Ooops…. I did it again…

Steve Walsh facing a yellow card
Monday 15th December 2008
New Zealand referee Steve Walsh is once again in trouble, this time for reportedly turning up drunk to a SANZAR refereeing conference.

The New Zealand Herald said that Walsh was reported to have turned up drunk for a morning session of the conference in Sydney earlier this month, whereupon he was asked to leave.

Later in the day, he returned to the conference, but was told not to attend the following day’s ‘referees only’ session.

Neither Walsh nor the NZRU has commented on the matter, with the union following protocol in not commenting on personnel disputes.

Walsh has twice been suspended in his career for verbal abuse of players, once with England coach Dave Reddin during the 2003 Rugby World Cup and once with Ireland wing Shane Horgan during the 2005 B&I Lions tour.

Walsh has also been subject of fitness concerns, missing out on June Tests and Tri-Nations appointments because of a lack of fitness and then pulling a hamstring ahead of his November matches.


(hat tip: BigJ)

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