Australian captain Michael Hooper presented French referee Romain Poite with a didgeridoo on his last game as an international referee on Sunday.
Scotland defeated Australia with a scoreline of 15 points to 13 at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was a cracking game of rugby and a significant one for both sides.
Australia have been one of the most improved sides over the last few months. Having suffered heavy defeats against the All Blacks, they came back strong to beat the Springboks and Pumas on two occasions.
Scotland appear to be in the midst of a building phase and will be increasingly dangerous. They have both England and France at home in the Six Nations and would be some people’s favourites to ultimately lift the trophy.
Following Scotland’s victory over Australia, the Aussie skipper Michael Hooper demonstrated his, and his team’s, enormous amount of respect for referee Romain Poite as he took charge of his final game.
Hooper presented Poite with a didgeridoo as a token of his respect, with the referee detailing just how much of a “privilege” it has been to officiate the Wallabies captain.
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The respect between players and officials is what sets rugby apart from other sports, football being one. This is a perfect example of it. Hats off to Hooper and the rest of the Australian squad.