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Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

He's sorry! Halve the ban!

2 Weeks, 19 Hours ago

Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

Go back to wine-making, philosophy, novel writing, cheese crafting, love-making and enjoyment of life.

Leave the bitching and moaning to us English speakers.

2 Weeks, 21 Hours ago

Sean O'Brien's monster ruck cleanout against France

I remember watching farmers chucking hay bales around when I was a boy. It's only now that I appreciate how powerful those guys must have been, and some of them must have been in their sixties.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

I've gone away to look up the laws to try to make sense of what happened.

Law 22.3:
(b) When an ATTACKING player who has possession of the ball grounds the ball in in-goal and simultaneously contacts the touch-in-goal line or the dead-ball-line (or anywhere beyond), a 22m drop-out is awarded to the defending team.

Law 22.9:
(a) A DEFENDING player who has part of one foot in in-goal is considered to have both feet in in-goal.

Vunipola was the attacking player and was not in touch. The defending player is considered in-goal because he had one foot on the pitch. Is my reading of the laws correct?

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

The Vunipola try was indeed a try. The ball is grounded and he has an arm on it. Try.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

I know the arguments about not taking the seriousness of the injury into account, etc, as I've used them before, but I still want Pape to get a lengthy ban.

I am a little unimpressed that the referee bottled it. That should have been a red card, no arguing. They even TMOed it.

I didn't put Pape in my fantasy team because he's a liability, and once again he has proven me correct. What a complete dick.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Sean O'Brien's monster ruck cleanout against France

'Farmer tough', I like that. Will have to file that away. I have a friend who is a cattle farmer and he's the same.

Big fan of SOB, great player.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him... maybe you can hire...

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

World Rugby accepts George North should have left field after concussion

I unwittingly fed the troll. I lose 5 internet points.

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

World Rugby accepts George North should have left field after concussion

Not a chance. That was centrifugal force, all day long. For those few seconds, he was gone. He snapped back pretty quickly, but he was not conscious at that point.

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago