13 of the most baffling decisions in rugby in 2013

We’ve highlighted some of the most questionable decision-making in the game this year.

Warren Gatland dropping Brian O’Driscoll for the third Lions Test


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Dylan Hartley losing his cool in the Premiership final

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Kurtley Beale and James O’Connor going for a burger at 4am just three days before the second Lions Test


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This assistant ref should have gone to a well-known spectacle retailers

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Almost everything France did in the Six Nations


©INPHO/Colm O’Neill

Romain Poite yellow carding Bismarck du Plessis for this legitimate tackle

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Robbie Deans picking James O’Connor at 10, with Quade Cooper watching on at home


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Everything about this mess of a game between Stade Français and Bordeaux

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The English clubs’ insistence on ruining one of the the greatest club rugby tournaments in the world


©INPHO/James Crombie

James Horwill not copping a ban for this nasty-looking incident

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Munster’s mission to keep CJ Stander out of their first team


©INPHO/James Crombie

Lieghton Hodges sending a world-record five players to the sin bin in one game [some of Fiji's tackling is questionable too]

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Only three red cards being handed out after Pau and La Rochelle start the most serious brawling of the year

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What did you think was the most baffling decision of 2013? All suggestions are welcome, be they serious or tongue-in-cheek.

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