Steve Walsh takes charge of Wales v England - 16 March 2013
The England coaches have come out recently and said that referee Steve Walsh affected the result of their match against Wales on Saturday. After the players took defeat on the chin, as rugby players should, the decision of the coaches to come out in attack of the referee now is a little strange and certain to provoke controversy.
Going into the game many England fans worried how Walsh would affect proceedings. He has a history with England, having infamously clashed with former England fitness coach David Reddin in 2003. He has had to be taken off their games in the past, and his problems with alcohol and bans are well documented.
All of that said, he has actually refereed quite well this championship. When Ireland played France, in atrocious, monsoon-like conditions, he allowed the game to flow and it ended up being not a bad game. Contrast that to the penalty-laden, stop-start snooze-fest that was the Craig Joubert-ruled Scotland v Wales game the same weekend, and Walsh deserves some credit.