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Rugby stars have been dubbed the most hated person in a country.

by Saba Gulmagarashvili

After receiving many honours over the years, this group is probably still unwelcome.

Wayne Barnes – New Zealand, 2007

Barnes’ effort in the 2007 RWC quarter-final versus France has left a lasting impression on many Kiwis. In the build-up to a France try, Barnes dropped a clear forward pass from Damien Traille to Freddie Michalak. It resulted in the All Blacks’ earliest ever World Cup exit, and Barnes was dubbed New Zealand’s most despised man.

Meet rugby referee Wayne Barnes - Rugby World

Mike Brown – Wales, 2016

The fullback, in his own words, is a’marmite player,’ with fans either liking or hating him. The classic mould for an England No15 is a skinhead who relishes confrontation.

Mike Brown hails England's resilience | PlanetRugby

Craig Joubert – Scotland, 2015

When Joubert erroneously awarded Australia a late penalty, the Wallabies were on the other side of the field.

The play should have resulted in a scrum feed for the Wallabies, but instead Bernard Foley kicked the goal and Australia advanced to the semi-finals with a 35-34 victory.

I still don’t believe the South African will be let into Scotland, with some fans claiming he’s still evading Stuart Hogg.

Referee Joubert retires to take'dream' job | eNCA

Jonny Wilkinson – Australia, 2003

Let’s just say they were upset at their team’s loss in the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Jonny Wilkinson:'It took a few years for the pressure to really build. And then it exploded' | Jonny Wilkinson | The Guardian

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