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“Absolute legend” – Former England captain comes out of rugby retirement to referee local team

Former England captain and centre-back Phil de Glanville was spotted back on the rugby field at the weekend, refereeing a rugby club match.

Famous for his exceptional skills as a centre-forward, de Glanville has 38 caps for England, holding the captain’s armband from 1996 to 1997.

He played a key role in England’s 1995 Rugby World Cup campaign and had a successful club career with Bath Rugby.

In addition to rugby, de Glanville also ventured into business and sports administration, demonstrating his leadership abilities both on and off the field.

Old Sulians RFC wrote on Twitter: “Not only did former England captain Phil De Glanville introduce us today, he also wore a vintage Bath shirt. Love it.”

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Nigel Owen’s rule changes for 2024:

#first. TMO less

Owen wrote: “We should aim for good performances to create conditions for good matches. In my opinion, perfection has become the enemy of good because people always strive for unattainable standards. An annoying over-reliance on TMO is one of the results of the fear of making mistakes.

“Pressure is being exerted on referees by spectators, social media users, coaches, players, performance evaluators and referee managers. That’s a lot of people scrutinizing everything. I think we need to take a step back and make sure we pick out the important things.”

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