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Rugby: Northampton Saints chief Chris Boyd banned for two games after criticizing a referee

Northampton Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd banned from two games after saying referee Adam Leal ‘didn’t have enough nuts’ in Gallagher Premiership’s recent defeat to Saracens

  • Chris Boyd misses Northampton Saints games against Ulster and Racing 92
  • The New Zealander criticized referee Adam Leal in a 30-6 defeat to Saracens
  • Boyd, 63, will leave his role as rugby director at Saints . at the end of the season
  • He’s been told to talk to a local rugby club about respect for umpires











Northampton Saints rugby director Chris Boyd will miss his team’s next two Heineken Champions Cup matches after being accused of conduct detrimental to the interests of the game.

After seeing his side defeated 30-6 by Saracens in their Gallagher Premiership game at Franklin’s Gardens on January 2, Boyd struck at umpire Adam Leal.

The New Zealander – who will leave his role at Saints at the end of the season, as first revealed by sports post – criticized Leal’s handling of the scrum.

Chris Boyd steps down as Northampton Saints rugby director at the end of the season

Chris Boyd steps down as Northampton Saints rugby director at the end of the season

Boyd said Leal “didn’t have enough nuts” to punish Saracens on stage.

An independent Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel has charged Boyd under RFU Rule 5.12 regarding comments about the Official Match Director after matches.

He will now have to sit out Northampton’s European home game with Ulster on Sunday, as well as the trip to French giants Racing 92 seven days later.

Boyd’s suspension means that the 63-year-old will be suspended from all coaching duties on matchday, although he will be able to attend the games as a spectator.

Boyd said referee Adam Leal 'didn't have enough nuts' to punish Saracens in the scrum

Boyd said referee Adam Leal ‘didn’t have enough nuts’ to punish Saracens in the scrum

RFU panel chair Martin Picton said: “Chris Boyd accepted the charges.

“The panel concluded that the violation should be treated as a violation of the authority of a match official and rejected the entry. Chris Boyd’s words were to be categorized as verbal abuse against the referee.

“However, the panel felt that, as a case of disrespect, it should be placed within the mid-range of the entrance, given the nature of the words used, the number of journalists present, the inevitability that Mr Boyd’s comment widely reported, the potential impact on the umpire and his position in the rugby community combined with the importance of upholding the core values ​​of the game.

Northampton Saints were defeated 30-6 by Saracens on January 2 at Franklin's Gardens

Northampton Saints were defeated 30-6 by Saracens on January 2 at Franklin’s Gardens

“However, the panel held that Mr Boyd was entitled to the full available reduced sentence in light of his acceptance of the charges, his clear and genuine regret at his choice of words coupled with his apology which he expressed directly to the referee in question. , even before the potential for a misconduct charge was raised, the impressive character material submitted in support and his impeccable discipline record.

As a result, the panel ordered a two-match suspension from all coaching duties on the day of match, but also that Mr Boyd was required to present to playing and non-playing members of the club about the need for respect for match officials and that he would be given a second present to a school or local rugby club of his choice to spread the same message on a grassroots level.’

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