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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Multiple players suspended following Perpignan and Bayonne mass brawl

Multiple players suspended following Perpignan and Bayonne mass brawl

Five players have picked up suspensions for their part in a Top 14 mass brawl between Perpignan and Bayonne a few weeks back. Each club has been fined thousands of Euros for the fight, which included punches thrown after the final whistle at the Stade Aime Gira.

Remy Martin, Gregory Le Corvec, David Marty, and Aretz Iguiniz will all be relegated to the stands for the next month, following a decision from the LNR earlier tonight to suspend all give of them after they each were found to have thrown multiple punches.

It was a typically fierce tempered encounter between the two sides, as visitors Bayonne took to the pitch amidst a chorus of booing, perhaps setting the tone for what would be an occasion marred by violence.

Perpignan won the match 25-19, but yellow cards were dished out at regular intervals, with the worst of the fights taking place after the final whistle, with Le Corvec walking up to Martin and having a full go.

He will be out until April 22nd, while Martys case will be reclassified on April 12th. Bayonne flanker Jean-Jo Marmouyet also appears to have been suspended, with the same punishment as Marty. Aretz Iguiniz has been suspended for twenty days.

Perpignan meanwhile have been fined 7 000 euros, while Bayonne were handed a 12 000 euros fine, with the 5000 extra based on them being repeat offenders.

Time: 05:10

Posted by Rugbydump at 8:16 pm | View Comments (90)

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:01 pm

first. sorry always wanted to do this

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:04 pm

the Catalan number 6 should miss the rest of the season for that punch at the end imo.
From an early age we are taught to direct our aggression through the tackles/rucks/mauls and not waste our time with off the ball scuffles. They try to act all manly but a man doesn't let his team-mates and family down by getting sent-off, band and probably getting a pay-cut for the fine.

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:05 pm

Pathetic behavior

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Sjors March 23, 2011 9:06 pm

Does anyone know why Bayonne was boo-ed on the field? And let us know (via twitter maybe) why certain things happened, especially why Le Corvec went out to find trouble. Maybe something Martin said something?

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The Other Conor March 23, 2011 9:06 pm

Hummm kinda weird to see a big fight in the top 14 without Jamie Cudmore involved in it...that lad at the end that threw the punch after full time, Ban him ban him for 12months, fuck it ban him for life, that ISN'T our sport!

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:07 pm


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RedYeti March 23, 2011 9:09 pm

Don't know what Marty did to deserve that much attention throughout the game, but Le Corvec should have a much lengthier ban than the others for what is essentially an unprovoked assault. Once the game is over the regular laws of the land apply, no? Could possibly be tried for assault/attempted GBH with that ridiculous suck punch as Martin was looking the other way...

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:10 pm

No 6 in blue should be banned for life. No matter what the blonde hair did, there's no excuse for a completely blind sucker punch on a defenseless player especially AFTER the match has ended.

Blonde dude is fairly tough, took about 4 or 5 hard punches square in the face and stayed on his feet.

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Sjors March 23, 2011 9:10 pm

This is hard to accept as it being a real rugby match. I'm confused. A lot of why's raise in my head. I can't believe this actually happened during our beloved sport. Why?

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:11 pm

the perpignan blindside is a passionate passionate man

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:14 pm

Suppose we'll get the usual the French are always hard done by the citing commissioner!

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Coombes March 23, 2011 9:15 pm

It's funny to see always the same names linked to top14 agressions. U could write an "hall of shame" with
Le Corvec, Privat, Cudmore, Martin, Suta, etc...

pity that players like Le Corvec are more famous for their agressive actions than for their skills

as for Martin, his behaviour on the pitch may have cost him few international games

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:16 pm

typical french rugby

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Colombes March 23, 2011 9:16 pm

It's funny to see always the same names linked to top14 agressions. U could write an "hall of shame" with
Le Corvec, Privat, Cudmore, Martin, Suta, etc...

pity that players like Le Corvec are more famous for their agressive actions than for their skills

as for Martin, his behaviour on the pitch may have cost him few international games

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Andoni March 23, 2011 9:19 pm

To anon above

"typical french"

when someone begin his comment by "typical", generally it's always silly and ignorant

thx to have respect this tradition ;)

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Stephen March 23, 2011 9:28 pm

@Andoni, I hope you're only joking and are fully aware of the massive irony in your comment.

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:41 pm

What a shame four our sport! this arent men, simply kids with big bodies! grow up you morons!!!

