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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Danny Care's great sportsmanship as Morgan Stoddart gets badly injured

Danny Care's great sportsmanship as Morgan Stoddart gets badly injured

Welsh back Morgan Stoddart will not be going to the World Cup following a severe leg injury he suffered on the weekend. If any positive can be found in such a horrible incident, it was the way that the players around him reacted.

Stoddart broke his leg in two places as he was tackled by Delon Armitage during England's win at Twickenham on Saturday. While there were no replays shown at the time, and we've chosen not to include one here, the way that Danny Care in particular reacted should be commended.

You can see in the clip that England had good turnover ball, and while Care had the option to fling it out and only then attempt to get hold of medics to help Stoddart, he instead alerted referee Steve Walsh to the situation immediately, and chose not to make the pass. It was a small gesture, but a genuine mark of true sportsmanship that should not go unnoticed.

Wales' Jamie Roberts, another class act, clearly appreciated it as he tweeted after the game "Great sportsmanship from Danny Care, great to see."

Care, being the good man he is, played down the incident, saying "Anybody would have stopped the play." He added "It's such a sad way to get injured but thats the sport we are in."

Roberts went on to say that they will be playing for Stoddart this coming weekend, as they were all affected by what happened and are devastated for the Scarlets flyer.

"Losing to England is always heartbreaking but the biggest thing for me, and Im sure I speak on behalf of all of the players, is Morgan Stoddart breaking his leg. People talk about these games and staying injury-free but unfortunately for Morgan hes certainly pulled the short straw.

"It is bitter-sweet for him as he was playing well and looked very sharp," he added.

At this time of year, it's inevitable that players will get injured in the lead up to the World Cup. Stoddart looks to be the first unfortunately casualty, a side-effect of playing the game.

"It's the harsh reality, players have got to play, going to a World Cup. The medics do everything they can to keep them in one piece. It's not nice to see something like that," said Martin Johnson.

Stoddart's subsequent operation was successful, and he will return home to the Scarlets to begin a rehabilitation program, with his time out of the game uncertain at this stage.

The video below shows both the injury in real time, and the way that Care handled the incident. If you'd like to leave a message of support for Morgan as a comment below, I'm sure we can make a plan for him to read them at some stage.

Time: 01:21

Posted at 12:49 pm | 78 comments

Posted in See it to Believe it

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 1:23 pm

damn. good boy danny

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 1:29 pm

Gute besserung !

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 1:33 pm

Also Matt Banahan deserves a mention for telling the ref to stop time. Surely Steve Walsh realised that Stoddart was badly injured and he should not have to rely on the players to see that. Stoddart was banging the ground in agony for gods sake!

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Bobby Nations August 09, 2011 1:33 pm

Great sportsmanship on Care's part, no doubt.

I'm curious about what the law says in such a situation. Do they determine the restart and put-in? Or did the ref wing it, so to speak?

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 1:33 pm

Best of luck to Morgan on his recovery. The Irish fans were witness to a similar incident to Geordan Murphy in the lead up to a previous world cup. no doubt fairly gut wrenching for such an injury to occur before the rugby world cup but I'm sure he'll be back in the red of Llanelli and then Wales soon enough !

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Bobby Nations August 09, 2011 1:36 pm

If only Hape had supported Banahan to the inside, then Stoddart would have never intercepted in the first place. England seriously need a better 12. Perhaps Wilkinson?

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 1:37 pm

Gutted for morgan, he plays the brand of rugby that any welsh or neutral fan loves to watch and will be a loss, all the best for your recovery mate. Good lad Danny great to see, IMO the only 9 really in the running to start in this tournament for england

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Anton August 09, 2011 1:37 pm

Not sure he would have done the same in a RWC final, however, in this situation, fair play to him.

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 1:37 pm

gutted for stoddart he was coming into some top class form, hope the rehab goes well and look forward to seeing you on the international pitch asap

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moddeur August 09, 2011 1:38 pm

When the referee stops play for a player injury, it's a scrum for the team that last had possession.

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Colombes August 09, 2011 1:38 pm

Sad to watch that type of injury as it happened in a very unfortunate way..
Hope that most of players will be fit for the event, as england, australia and France have many players recovering of injuries

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Eric August 09, 2011 1:38 pm

0:10" you can see the injury, its nasty!! Best of lucks to morgan stoddart in his recovery!!

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Rob August 09, 2011 1:42 pm

Was at the England v South Africa women's match in Ontario on Friday and England wing Michaela Staniford did something similar. SA player was hurt and on her back so she checked her, rolled her over and called for a medic. Classy people, we rugby types!

