No resentment towards Barnes from NZ

Date published: September 15 2015

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All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has dismissed suggestions that his side are still upset over English referee Wayne Barnes' officiating at the 2007 World Cup.

New Zealand's exit at the quarter-final stage of that World Cup – after a loss to France – was their worst showing yet at the global showpiece and Barnes was subjected to a nation's wrath following his controversial refereeing performance in that encounter.

Barnes has been appointed as the referee for the All Blacks' opening pool match against Argentina at Wembley Stadium on September 21.

McCaw said the All Blacks have moved on and harbour no ill-feeling towards Barnes.

"If you keep looking at other people for their mistakes to cover up your problems then you are in trouble," said McCaw.

"From a player's point of view I just knew we hadn't played good enough. I have had quite a lot to do with Wayne since then and he is a top bloke. 

"He does it for the right reasons and that's all you want from the fellow in the middle."

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