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Massive schoolboy hit from new Edinburgh signing Nasi Manu in 2006

Interesting actually. I thought the tackle was brilliant, 'imposed himself' on the player during play, but that 'afters' was a bit pathetic... It's what you expect to happen when two players have been desperately disagreeing, they're also normally fairly evenly matched.

Doesn't look good to see a big 8 doing that to a stringy winger.. especially considering the winger didn't seem to even notice the hit...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Could Matt Giteau hold the key to Australian World Cup success?

Sorry, I will add that although I stand by my previous comments, simply saying "we will always have 7 non whites in every team" is bloody ridiculous...

Imagine the look on 'Beasts' face when they say, well we have 6 players selected, now it would appear the only non injured black guy is a 5'8" centre who weighs 65kg's, sorry JDV looks like you're out...

"not a quota system" - my ARSE!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Could Matt Giteau hold the key to Australian World Cup success?

As you said, it's a different matter (although I'd say only slightly)..

The thing is though, I think that perhaps the politics that are ruining the game on one hand, are also saving it on the other...

Maybe they're holding the game back from evolving, but if the evolution process ends up with it being anyway like football/soccer, then I'm sort of all for it...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Could Matt Giteau hold the key to Australian World Cup success?

I'm with Dave on this one...

Toulon are already gobbling up more than their fair share.

Interesting part of not going down that route is that you get players that are used to playing together: 9,10 partnerships, 12,13 partnerships etc...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ulster's Nick Williams suspended for 8 weeks for striking Rhys Patchell

But I disagree with the laws for amateurs... amongst laws there are crossing rules, there are knock on rules, accidental offsides, offsides etc... If every amateur game was adhered to, the game would die out. Surely you've had those referees that blow for everything and those that equally allow the game to flow?

To counter your criminal law point and it's relation to rugby. You can stand over a body with a smoking gun and you'll get arrested on suspicion of murder - red card... You'll be interviewed - video angles, pundits, citing commissioners.. you'll then be charged - in rugby this would be a citing... you then get to stand in front of a court - or disciplinary panel...

The court will hear all the evidence and may indeed decide that whilst you did not want to murder someone, you did indeed kill them, maybe it was in self defence, but should you have been carrying the gun? No? Well then, not murder, but manslaughter - therefore not deliberate act of foul play, but reckless...

My argument was not I don't want to see players injured in later life, it's that I don't want to see someone ending up in a wheel chair through what is deemed illegal play. Someone a while ago sent you a link about a stamp on Dodie Weirs knee which took him out of the Lions tour - Illegal act and the poor bloke had a career damaging injury. Scrums can cause injury, as can innocuous tackles - Thom Evans broke his neck in a non event sort of incident. So dangers are out there in normal play, but the point should be to limit the dangers out there as best they can.

I think all of us will have niggles in the future from rugby (if not already) purely down to the nature of the game, it can be expected. Most motorcyclists have a story of at least one time they've fallen off... we've all got a twinge, pull, break story of our own. I'd like to think thats the extent, last thing I want is to be kicked in the face, poleaxed etc etc.. those aren't part of the game I signed up for..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Marcelo Bosch last gasp Quarter Final penalty sinks Racing Metro

At the top of this post, that picture of Bosch taking the kick... he looks so relaxed... I actually thought it was a still of him doing a celebratory dance or something... can can?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Get Excited For The Rugby World Cup, Less Than Six Months To Go

...and cous cous?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Get Excited For The Rugby World Cup, Less Than Six Months To Go

...I think we must have different definitions of trolling Stroudos...

I thought it was a fair video to post... well from the first couple minutes I skipped through...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ulster's Nick Williams suspended for 8 weeks for striking Rhys Patchell

Phill, I second what Dan has said, it boils down to issues with lack of consistency.

For the record, my use of the word 'crime' was purely because our guidelines are 'laws'... anyway, back on topic..

In criminal law there is commonly two parts, Mens rea and Actus reus - basically, guilty mind, guilty act. The fact is in rugby mens rea doesn't particularly matter when it comes down to whether an incident is worthy of: nothing, penalty, yellow, red... it's the action.

In recent games we've seen Du Plessis kick another player in the head area... it doesn't matter if he meant to, if he injured the player... it actually happened...

I have to actually explain however that I am not stuck by the letter of the law. I think Du Plessis did deserve a red for losing his head and kicking. However Nathan Hines back handed a welsh player who was holding onto him and received a card, I disagree with that, it also happened to POC and many others...

You mentioned 'pole axing' and McCaw... Tiquiri DIDN'T get a red (did he even get a card?)... you're right though, it could have broken McCaws neck... isn't it worth stepping back and saying 'Gladiotorial sport or not, I don't want to see players ruined, crippled, or dead if something can be helped.'....as for Francois Steyn he had to be the one that got punished - If you take any of the other players out of the equation, the tackle may or may not have ended badly... but take Steyn out, and it would definitely NOT have ended badly.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth slap one another while smiling

Phill, you've sort of highlighted what we all see and accept as referee individual assessment of each situation...

"My point being Dan , if we went to the letter of the law , there should be 2 or 3 guys a game sent off. Risk and danger is high very high."

Currently the laws are what they are, and the referees do what they do, and currently we don't have 2 or 3 guys sent off each game. It's down to the referees which are currently interpreting the game very well.

Also, you need to consider what is red card worthy or not? Dylan Hartley was red carded a while ago for supposedly swearing at Wayne Barnes... if he did indeed swear at Barnes, is that acceptable? Remember these guys are 'gladiators' etc... I'm not trying to be difficult, but in reality there has to be lines drawn - gladiators that swear?

As for the sarcasm, not at all, I enjoy cous cous and I also enjoy rucking.

I think rugby in it's current form is not far off being 'right'... there is no rucking which is bad and referees are a little to overzealous, however I do believe there is a big need for players to remain disciplined.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago