if there was the ref who sent Danie Rossouw of in the second test, SA v AB,would have been disciplined as well as there was clearly no need for a yellow.
6/08/2010 9:06:18 a.m.
Paddy o'Brian is upset that his integrity is being questioned? It never existed in the first place! A few years ago he accidentally sent an e-mail intended to other refs with the same cheating bias to SARU in South Africa exposing for the corrupt individual he is.What we are seeing from him is blatant double standards when dealing with reffing inconsistencies and also when and how he chooses to publically humiliate officiators.World rugby will be better off if the IRB booted him out all together.
6/08/2010 4:14:15 a.m.
Bob Dwyer is one hundred percent correct. Paddy O'Brein and his Irish cronies are blatant corrupt cheats. The viewers and spectators watch rugby with the expectation of experiencing a clash of strength, agility, skill etc. regardless of who ends as victors. Paddy O'Brein seems to think that the public lack knowledge of the rules of game. Little does he know that the game is still enjoyed and supported by ex-players, coaches and referees. At one stage in my career, I was privileged to be mentored by the former All Black coach, Alex "Grizz" Wyllie, thus it is with insult that one has to hear Paddy O'Brein praise the blatant cheating of the Irish referee trio. I furthermore cannot think that the New Zealanders, being such a proud rugby playing nation, share Paddy O'Brein's blatant cheating appraisals of the cheating Irish trio. New Zealand is too good a team to be associated with Paddy O'Breins cheating approvals. Rugby is a game played by gentlemen against gentlemen to test true sportsmanship and to establish a mutual bond and friendship, lets keep the Paddy O'Brein's and his Irish cronies out of this league of gentlemen.All we ask for is a honest and hard game where we either win or lose humbly and commend the referee with consistency and honesty. This seems to be too tall an order for the likes of Paddy O'Brein and his Irish cronies.
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