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:43 pm

Well thats a great advert for our game..

blindside punch after the final whistle, disgusting

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:45 pm

Blue 13 was loving the cheap shots!

I was hoping someone was gonna knock him out, it was deserved.

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:51 pm

what did Remy Martin do? And why is Le Corvec only banned for a month..?!

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 9:55 pm

My understanding is that the french (maybe even broader latin) culture of rugby is diffrent from the anglo-saxon culture of rugby, behaviour like this is quite frequent in french lower divisions and come up from time to time in the higher leagues (Pro D2 and Top 14). The fact is that unfortunately these clubs have trouble adapting to the international scene when they play other European clubs and therefore get the impression that they are hard done by the citing comissionners... What is normal in France is abnormal and considered shameful in England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, SA, NZ etc... These fights are a proud part of the rugby culture between BO and Bayonne for example or in this case Bayonne and USAP... However, despite the fact I know this... I still can't stand this...

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WillieJohnMcBride March 23, 2011 10:00 pm

Pfft this isnt new to rugby - Back in the amateur era fights were part and parcel of the game. Didnt mean you wouldnt go for a drink with the same guy you punched in the face with earlier.

'99 Call ring a bell lads?

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 10:01 pm

I always call for some biff in games, personally I enjoy it and don't take much issue with it.

But fighting after the whistle, imo there's a monster difference and I don't tolerate it one bit. What happens in the previous 80 minutes should stay there.

Sucker punching someone after the game has ended, even if they're sledging, isn't on.

And to be perfectly honest you could get the cleanest club in world rugby, if one of their players was attacked like that after the whistle, they'd react.

I would happily see the player who threw that punch banned for atleast a year.

However, the occasional square-dance in the game itself, as I say I enjoy it.

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 10:01 pm

im sure i saw cudmore come on right of screen at the end in yellow shirt

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 10:06 pm

I don't know what the history is between those clubs but it just makes me tired to see them have a go at each other every single time they have the chance

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No.7 March 23, 2011 10:28 pm

YEAS!!! French rugby is back.... sorry i cant resist commenting before I've watched. Its been a long time since a couple French team beat the living daylights out of each other!

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No.7 March 23, 2011 10:45 pm

Hmmm, actually this was pretty nuts, even for the French..

Never expected that 'after the whistle sucker punch' that was very very out of order..

I have seen the match with the french hookers bashing each other in the sin bin...but they had heated words as they went off the pitch, but to walk up to someone after the whistle and hit them when their back is turned is very low...

Im suprised he hasnt been banned for a much longer time... I think the fact its after the game and on someone who is clearly not in an aggressive stance makes it completely wrong.

Im much like a couple comments above, I do like seeing a bit of a biff match but after the game :/ nope!

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 10:46 pm

When Martin comes off he gets a tap on the ass. I've never quite understood this, why is there a need to tap another players ass? I mean I've played 6,7,8 and 4,5 and I know the positions in scrums etc could be consider by those who dont play as 'queer,' whereas to those of us that play they are down to the best body positions.. but a tap on the ass...

I mean, well done for promoting the non homosexual side of the sport!!!

Its not like I dont have enough trouble trying to convince my GF im not playing a gay 'silly' sport without things like this happening!!

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Your Father March 23, 2011 10:49 pm

If you're genuinely offended by this your in the wrong sport and this is coming from an old boy.

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orange March 23, 2011 10:55 pm

What did they think it was, Pro D2??

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 11:06 pm

No problem with anything except a sucker punch after the whistle. When 80mins are up you go for a beer with the guy you have been don't blindside him like a football thug. Ban for life

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orange March 23, 2011 11:06 pm

"Its not like I dont have enough trouble trying to convince my GF im not playing a gay 'silly' sport without things like this happening!!"

Well, I'd think that says more about you than it does about other people. You ever learn about the birds and the bees?

Also, Le Corvec just showed himself to be a piece of shit.

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 11:17 pm

haha anon hit the nail on the head at 10:11 - number 6 IS a passionate passionate (PASSIONATE?)man??? what does that mean

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 11:32 pm

Some games need a good dust up, should only be one ban and thats the number 6.

