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Midweek Madness - Nigel Owens puts Chris Robshaw in his place

Nigel Owens is right at the top of his game at the moment. He has such effortless control of most games he referees. I think he's done really well not to overwhelm a lot of games with his personality. It would be easy to crack jokes all the time with his sense of humour, but instead he just seems like an old-fashioned teacher. Friendly, but not friends. I really like that.

This exchange also highlights one of the best principles in rugby, which is that you do what you are told by the referee. Long may it continue.

2 Months, 20 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

"Actually that's completely irrelevant."

You then go on to repeatedly support my point by referring to, and I quote:

"the player is lifted"
"the lifted player"
"dangerous lifting tackles"

I am sure that my colleague DrG (who is a proper doctor'n'everything) means momentum when he wrote moments. Technically to have lifted Plisson Lawes would have to have raised Plisson's centre of gravity. He did not. Instead as he hit Plisson the force of the impact caused Plisson to rotate. Plisson's head and shoulders then hit the ground first. The law you have extensively quoted is designed to prevent players from lifting players upwards and away from the ground, before driving them downwards. Lawes simply did not do this.

2 Months, 23 Hours ago

Bismarck du Plessis banned for a month for kicking Michael Leitch in the face

Things that will now happen:

[ ] Du Plessis will tweet saying he was very sorry.
[ ] Someone will comment on RugbyDump that the game is going soft.
[ ] Somehow this will descend into an argument about NH and SH rugby.

2 Months, 1 Day ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

"I honestly cannot believe the levels of patheticness many of you have stopped too"

ThankyouverymuchI'llbehereallweek.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

God, hitting 'like' to this comment felt so narcissistic. You know you are English when, sitting in a darkened kitchen at 6am, on your own, clicking 'like' on a nice comment about yourself feels arrogant.

Thanks. I'm trying to hide the fact that I know nothing about rugby.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

World Rugby need to listen to us, because we could make rugby a lot safer and a lot more fun to watch at the drop of a hat. I vote that we replace the scrum with 'duck duck goose'. Quicker to get over and done with, less chance of injury, and it will be interesting to see what new way Brian Moore finds to get really, really angry.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Jacques Potgieter fined $20,000 for homophobic comments against the Brumbies

Fair play to the Aussies for reporting it on the field. We need a zero tolerance approach to this. I work in a school and am forever telling the kids that they shouldn't use the word 'gay' as a negative word. More high-profile incidents like this can only help.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Jacques Potgieter fined $20,000 for homophobic comments against the Brumbies

Classy.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

And he calls his mother twice a week, gives money to charity, is good with animals and respects his elders.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Excellent point, well made.

2 Months, 2 Days ago