Tuesday 25 September 2018

War' over for Alain

Referee Alain Rolland. Picture: Ian Cook / SPORTSFILE
Referee Alain Rolland. Picture: Ian Cook / SPORTSFILE

WALES captain Sam Warburton will have no issues with Alain Rolland when the Irishman referees Saturday's Millennium Stadium clash against South Africa.

However, Warburton admits he does not know what kind of reception Rolland can expect from an anticipated capacity crowd.

Rolland controversially sent off Warburton during the 2011 World Cup semi-final against France in Auckland for a dangerous tackle on wing Vincent Clerc. They lost 9-8.

Rolland, who was subsequently vilified by sections of the Welsh public, has not refereed a Wales Test match involving Warburton in Cardiff since that tournament.

Asked what type of reception Rolland could get, Warburton said: "I don't know, really. I am not sure what it is going to be.

"For me, if it (World Cup red card) happened again now and I faced the same consequences, I would completely understand.

"I still agree with what he (Rolland) said. As far as the laws go, you have to do it from a health and safety perspective. What the fans think, I'm not sure. Whether they have forgotten about it or not, you might have to ask them."

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