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cp85 March 23, 2011 11:51 pm

Just as well Tuilagi wasn't playing. BOSH

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stirling March 24, 2011 12:10 am

le covec obviously should be reprimanded, forget the whistle, forget the game of rugby, anyone who blindsides someone like that deserves to be punished. this might soun extreme, but i think its up there with eye gouging in terms of cowardice. catalans 13 wasnt much better. first the high tackle (again from behind) after whistles gone, and then just standing behind a team mate, throwing a few cheap shots after the game. disgusting

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Jono March 24, 2011 1:50 am

Wow, the bad old days of French rugby!
A part of me enjoyed that.

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ReactorField March 24, 2011 1:51 am

If the French were only that aggressive on the battlefield.

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Max March 24, 2011 2:05 am

^^^^^^^ Gold!!

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Ned2or3 March 24, 2011 5:19 am

I thought I had stumbled onto the old Pro D2 vids but then I realised it must be Top 14 because the reserves didn't get involved.

I LOVE a good dust up in rugby, shows you are right on the edge (which some of us need to be) but the only thing lower than coming off the bench to fight is doing it after the whistle.

That bloke should get months not days as a suspension.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 5:59 am

a lot of hit and runs in those fights. If your gonna act hard atleast back it up by staying and going toe to toe.

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askdhfa March 24, 2011 7:03 am

How funny is that guy with the lollipop in his mouth at the end.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 7:45 am

what the hell is wrong with that number six? fcking up a game is one thing but fighting after the match is just not oke.. and hitting someone from behind after the whistle.. this guy should be hanged or something.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 8:41 am

Hot head Frogs!

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zacaria March 24, 2011 8:42 am

absolute shit, the whole thing

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jay March 24, 2011 8:56 am

LeCorvec : This guy has no talent... not even a good player and foremost a scared chicken.
Look at the last punch he threw at Cudmore his first reaction is to take a step away..
It's been going on for years and yet he got away with a lot of things.

This is the kind of guy that should be banned from Rugby...
Then again on the other side we had Martin who has somewhat the same profile... except that he's learned a bit through the years

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Axel March 24, 2011 9:36 am

Lecorvec, n6 is a bitch!! As marty a real pussy!!!!
Fuck catalunya

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RuFiO March 24, 2011 10:02 am

2 of the clubs "hardmen" going head to head, Le Corvec & Martin!!! Except Martin (as with recent weeks) is being much better behaved than his usual rowdy self (due to Club/Coach/League orders)!! Le Corvec on the other hand is still a tallentless thug punk bitch, hes not even very good @ fighting hence the cheapshots!! The French Top 14 League is clamping down big on this sort of behaviour!! I cant really see what Martin did & why he was singled out for "special" treatment!! Bayonne dont deserve anything as far as i can see, in court it would be a clear cut case of "self defence"!! As far as that little cheapshot prick Marty is concerned, typical back, hit someone bigger than them and then run & hide behind the forwards!! Mind it, on a second watch the whole Perpignan squad was @ it (cheap shots), just watch Robins Tchale-Watchou (Perpignan #5) on Martin @ the end (4:34), runs in, throws a cheapshot, then legs it!! What a bunch of Cowards

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 10:18 am

Yeah, played in France and the UK (at lower division) and France is definitely punchier.

"Yaourt" call, all in. Lost your ball on the scrum, all in

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Aymeric March 24, 2011 10:22 am

Even though Le Corvec's behavior is pathetic, you have to understand that rugby in southern France has a very different culture compared to the UK (as well as NZ, Aus and SA) or northern France.
It's been embraced by a popular class whereas it has mainly been played by bourgeois or aristocrats in the UK.
It's been often considered as a mean to express violence on a field rather than a sport of its own. In addition, the rivalry between the towns of southern France is stronger than anywhere else.
I think it should have disappeared or at list soften in the professional era but it sometimes resurfaces... it's kinda part of the rugby culture in southern France though...

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 10:27 am

What sort of behaviour is this?! this isn't football. Stop acting like a bunch of chavs, they should learn to re-direct their aggression legally. They guy that swung at remy at the end should be given a long long ban. Isn't that ABH surely?!

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 10:35 am

fights happen you bunch of pussies

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gf March 24, 2011 10:37 am

Bayonne scrum half dragging himself along the floor at 1.40 made me laugh..

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Ian M March 24, 2011 10:45 am

How come only black 7 went off for the first scuffle? It looked like six of one and half-a-dozen of the other from him and Le Corvec. If one of them got a card, the other should have too.

Disgraceful stuff at the end from whoever punched that guy in the back of the head to start it all.

