Watch: 'You ask for a yellow card, you get one!' Wayne Barnes scolds Ma'a Nonu with firm warning in heated Champions Cup match

Ma'a Nonu is renowned for looking like a wrecking ball on the rugby field but after a short chat with referee Wayne Barnes in last night's Champions Cup encounter, he resembled more a of scolded schoolboy.

Midway through the second half of Toulon's match against Scarlets, tempers were beginning to boil over as the Scarlets defence were penalised multiple times near their try-line.

It led to Barnes blowing his whistle to talk to Scarlets captain Ken Owens but before he could begin the conversation, Nonu interjected with his own opinion.

"That's a yellow ref!"

Barnes immediately dismissed Nonu so he could speak with Owens but warned him he would come back to him shortly.

After issuing a warning to Owens to talk to his team about their discipline, Barnes immediately called in Nonu for a quick telling-off and another warning.

"Let's make it really clear," Barnes started off.

"You come and ask for a yellow card, you'll get one. Understand?"

Nonu quickly agreed before muttering something under his breathe after Barnes walked off.

Scarlets went on to win the tight contest 30-27.


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Fiji Rugby launch bid to bring World Series to the Pacific: 'Rugby Sevens is our sport!'

The Fijian Rugby Union has officially launched a bid to host a leg of the World Sevens Series.

The small pacific nation has launched the "Fiji for 7s" campaign to bring the World Sevens Series to Fiji, recruiting national legend Waisale Serevi as the ambassador.

"Rugby Sevens is our sport," Serevi said.

An official ceremony was held in Suva where the star attraction was coach Ben Ryan. Source: 1 NEWS

"It's time to share our passion with the world and get behind Fiji Rugby's bid for a leg of the World Series Sevens. Now, more than ever, we need every Fiji Rugby Fan to help make this dream a reality."

The union is asking for fans to register at the campaign's website to show their support with the chance to win a trip to the Hong Kong Sevens as an incentive.

Fiji are the Olympic champions in men's rugby sevens after beating Great Britain 43-7 in the final at the 2016 Games held in Rio de Janeiro.

The Flying Fijians have also won two World Cups in 1997 and 2005 as well as three World Series.

Their latest World Series win was in the 2015-16 season.

Captain Osea Kolinisau and his Fiji team gear up for the Wellington Sevens as the reigning Olympic sevens champions. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Damian McKenzie targets first-five switch – 'It's going to be a big year'

Following the departure of Aaron Cruden to French club Montpellier, Chiefs star Damian McKenzie is targeting the number 10 jersey for both club and country.

McKenzie, 22, shone for both the All Blacks and the Chiefs from fullback in 2017, however is now targeting a playmaker role ahead of the new season.

"There's obviously an opportunity at the Chiefs to play 10, and that's where moving forward I'd obviously like to play," he said.

"It's an exciting year for me, and a new challenge, and one that I'm looking forward to."

"It's probably my preferred position, and it's going to be a big year."

With Aaron Cruden leaving the Chiefs, McKenzie will move from fullback to number 10. Source: 1 NEWS


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