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AkaRed August 09, 2011 1:43 pm

@ Bobby Nations It would be a scrum to the team in possession or the team going forward. Which would be England in this case.

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RD August 09, 2011 1:46 pm

Yes, I meant to mention Matt Banahan too. He also showed genuine concern.

Very sad injury, especially so close to the RWC.

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I hate ppl who write August 09, 2011 1:49 pm

"Not sure he would have done the same in a RWC final, however, in this situation, fair play to him"...to be fair I don't think anyone would. It's the difference between a 'friendly' and non-friendly I guess.

As for the ref, I don't think he stopped the clock just because Banahan told him, would like to give him the benefit of the doubt there.

All the best to Morgan, always especially tough when it's in a run up to the world cup, poor fella

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pigpen August 09, 2011 1:50 pm

Fair play to Danny.

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 1:51 pm

if anyone is interested here is a slow motion focussing on the injury
disclaimer: very nasty
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOPbbrJm_Ng&feature=related
i also agree that england need a better 12 and think jonny would be perfectly suited. having two playmakers could actually make england a little unpredictable for once and thus there attack might get going

View Video

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Von August 09, 2011 1:58 pm

Bobby Nations said...
If only Hape had supported Banahan to the inside, then Stoddart would have never intercepted in the first place. England seriously need a better 12. Perhaps Wilkinson?


Flutey, not Hape. But I agree with the idea of getting Wilkinson to play inside centre. Not sure he agrees, but I really think Flood-Wilko-Tuilagi would be a quality midfield!

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Von August 09, 2011 2:00 pm

Great sportsmanship, well done.

But, how late was he arriving at that ruck!?!?

Had a very good game overall though I thought.

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 2:03 pm

I think everyone can agree to that being a great piece of sportsmanship.

Poor Stoddart had a real should for a starting XV place come WC, seeing as I believe Byrne has his head up his ass and has been in poor form for at least 2 years.

As for Wilko at 12, that could become a real concern for opposing teams, I felt he won England the game due to sheer experience and knowing when to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Both teams had a relatively strong defensive display, and the tries came from slight lapses.

I will conclude with that I felt Wales had the better fitness of the two teams, but by the end Jonny had done enough for the win.

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Von August 09, 2011 2:04 pm

Anonymous said...
Also Matt Banahan deserves a mention for telling the ref to stop time.


I don't see why.

Pleased that you drew attention to him though, if you watch again it looks like Banahan thinks they're stopping for Bennett (hooker), who's just had a slight knock.

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Von August 09, 2011 2:07 pm

How come Brian Moore and Eddie Butler are commentating on this? It wasn't on BBC - I had to go to the bloody pub to watch this. No great hardship of course but a bit of a pain in the arse.

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Von August 09, 2011 2:14 pm

Excuse my 4:04 comment. Just watched again - looks like Bennett must be telling Banahan about Stoddart's injury.

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Guy August 09, 2011 2:14 pm

Sorry for Stoddart, hope he gets well soon. Nice piece of defending by him there, by the way...

Danny: well done! Every now and then you can count on a player to show the rest of the world why rugby is so much better than any other sport.

As for the people saying he would not have done that in a final: as a true, maybe little naive, Rugby Aficionado I choose to believe he would have done the same. Just hoping such a terrible thing will not happen in the final though...

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 2:27 pm

Good sportsmanship from both Danny and Matt. Well done!

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 2:37 pm

Awful injury, hope he gets to play some in the upcoming season.
However the thought that crossed my mind was when Miles Harrison announced that sky would not show a replay, the thought of everyone around the country with access to Sky+ rewinding to the injury...

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Jeremy August 09, 2011 2:39 pm

Damn. To miss out on the World Cup is just bloody awful. Don't know what else to say. Good luck Stoddart, and good form Care.

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johnboy161 August 09, 2011 3:19 pm

Best of luck Morgan. People come back from these type of injuries all the time - Henrick Larsson did so, and went on to win the Champions League. Stay strong brother. Regards from Scotland

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 3:32 pm

also mention the english physio who went on to help.

almost as good as DR Robson the scottish and lions team doctor he'd have been flying in there before care made it.

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 3:50 pm

its nice to see some good media surrounding english people go out in times like these. with the olympics coming up we need to change the opinions of our society after the thuggish behaviour in england. if more people were like care then we could sort this mess out

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 3:59 pm

Best of luck for Morgan's recovery. I will be looking forward to his return.

