Former Wallabies winger David Campese, known for his carefree approach to rugby, has slammed the current state of the game.

Campese told the Daily Mail Australia that Test matches have become stop-start affairs, with referees and television match officials (TMOs) ruining the game.

“It’s a farce,” Campese said.

“The officials believe they are the most important people on the field.” They believe it is about them, but it is not. It is all about the game. It’s all about the players and the fans.

Campese believes that spectators are being taken advantage of.

“People don’t pay to see a referee blow his whistle.” They go to watch a football game. They prefer tries to penalty goals. It’s heartbreaking. It’s a farce the way things are right now.

“I know I talk about the good old days a lot, but it’s difficult not to. I admit I’m an old fart, but I’ve always been outspoken, and I can’t say things are good if they aren’t.

“The game is being ruined by the TMO [television match official] and referees.”

Between 1982 and 1996, Campese appeared in 101 Tests for Australia.

Campese, known for his “goose step,” dotted down 64 times in his Test career.

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