Brian Moore: Referees care more about making friends than making right decisions

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By The Telegraph

Brian Moore: Referees care more about making friends than making right decisions

Monday, 30 September

Week two of the Rugby World Cup is done and dusted and it was hosts Japan who dominated both the front and back pages for their win over Ireland.

Fiji’s Olympic Gold Medal winning coach Ben Ryan is back in the studio alongside Brian to reflect on a big win for the host nation and what it means for the development of the game in Asia.

Oliver Trenchard was covering the game in Tokyo and he joins the show to discuss how the Japanese public have fallen in love with their rugby team after the win on Saturday morning.

Wales saw off a second half fightback from Australia to win what was arguably the best game of the competition so far. A jubilant former Wales and Lions Number Eight Scott Quinell joins the show to reflect on a big win for Warren Gatland’s side.

One man who was not happy with Wales victory was the Austrailia head coach Micheal Cheika, he accused the referees of being ‘spooked’ by rugby’s hierarchy. He’s not the first person to criticize the level of officiating at this year's tournament, World Rugby themselves says that there have been a number of mistakes made already. Former International referee Jonathan Kaplan is on hand to offer his insight into what’s gone right and wrong in the tournament so far and how it can be refereed better.

We also look ahead to England’s first match with Tier One opposition, they take on Argentina on Saturday morning. 

Plus Ben tells us all about Rugby X, an exciting new format of the game making its debut in London in October 

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