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Robpugh August 09, 2011 4:03 pm

el tigre? serious frail welsh players :L lewis moody went off m8 :L u cnt handle us either lad hah
And definatley all the best to Morgan, Class player should be starting at 15 instead of byrne imo

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 4:27 pm

ElTigre... i hope you burn in hell, i really do

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 4:36 pm

Must be sickening for the chap, hope the recovery is a quick as possible and he's back doing what he loves.

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 5:18 pm

someone correct me if I'm wrong,but the last time I remember Wilkinson playing at 12 was the first test of the 2005 Lions series against the All Blacks,with Stephen Jones inside him at 10,and that experiment didn't work out very well at all

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 5:19 pm

someone correct me if I'm wrong,but the last time I remember Wilkinson playing at 12 was the first test of the 2005 Lions series against the All Blacks,with Stephen Jones inside him at 10,and that experiment didn't work out very well at all

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 5:28 pm

Care takes so long getting the ball out I'm not sure the break in play made any difference...........

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 5:31 pm

Horrible injury. Made worse by the stadium announcer calling him Matthew, not Morgan.
Nice bit of sportsmanship from Care there. I take my hat off to you, sir.

Here's to a full and speedy recovery!

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 5:35 pm

Those types of injuries make my balls tingle in the worst possible way :(
Get well soon!
I really hope that there are no more injuries as this RWC promises to be a cracker and allegiances aside, I want the best players to be on show.

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 6:12 pm

danny cares...

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 6:52 pm

Nice to see.

Note the sly grab of the ass by Steve Walsh...

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 6:54 pm

Horrible injury. Even worse considering how much potential Stoddart has. I consider Stoddart and Brew the two best wingers in Wales with North close behind.

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 6:55 pm

When a player is like that and the ref fails to see it (Walsh really should have done a better job here), the medical staff really should intervene. Some things are more important than the game.

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 7:00 pm

It's good to see Banahan patting Rees on the back and helping him up, as well as Care and Banahan telling the ref to stop the game. Hope Stoddart all the best. As well as being a fantastic player already with plenty of potential left, he is very entertaining to watch. Hope to see him back soon.

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 7:12 pm

Get well soon Morgan, no doubt you'll be back with avengance!

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Will Snowball August 09, 2011 7:55 pm

absolutely gutted for stoddart. Quality player and had a great oppurtunity to grab the 15 shirt for wales. hate to see anyone injured in such a fashion.

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 8:22 pm

Ha! "Danny Cares". He should open a law firm when he retires from rugby

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 8:47 pm

when i watched the game, the ref was yelling play on, but care was like no look he is hurt damn it. good lad

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 10:08 pm

That's because Steve Walsh is an asshole and a terrible referee. He didn't stop play when this happened until he was told to by players and he was confrontational and arrogant as always with the players.

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 10:32 pm

Hope Stoddart recovers quickly.

Good sportsmanship from danny, a little prouder to be English again after watching all the chav's rioting on the news...

Maybe thats why there has been a drop of english troying on this site.. haha a silver lining after all

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Anonymous August 09, 2011 11:15 pm

or maybe walsh didnt realise the severity of the injury......

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Anonymous August 10, 2011 12:02 am

Walsh can barely tell what time it is let alone the extent of an injury. ;)

*Glug glug glug*

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Ned2or3 August 10, 2011 12:43 am

Anon above..

Steve Walsh and alcohol jokes are a bit low seeing as he has recovered from his problem...

I actually find him to be e very good ref with a bit of character. Stoddart was out of play, obviously hurt but not obvious that it was that bad and so the laws are "play on". Its not his fault he ahd to have care tell him.

Very proud of Care as a rugby person.

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Anonymous August 10, 2011 1:30 am

Im with Ned on this one... Stoddart was not say lying on the ball obviously injured... he fell as if he was tackled and injured...

Someone said he was pounding the floor in pain... where did this happen??? i didnt see any indication of this....

I personally think from OUR angle we can't see that stoddart is significantly injured and we have an elevated view... walsh is lower and therefore his view is worse...

I think good on care for drawing attention, but perhaps it took walsh a second to realise what care was on about...

I don't blame walsh for this, and as with ned i find the guy is a bit of a relief... i mean he doesnt seem willing to send people to the bin or off for minimal offences, which sadly seems to be a trait most other refs posess... there is too many cards... i remember walsh givng the old "im watching you" signal and then telling someone off for throwing punches.. im not saying this should be a bloodthirsty sport but giving a bit of leeway does help the sport flow better...

