WORLD CUP REFEREES: Meet the men in the middle

They’re the men rugby fans love to hate and some, like our very own John Aussie, take particular pleasure in ripping into them from the sidelines (which is why he’s not been allowed to write this piece).  But who are the men charged with refereeing matches at this year’s Rugby World Cup?  Red Rugby gives…

A Lion-sized let off…but you have to feel for Beale

Saturday 22nd June 2013.  I arrived at The Faltering Fullback, Finsbury Park, at 10am on the dot.  The place was already packed as white, green, navy blue and (predominantly) red shirted rugby folk scrummed-down for the last of the remaining chairs, tables, benches or lintels that would act as their seat for the next three…