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There is no such thing as a quiet scrum-half, certainly not at Test level, but Italy No9 Stephen Varney went a step too far for referee Matthew Carley’s liking on Sunday against France.
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To be fair to the Gloucester No9, his side were within touching distance of a shock victory over the 2022 Grand Slam winners in Rome when he felt a French player was on the wrong side of the ruck. Italy were leading 24-22 at that point with 17 minutes remaining. However, Carley was having none of it.
The referee warned Italy captain Michele Lamaro not to trap players on the wrong side of the ruck, before turning to Varney and bluntly saying “please stop shouting.”