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Anonymous August 10, 2011 1:38 am

^^^^ Yeh, EXACTLY, NZ have been getting away with cheating on every occasion so now instead of catching them out we have referees like walsh who lets everyone get away with murder!

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Algonquin Alumni Rug August 10, 2011 3:42 am

tough break. never good to see but morgans tough he'll pull through

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Fergal O'Connor August 10, 2011 4:03 am

Best to you Morgan, in Life we never know when moments like these can occur. May you heal quickly, may you come back stronger, May you find the Gift in the crisis and know that people are supporting you every step of the way.

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M August 10, 2011 7:35 am

Butler and moore were commentating on the highlights on bbc3.

I also noticed walsh screaming play on play on. Can't say i rate the guy as a ref

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Anonymous August 10, 2011 7:37 am

Danny Cares.

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davihrabal August 10, 2011 8:15 am

Got to be strong!! Get well soon!! Best and kind regards from brazilian rugby!!!

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paper_tiger August 10, 2011 8:23 am

Pob lwc Morgan.

Gobeithio weld ti nol yn chwarae yn lliw coch Cymru a'r Scarlets cyn bo hir.

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edbok August 10, 2011 10:32 am

Good on Danny Care and the other players who figured he was badly injured, and I think the criticisms being levelled at Steve Walsh are totally misplaced.

He's not my favourite ref, but I thought he did okay on Saturday, and he did nothing wrong in this incident. It's pretty normal for refs to allow play to continue when there's a player who's gone down injured - no-one wants rugby to turn into soccer - and when it is more serious, players often do what Danny Care did here.

Not on the same scale, but I remember Jason Robinson's hamstring went playing SA, and basically he was allowed to go down, no-one piled on, and play continued. And you see sportsmanship of this sort every year, whether it's props taking off the pressure when a scrum goes down awkwardly, or a nasty break like this one.

There's good spirit still in this game, glad to see RD recognise it. And best wishes to Stoddart on his recovery, just real, real bad luck to get injured right before a world cup.

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Savage August 10, 2011 1:21 pm

@paper_tiger

I agree. I recon he's the kind of guy that will be back as soon as humanly possible, Scarlets will miss him!

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Anonymous August 10, 2011 1:23 pm

Hope Morgan comes back as soon as possible from this, best of luck to the lad he played as junior with my local team and was well liked there.

Care did what anyone witnessing that kind of incident should do. The ref on the day was less than alert to a lot of things that went on so he perhaps needed the players help.

Good choice not to show the injury as it happened though some ghoul below has chosen to place a Youtube link .People who need to see that kind of thing in slo-mo are like "rubberneckers" at car accidents and need to get a a life.

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Anonymous August 10, 2011 1:40 pm

Hmmmm, I'm surprised danny care didnt poke stoddart in the bottom....

Oh yeh, he isn't a New Zealander...

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Anonymous August 10, 2011 5:03 pm

is it just me or is this story better because Danny Care's name seems to fit the situation.....

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Anonymous August 10, 2011 6:13 pm

Hope to see you back on the field soon, Morgan!

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Anonymous August 11, 2011 1:22 am

Fair play.

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Anonymous August 11, 2011 5:09 am

To all NZ haters, may I remind you of the act Tana Umaga showed to a Welsh player a few years ago when he was knocked out in a tackle, Umaga stopped and took out his mouth guard so he wouldn't choke to death...

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brel August 11, 2011 5:36 am

Anonymous said...
Yeh, EXACTLY, NZ have been getting away with cheating on every occasion so now instead of catching them out we have referees like walsh who lets everyone get away with murder!

Ignorance and whining, classy stuff!

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Anonymous August 11, 2011 12:37 pm

walsh and danny feel the need to hug eachother? and walsh pats dannys backside? whats with the but pirates?

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Anonymous August 11, 2011 4:25 pm

^ has walsh got any or many ties with new zealand? might explain the bum action, maybe he tried to get a little poke in there ;)

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SmellyNerfherder August 12, 2011 2:04 pm

Such a loss. He was playing such exciting rugby in every position. Thoughts and prayers coming from east of the border.

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Anonymous August 15, 2011 12:21 pm

well done care. Good luck for stoddart

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Zakalwe September 07, 2011 1:40 pm

ironically, Care's missing the RWC too now....

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Roger September 11, 2011 9:41 pm

Well done, Mr. Care!

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Guest October 05, 2011 11:28 am

The ball, i believe, is deemed, unplayable therefore the restart/put in is awarded to the team going forward

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