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England hang on at Twickenham to beat Wales and later become champions

It would be pretty similar to John Terry calling Ferdinand a 'black bastard'. If you're including someone's ethnic group as a basis for insulting them, then to me it's racism. Add to that the fact that discrimination of travelling communities has been a consistent theme in Europe for hundreds of years (something like 90% of the world's gypsy population died in the gas chambers), then I think it's fair to say that Marler's comments were at best offensive and ignorant.

It wouldn't be as bad to call someone 'Frenchie boy', in my opinion, because there isn't the same history of prejudice and persecution.

I'd have no problem whatsoever with him getting a decent ban for this. Rugby should take a stand and say that any sort of abuse based on someone's ethnic group will not be tolerated.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Eddie Jones on the hateful rivalry between the English and the Welsh

Not the right word to use. It is our fiercest rivalry, it has a history, but hate... no. After the game, regardless of the result, an Englishman or a Welshman should feel safe having a beer in the other's capital and enjoy a bit of healthy banter. That's rugby.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Rugby Tactics: Scotland's Attacking Play Examined - Part Two

I love these videos. You've done a bloody good job with them.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Victor Matfield's perfectly executed one handed lineout take against Saracens

Nothing else needs to be said.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi makes another two huge hits against Exeter Chiefs

Agreed. I came below the line to make the same point and saw you'd beaten me to it. Much more impressive to see him put a big hit in on a forward.

"MASSIVE CENTRE SMASHES FULLBACK WAITING UNDER A HIGHBALL" doesn't really make for the most exciting headline.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Bryan Habana scores first ever 7s try on entertaining opening day in Vegas

[sarcasm] Ah, good. South Africa definitely needed another speedster. [/sarcasm]

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Quade Cooper errors prove costly as Fiji beat Australia to retain Vegas 7s title

At least it shows that 7s isn't just an easier version of the XV man game. I hope he bounces back and is in good form come the Olympics - it will add an extra level of interest to an exciting competition.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Martin Castrogiovanni banned for stamping on foot of Scotland back

If the committee had been made up of ex-front rowers, he'd have been banned for life. Who the fuck stamps on someone else's toes? Castro has lost a lot of my respect for this.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

True Grit: The David Pocock Story - Part 2

I won't lie, I watched this second part hoping this would be the one where he was revealed to be a complete and utter bellend. I'm disgustingly disappointed.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

England stay on course with win over Ireland at Twickenham

What's the french word for cliché, anyway?

"Love to honestly and friendly chat and debate". One word: COUSCOUS.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago