Stuart Dickinson has defended his controversial decision to disallow a try by Mark Cueto in the World Cup final.
Dickinson correctly ruled that the winger’s left foot had gone into touch, and photos have proven this was indeed the case. Had the try been awarded, England would have taken a 10-9 lead with 30 minutes to go.
Dickinson told The Guardian he was certain he made the right decision. “I’m 100% happy with the decision,” he said after reviewing footage of the incident with senior officials from the IRB.
“We looked at some footage of it late last night, and factually the decision is indisputable. Of course the players are disappointed. If they weren’t, you would be disappointed in them as elite athletes.”
Dickinson also rejected suggestions that his nationality had played a part in his decision.
“What’s being an Aussie got to do with it?” he said. “If you know the decision is correct and people are still upset, well, there’s nothing you can do about that, is there? Opinions are like bums, everyone’s got one.”