And what were Bayonne wearing? It looked like bondage gear.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 10:56 am

It'll be fun to see Bakkies destroyed in Top 14 next season.

He only likes taking people from behind or when they're not looking, fingers crossed someone knocks him clean out like the pussy he is.

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Dof March 24, 2011 11:08 am

^ yeah because where he currently plays (Currie Cup, Super 15, and Tri Nations) is so much softer than rugby in France. Right.

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septi March 24, 2011 11:17 am

"Does anyone know why Bayonne was boo-ed on the field?"

Welcome to Perpignan, worst audience ever, beside Toulon.
They spend half the time supporting their team passionately (which is good), and and the other half boo-ing the opponent (can't stand that anymore...).

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 11:42 am

Its not like I dont have enough trouble trying to convince my GF im not playing a gay 'silly' sport without things like this happening!!


Alpha males slap asses. This can be found in any macho physical sport.

You sound like a bit of a closet hider, insecure about your sexuality. Not surprised your girl is suspicious ;)

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Greg March 24, 2011 12:02 pm

Le Corvec, the scum of the top14.
It's maybe 10 years that he gives cheap shots and coward punchs.

I mean every team have a "dirty" player: Munster have Quinlan, Toulouse have Lamboley, Safa's have brussow, England have Hartley...etc
But what prove Le Corvec at international level, nothin! He prefers to gain his popularity by the number of punchs than caps

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 12:27 pm

coombes you forget roncero in your list

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 12:33 pm

Greg.. Quinlan is not a dirty player. Granted he has done one or two retarded things in his career but he is not dirty.

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red March 24, 2011 12:52 pm

I'd disagree. I'm a Munster fan, but I'd say Quinlan could maybe be called "dirty". And by that, I mean that he's got the eye for cheating that back row players seem to have and he's got a bit of a agitating scrumhalf mentality where he tries to provoke other teams.

But I would not say is that he's a coward. He never really goes up and punches anyone in the back of the head like Corvec did here. He's also not typically overly-aggressive (ie - not especially looking for fights).

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Russell March 24, 2011 1:23 pm

agree with everyone else. The guy who sucker punched at the end deserves a heftier ban! you can do serious damage from behind when the person has no idea!

shows how much of a pussy he is that he can't knock someone out even with a sucker punch!

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Obre el Teu Cor March 24, 2011 1:40 pm

That's NOT Rugby...

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 2:37 pm

Lmao that final punch was savage! I think he should be banned for life for that, it has no place on the rugby pitch; I never thought I would see an attack like that in rugby.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 2:44 pm

Did the the blue 13 even get spoken to after that late cheapshot tackle?
Right in front of the touch judge. what a joke.

I dont mind Le Corvec fighting face to face in the game, but to punch some one from behind after the final whistle is outragoues. At least let Martin have a chance to hit you back. Coward...

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William Fleming March 24, 2011 2:56 pm

"and having a full go." Ha some great journalism there gave me a good chuckle at work.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 2:59 pm

Finally. A remedy for all those trolls and NH vs SH hate mongers!

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4LC4TR4Z March 24, 2011 5:15 pm

Bakkkiiiiiieeesss !

Diner is on the table !

*hmmpppfff* *hmmmppfff* *hhhmmpppff*

Come on Bakkies ! Be nice with our guests ! And our dear friend Jamie Cudmore will arrive soon !

*GgggRrrRrlLLlppMMmmFFF* *Grumpf *grumpf*

Oooohh... Okeeeeeee, you can eat'em, but one by one !



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Chief Financial Sham March 24, 2011 7:09 pm

that was beautiful , I think its something I missed about rugby.

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DEO March 24, 2011 7:18 pm

what a fantastic fight, so much passion ! fists are better than fingers in eyes and boots in balls

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 8:58 pm

Marty was hit by three separate Perpignan players post-whistle, all three cases outside of that stadium would be classed as assault

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The Frenchman March 24, 2011 9:10 pm

askdhfa said...
How funny is that guy with the lollipop in his mouth at the end.

"That guy with the lollipop" is Thomas Livremont, one of the coaches of Bayonne and also French coach Marc Livremont's younger brother. What is funny is that the Livremont family is from... Perpignan.

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Jono March 24, 2011 10:44 pm

It's just a punch up.

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Nathan March 24, 2011 11:31 pm

One month ban for Marty and one year for Le Corvec would be both totally justified. Don't know about Martin though...

