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Host selection process kicks off for Rugby World Cup 2023

Out of interest, why is Qatar not an option? Did I miss something?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Damian de Allende's great form continues with big hit against the Brumbies

De Villiers is such an immense player! I think he's definitely an all time favourite. His appearance is so deceptive because he actually looks a bit wirey, I'm guessing it's because if his height, but his power is awesome.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Throwback Thursday - South Africa and Samoa show respect post match in 2003

"With the game being so professional and foul play scrutinised so closely by high quality TV replays and overeager TMO's, at times we tend to lose track of what really matters in rugby."

I don't know whether we tend to lose track, or whether the rugby world is losing track....

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Damian de Allende's great form continues with big hit against the Brumbies

Two points, (unless I get carried away):

1. It was disappointing to see that no try came from that charge down, what a lovely demonstration!

2. I can sadly say, that I could see that tackle resulting in a yellow card in this day and age. Don't get me wrong, I think it'd be a travesty, but I really can see it!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Sergio Parisse harshly red carded as Brice Dulin gets tipped up in the air

:D

Who'd have thought I'd get so much support..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Toulon's Xavier Chiocci scores a great prop try against Castres in the Top 14

Not that I partake in snooker, or have much understanding of what it's about, but does anyone else think that perhaps tries should have varying scores depending on who scores them? I mean a front row players should be awarded 7 points, second row 6, back row 5... then the backs can sort themselves out...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Sergio Parisse harshly red carded as Brice Dulin gets tipped up in the air

Food for thought... What if, like the concussion checks, if you visibly stay down, then you have to leave the field for 5 minutes...

There is no particular reason other than the fact that people who want to play the game might not bother 'simulating'...

...I know it will never happen, but it's the sort of thing I'd lovery: someone goes down faking an injury then when the referee comes over they say they're fine but the referee says "no, no, you went down hard then, you looked injured, off you go to be checked over"

Anyway, nothing in this incident warranted a red card.. So it's a shame!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

David Pocock dislocates his finger while making a turnover

A scary player for the opposition to have....

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Gloucester's Bill Meakes banned for 2 weeks following red card for dangerous tackle

Ah, but Pape is French...

To me though, if the 'crime' is worth a ban, then it MUST be worth a red card. Therefore Pape SHOULD have got a red. I understand mistakes can be made, but when we see time and time again of a yellow awarded in a game, but a ban is issued on no further evidence than the referee had, then the referee is at fault.

The high tackle, I'd say red is fair, yellow I could have lived with.. tackling a dummy runner should not be punishable, however that tackle was never legal - Maybe in NZ where Phill plays it is, because it's a sign of the warrior... Kneeing in the back, I'd prefer to see a red for that. It was a pretty non event knee, but it was still a dirty bit of play. I think in NZ they call it back rubbing, or something, it's something all the kids do, but up North we're soft, so kneeing should be a red card..

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Sergio Parisse harshly red carded as Brice Dulin gets tipped up in the air

Damn, there was an article I read not long ago:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/32502292

Pathetic call, feel sorry for Parisse!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago