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Jim Mallinder

Jim Mallinder

Jim Mallinder

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder has entered the debate over Richard Cockerill's conduct at Welford Road on Saturday by declaring coaches have a duty to act responsibly on the touchline.

Cockerill has been criticised for using foul and abusive language towards referee assessor Brian Campsall during Leicester's Aviva Premiership semi-final victory over Saints. The Tigers director of rugby has since rejected the portrayal in the media of the way he and head coach Matt O'Connor voiced their opinion of referee Wayne Barnes' performance.

Mallinder, however, thrust Cockerill's behaviour back under the spotlight, and said: "To me, talking to the referee's assessor, shouting at the touch judge or gesturing to the referee actually won't make one little bit of difference."

He added: "To me it's about the clear directions I can give my players and also the people giving messages onto the field. That is how I go about my business.

"It's no different to talking about players losing control on the field.

"Keeping your cool is part of sport - one of the wonderful things about it.

"The beauty of it is being able to control your aggression and emotion."

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