I guess this is part of southern France rugby culture, but man, this is a pro match !

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Frenchy March 24, 2011 11:33 pm

The commentators mentioned that Martin & Le Corvec played in the same club Mont de Marsan before moving on to their new club...maybe they just can't stand each others?
I'm coming from the South West of France and i agree with Aymeric. Over there things can be very tensed, there's a lot of history between clubs, and some of them are know to be quiet "nasty"; i mean players, coaches, supporters. This is the derby mentality basically.
The best example is Toulon which has always been rough. There's a famous game (Toulon vs. Begles-Bordeaux) in 1991 where aggression between the 2 teams start in the tunnel, before the game has even started and go on for the entire 80 min.
During the minute of silence guys in the stands shout "Fuckers", "Go fuck yourself" Ridiculous!

Check this one:

Fight happens in rugby but here i'd blame the 3 ref for letting the fight escalate to 30 guys almost.

I disagree when some say it's typical. It was typical but not anymore.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 11:47 pm

Actually, i dont get why people believe that someone who doesnt appreciate bum slaps say is a closet homo...

I mean, if i dont like seeing two guys kissing does that make me gay? would you tap a guy on the ass in a pub? I know i wouldnt, im not bothered if someone gets a slap on the ass, i just dont see why its necessary to go for the ass.. why not a pat on the back?!? why physically aim to touch another mans bum??!

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Gman March 25, 2011 12:20 am

Le Corvec is a moron.

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Ned2or3 March 25, 2011 2:33 am

Can someone please give me the numbers of the guys who have been suspended. I knew who Martin was and worked out who Corvec was but which are the othe two??

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4LC4TR4Z March 25, 2011 6:39 am

@ Frenchy :
Hey... You...
Go play ping-pong.

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fry March 25, 2011 8:47 am

You guys talking about the "rivalries" between clubs from Southern France...forgive me, but aren't like 80-90% of the clubs in Top14 and Pro D2 from Southern France?

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Frenchy March 25, 2011 9:19 pm

@ 4LC4TR4Z

Hey... bonehead, where's your farm located?

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mat March 25, 2011 11:42 pm

what had martin 18-black done to provoke bayonne so much, he didn't deserve yellow for that push either, nor the first yellow shown on the clip where both player were just as bad and one is punished.
great to see the coach at the end dragging his player away! thats what players should do when their team-mates are being dickheads

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Anonymous March 26, 2011 12:34 am

The most disturbing thing about this is watching him stalk around to his blind side to punch him. He didn't even approach him like a man.

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Anonymous March 26, 2011 10:25 am

Marty try to play rugby!! You'll fight late..

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Flipje March 26, 2011 3:22 pm

@ 4LC4TR4Z

Hey... bonehead, where's your farm located?

I love that Southern linguistic folklore ;-)

I assumed he is from The village full of sailormen......:-) and eventually the one which greated with so much hospitality dear old Moscato (in your video).....

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Flipje March 26, 2011 3:36 pm

During the minute of silence guys in the stands shout "Fuckers", "Go fuck yourself" Ridiculous!

I thought the one shouting those gentled words to Moscato was....Califano, one of the most successfull prop in french rugby history, has a youth player or ball carrier?????

Can someone confirm/deny this please????

Anyhow Frenchie/Aymeric you guys are spot on with your comments.

LA guerre des clochets, the war bells, is typical from the south west of France, highligthed by the old rivalry Beziers/Begles/Narbonne et Toulon (80/90's) but where their roots are/(were?) found far more the small lost village from the south west....still wondering if this still true nowadays....

But still this does not excuse the poor image given by both team and especially Le Corvet / Martin....

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Frenchy March 26, 2011 11:45 pm

@ Flipje

i believe Califano was born in the region of Toulon but i have no clue if he was the one shouting during the game. I don't think he did, the voices we hear are the ones of grown ups, no?

Yeah, in this 1991 game there's not much rugby...

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4LC4TR4Z March 28, 2011 7:21 am

Califano is born toulonnais and learn rugby in Toulon academy, he is the young boy screaming during the minute of silence in the 1991 game.

He was 17 yo.

Blame him. Send him a twitter.


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Dr March 29, 2011 12:31 pm

There is NOTHING wrong with a punch up or two ... but EVERYONE knows, the instant the whistle goes you stop fighting and shake hands!
Only footballers fight after the whistle ... I hope this isnt more football culture coming into the game!!!

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