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

It's the intent joined to the word which makes it racist. So if he'd said gypsy to refer to someone who called themselves a gypsy, and didn't mean it in a negative way, it wouldn't be racist.

So me calling Anton Ferdinand black is a statement. Terry calling him a 'black bastard' is racist. Same word, different intent.

And no Jimmy, it didn't sound like you were defending him, don't worry about it :)

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Tomas Francis only penalised but then cited for contact with Dan Cole's eyes

Thanks Vladimir, I'm not that au fait with French. What's the French for au fait?

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Tomas Francis only penalised but then cited for contact with Dan Cole's eyes

I know, I know. I'm most people's hero.

It's surely down the fact that everyone 'knows' France has a problem with off-the-ball violence. All further acts of violence get seen as part of a wider malaise (what's the French word for malaise?) and the guilty party punished accordingly. I do still believe that France has a bit more unpleasantness of this type than many other countries, but I don't think that should be reflected in the citing system.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Tomas Francis only penalised but then cited for contact with Dan Cole's eyes

If he was French he'd be looking at a much longer ban. No consistency.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

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

Nothing else needs to be said.

6 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.

6 Months, 2 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]

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago