Saturday, 20 March 2010
Were it not for Brian Boore, lawyer and commentator, and of course the result, I'd have enjoyed watching the England v France rugby match tonight. But why do the BBC have to employ the ex-England hooker to commentate? He's rugby's equivalent of Mr Boycott, only without the excuse of age. He spent the whole match complaining about the referee. 'It's not fair!' He sounded like a whingeing schoolboy. One of the pleasures of rugby is that you don't have a culture of arguing the toss with the ref. There's a healthy acceptance that refs are not biased and do their utmost to give fair decisions. So for the BBC to be party to undermining that culture is regrettable, to say the least. I have to admit that fellow commentator Eddie Butler did his best to moderate Brian, though he made the telling comment after half time that only 5% of what the boore had said about the referee during the break was repeatable on air. It was a tough attritional match, in soaking conditions, played with incredible commitment. Sad that we weren't allowed to enjoy it as such.