England captain Owen Farrell has come in for some criticism for how he dealt with referee Pascal Gauzere during their Six Nations defeat to Wales in round three.
Farrell has been criticised for both his dealings with referee Pascal Gauzere and his post-match interviews.
Former test referee, Nigel Owens has since came out to bat for the England playmaker in his column for the Daily Mail.
"People need to stop having a go at Owen Farrell," wrote Owens.
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"There are a lot of other captains who are in the referee’s ear. It is the captain’s job to challenge the referee if he feels his side is getting hard done by, if he feels they are being punished at the offside line but the opposition aren’t.
"What is important is that it is done in the right manner.
"Owen always did that with me. I have seen other games where he has been in the referee’s ear at the wrong times and that he may need to address.
"That is also down to the referee to deal with it and stop it happening."