News just in that Steve “look at me” Walsh isn’t slotted to ref any of the opening four rounds of the Super 14, owing to “a personal employment matter.” Apparently this is related to an incident in Sydney last month when Steve turned up to the morning session of a SANZAR conference off his face.
One thing this does explain is Walsh’s bizarre list of past misdemeanors; he’s been permanently pissed. It also gives me a whole new appreciation for the fella – you try reffing a super 14 game with 10 pints on board.
I found the clip below of Steve getting testy with a seth efriken TMO a couple of years ago. You can tell he’s a pro – no hint of slurring at all.