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Quade Cooper sinbinned for off the ball shoulder on Nicolas Sanchez

I know!!! Even I had had my fill, comments like these just bring about painful revivals and almost set me on a roll again....

1 Day, 2 Hours ago

Quade Cooper sinbinned for off the ball shoulder on Nicolas Sanchez

I think the yellow was harsh, given Sanchez contact with the ball.. but yellow can happen as seen.

I'm not sure Sanchez was clearly diving... Had he thrown his hands up then I'd yellow him, but I can't see his face clashing. So if it did then I don't blame him for going down....

2 Days, 18 Hours ago

All Blacks too strong for error-ridden Springbok challenge in Christchurch

Hahah, it is tradition along wiz our fine wine and cheezes...

Actually that was an incredible moment before 2015 RWC when I heard that there was an ask for court intervention to the SA team travelling! It was unbelievable!

3 Days, 23 Hours ago

Springboks and Eben Etzebeth perplexed by 'technical' lineout law

Hahaha, what did I do??

3 Days, 23 Hours ago

Double BITING allegations get Chris Ashton banned for 13 weeks

This is sort of the case in most situations with any sort of aggressor.... it doesn't tend to get highlighted by anyone other than the fans...

It's nice to see a common opinion on the matter -"A biter (and other offenders) deserves a ban, but I can reason as to why they did it!"

3 Days, 23 Hours ago

Double BITING allegations get Chris Ashton banned for 13 weeks

I'm not saying he didn't deserve a ban, but your "not technically legal" statement is exactly why he did what he did....

Rucking a player on the ground was part of the game, it then was taken out of the game and is now quite a hotly refereed area. Grappling someone around the head or neck in a ruck is also something which has now been hotly refereed... not in this instance, and so to be fair I don't necessarily blame Ashton for giving a nibble... but I wouldn't do it (that I know of...), and the fact he is punished is totally fair enough...

Point in being, biting someone is not technically legal either, but surely being bitten is part and parcel of sticking your arm in someones mouth...?

4 Days, 2 Hours ago

Double BITING allegations get Chris Ashton banned for 13 weeks

Did anyone see the other bite that was alleged to have happened?

It was a bad move by Ashton, it was always going to end up as a ban, however - mitigating circumstances... if you swing a forearm into someones head or face, then you should really expect some sort of reaction.

Will Greenwood put it very well I thought. Ashton - like most rugby players, doesn't seem like a bad guy, but when he gets his head in the clouds it all goes really wrong!

Hope this somehow gets his head sorted. Stupid stuff and deserved a ban for it, at the end of the day a bite is worth a minimum of 12 weeks... regardless of what happened this was a bite...

I don't want to to harp on too much about Franks 'gouge'... but in the same instance regardless of provocation or accidental or anything, a poke is a poke... should enter in at minimum level and go from there... So I think it's harsh on Ashton, but it's also fair enough... players should know where they stand and upholding the laws and holding players accountable will allow them to know where they stand...

4 Days, 4 Hours ago

Springboks and Eben Etzebeth perplexed by 'technical' lineout law

Tbf, it looked as though Ashton got a facefull of wrist and bit it as a result. Not as outlandish as you claim, but nonetheless illegal and very poor!!

However spitting is the worst, then biting?! I think I'd rather be spat at than gouged or bitten in all honesty...

4 Days, 9 Hours ago

All Blacks too strong for error-ridden Springbok challenge in Christchurch

Brilliant read Foxtrot, and you Stroudos!

If time wasn't a factor a coach would turn around and pick "beast" (a deserved player) and the rest could be uncapped or 'anything' black players... Have no white players at all and then just watch the mess unfold...

The problem as said is that it's self defeating, disheartening and all in all wrong. Habana for instance, I believe, is not included in the quota because he is mixed race... Therefore as far as anyone is concerned he's "white"... How bloody racist is that coming from a bunch that want something equal?!?! And as I've said numerous times if you are picking a team and your choices are 'the beast' or a white not as good equivalent.... Who would you choose?

Investing in grass roots so that young black kids want to get into rugby instead of football is the only way forwards. Not forcing quotas!

4 Days, 9 Hours ago

Springboks and Eben Etzebeth perplexed by 'technical' lineout law

...err RD, want to respond personally or should I copy and paste your last comment? ;)

4 Days, 17 Hours ago