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Barrington cleared while Barritt gets banned after no card

I'm check my phone first thing every morning to see if Nigel has sent me a reply about going for a beer, but still nothing.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Francois Steyn red carded for attempting to take Johnny Sexton's head off

Red card for thinking 'bended' is a word.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes trademark hit demolishes scrumhalf Will Cliff

Stroudos is right, DrG. Sounds like you're about to break down sobbing and asking "why did she leave?"

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes trademark hit demolishes scrumhalf Will Cliff

Shit, they're moving the goal posts now? Fuck. First they change the tackle laws, and now they're making the kicks harder?

This game is no longer the one I love.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Barrington cleared while Barritt gets banned after no card

I think it's a bloody good thing that they all meet up and discuss how they're going to interpret the rules. At least that way they go some way to trying to avoid too much inconsistency. How many of us really think that we'd do a better job if we were the ones in the middle?

Ok, we can't become professional refs, but I got an email from my local club (where I coach minis) offering a level 1 ref course, and nobody had taken up any of the places. Doesn't that tell us something?

I don't think it matters if the referees don't interpret the directives exactly as you or I would, as long as they all try to interpret them the same way. That's the crucial element.

In this case, it turns out that the referee made the 'wrong' call. But at least he stepped up and made a call. Robshaw made a bad call at the end of our world cup campaign, but at least he made the call. Barrington's hit looked worse on the day, but with hindsight (and plenty of time to watch the replay on the interweb) we can agree Barritt deserved the card and that Barrington didn't actually hit Parling with much force. He hardly exploded into him the way he would have done if he was tackling him. The ref didn't have nearly as much time as we have, he had a lot of people looking at him, he knew he had to make a decision... and he did. I say, applaud the bloke for having the nerve to be a professional referee. I also thought the way he spoke to Barrington was very good.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Two players singled out in French second division mass brawl

So... this French rugby is a bit violent then, eh?

*grabs popcorn and waits for the fun to start*

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Courtney Lawes trademark hit demolishes scrumhalf Will Cliff

That's true. I absolutely destroyed my son when I tackled him in the garden. I'm 6'1", he's 7 years old and weighs next to nothing. I should be applauded for my technique.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Barrington cleared while Barritt gets banned after no card

There was a really good breakdown of the ruling by Wayne Barnes on Rugby Tonight. It's not possible to watch the clip outside of the UK, I believe (based on what RD has told us in the past), but for those who can it's worth a watch.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

More Maro Itoje brilliance on display as he blocks a kick with his foot

I can't wait until someone tries it and gets the ball right in the nuts.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Tusi Pisi sees red for in the air challenge during breakthrough Bristol win

However had anyone been jumping for the ball and he'd taken them out, under the new directives he'd be sitting out for a period of games due to his ban.

The directives are a mess. I just hope World Rugby are listening to their referees. I'd like to see more transparency about how the referees make these decisions. The NRL has an excellent video each week where the head of officiating explains controversial rulings and how they apply the laws. I'd like to see something similar in union.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago