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Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

I love the fact that you've correctly identified that I should have said it was her sex, not her gender. This is exactly the sort of petty attention to detail which makes the world go around.

11 Months, 5 Days ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

RD, we don't need to add 'female' to that headline. It's shocking regardless of her gender.

11 Months, 5 Days ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Cane's incident is the BEST to use. It would surely count as an accidental tackle. Penalty, no more.

11 Months, 5 Days ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

We already live in a world where they might do that. We suspect that some players are dropping their head and shoulders when being lifted in the tackle in order to get a tackler banned. It has still had the overall affect of lessening the number of tip tackles.

I'm all for it.

Yes, the laws will be abused, they always are, but you have to put player safety first.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Less tackles around the head, good thing.
Lower tackles lead to more offloads, good thing.
Fewer players having careers cut short due to head injuries, good thing.
Accidental tackles being recognised as a 'thing', good... er... thing.

Happy with these guidelines. Basically if you're not careful and smash someone in the head, expect a card. If they dip and you clip their head by accident, then it might just be a penalty. The referees now have a bit more flexibility, not less.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

That's because all of those top try videos are boring and sanitised! How many comments do most of those things get?! It's nothing to do with them being French, FFS.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Mate, how many front rowers have you met who didn't have anger management problems?

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

BT have disconnected his internet so he doesn't see this. They don't have the bandwidth to deal with his response.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

I feel the need to reply to you, because below it's descending into mudslinging.

The one problem I have is that when a player is recorded diving and is posted on RD, if the player is French then we have to make this a discussion about whether or not the French are unfairly treated, or if French players are more prone to it, yada yada yada. The majority of French players are lions, many play with incredible heart, and often their passion and desire to win tips them over the edge. I don't believe there is any meaningful difference between different nationalities. I mean, we all agree that Chris Ashton is a prat, and that Delon Armitage is scum, and they're both Englishmen.

So....

With that said, we must return to the heart of this issue. Let's not end up obscuring the perfectly valid point that diving is shit, shouldn't be part of the game, and should be met with absolutely furious retribution from the game's governing body.

Surely we can agree that diving, regardless of who does it, should be punished. Can we make this the thread where we discuss what punishment we'd like to see handed out to the people who do it?

In order to try to have an actual balanced discussion, let's have no more mention of people's nationalities in this specific thread. We KNOW we'd all get along if we were arguing about this in the pub, even if we didn't agree, so let's keep it civil.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

The writers of the Dylan Hartley show are just running out of ideas next. There is no way a real person would consistently get himself into these hilarious scrapes. Aaaaah, Dylan.

I wonder if Dylan's latest ban will see a return of 'NZPhill', now he has time on his hands.

11 Months, 1 Week ago