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Romain Taofifenua banned for three weeks for kicking Stuart Olding in the head

So what is essentially being said by the IRB is that if you're playing within the laws and accidentally injure somebody then you deserve a 3 week ban.
The sooner this nonsense gets stopped the better in my opinion, the whole thing has gone beyond a joke.

How about a system whereby if a club feels foul play has been committed on their player during a game they can refer the incident to be investigated, as opposed to somebody sniffing around for an excuse to justify their salary (the current system). This would mean on the balance of things most clubs wouldn't bother referring things like this because they know what goes around comes around and if they report this, the next week it may be their player on the receiving end of IRB insanity. When there is serious foul play, e.g. gouging then they would obviously refer the incident.

The current system has no benefits other than to the IRB's employees who're have a contrived job.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Soteria Pulumu suspended from Women's World Cup for Spear Tackle

Is it a different disciplinary panel to the men's rugby, 5 weeks? If this happened in a Test Match or the RWC we'd be hearing about a 3000 year ban for the offending player.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Jebb Sinclair controversially red carded for 'leading with the elbow'

Ha, just listened again, yup think you're right. I feel like a right chump now, in my defence it was pretty much the only thing the co-commentator said during the match so I assumed it was the TMO. Woops.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Jebb Sinclair controversially red carded for 'leading with the elbow'

tracked down a link with the TMO's words audible

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Jebb Sinclair controversially red carded for 'leading with the elbow'

I watched BT Sport 2 commentary - you could hear the TMO there, HE GOT IT SPOT ON and said there was no offence. This is totally the referee's wrong doing. If a transcript or audio clip could be found of their exchange it would be extremely interesting for everyone.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Jebb Sinclair controversially red carded for 'leading with the elbow'

I watched this live and emailed rugbydump straight after the game requesting this clip. I am so glad it has been put up, thanks rugbydump!

The decision is unbelievably bad, quite often on here I comment on tackles... that although I (dis)agree with the referee I can understand the logic of the other side of the argument. This however is just 100% outrageous.

What this clip doesn't show is the TMO's comments. It's really interesting to listen to- the TMO said there was nothing wrong with it and wasn't foul play at least twice, and advised the referee to go back to Canada's penalty on the 22 which would have let them take the lead with a couple of minutes left. The referee watched the replays on the screen and overruled the TMO saying it was dangerous and the Canadian lead with the elbow, the TMO disagreed then just kind of went quiet before eventually non-committally going with the ref. Basically what is the point of the TMO in this situation if the ref just watches the TV in the stadium? On a side note when did this current fashion of the ref watching the clip begin and what is the guidance on the situation?

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Rene Ranger treats Henry Slade like a speed bump in Barbarians match

You cannot be serious. Dangerous play, there are about a thousand things more dangerous than this which go on in rugby?
Losing balance is not the same as deliberately jumping into the tackle. Essentially it is the same result as a 6'7'' guy running into a 5'7'' guy and using his momentum to force the smaller player downwards - not dangerous, believe me, I've been on the receiving end enough times.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Mathieu Bastareaud big dump tackle on Jaques Cronje in Top 14 semi final

I am now without doubt, I am witnessing the demise of the game I have spent the last two decades enthralled by.

This has to stop, do-gooder idiots with no playing experience are ruining the game.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Salesi Ma'afu banned for one week for punch on Tom Youngs that went viral

Not to be a pedant but if you watch that tackle it was hardly a conventional rugby union 'tip-takle'.
More the result of the rugby league style tacking and the attacking player unfortunately getting his head in an awkward position.
I don't really think this rugby league tackle can be considered evidence that a tackle that used to be textbook is now outlawed in rugby union.

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2 Years, 1 Week ago

Strong wind blows London Irish restart kick backwards

Other than it being a good one to chat about in the bar afterwards, nothing happens - play on!

2 Years, 5 Months ago