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Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

Then his classy knocking the ball out the Saffas grip and patting him... what a punchable character..

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

The reason all this sh*t non event stuff is becoming such an event is because of $$$ £££ etc etc

Rugby is heading towards the pinnacle of world events, joining the likes of soccer. Managers/Coaches and players are becoming more vocal regarding the officiating of the game (like soccer). Games/wins etc are worth a huge amount of money as they lead to better positioning in rankings and thus, more lucrative sponsors. In turn sponsors do not want their name plastered all over the shirt of some guys who is seen beating seven shades of s**t out of another player, so of course that helps sanitize the sport.

Then of course, the other side of it is attention - the sport will get far greater support and attention from the likes of little Eric's mummy who will let him play if it's a gentle sport where he won't run the risk of dirtying the cotton wool and bubble wrap blanket he's constantly wrapped in.

I'm not saying bring back the days of fish hooking and eye gouging and lets do our best to stop boots stamping on heads, but for crying out loud this kind of s**t is pathetic.

I eagerly await a response from all those fans who are looking forward to this game becoming a full blown 15 aside touch rugby game!

...Sarcastaball is the future I guess...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

I was looking forward to this clip as I had read about the incident and subsequent ban, but I had not seen it...

I'll admit right now, that after 5 replays of that last clip I nearly gave up looking. The 6th replay I just saw it - ok, RD normally has 'better' clips of incidents, but that 'incident' was truly pathetic.

A ban, I suppose seems fair - http://www.rugbydump.com/2012/09/2744/eben-etzebeth-banned-for-attempted-headbutt-on-nathan-sharpe Etzebeth got a ban for his effort and this looks much the same. Although this got 5 weeks, Etzebeths got 2 weeks. Pretty sad...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

To be honest, we look at the game through different eyes. Sinclair did not make contact with the Scottish player with his elbow, it was the muscley spongy part of his forearm.

Whilst I cannot be bothered to confirm what made contact first and where in Williams case, he deserved the abuse for the simple inability to perform a legitimate try saving tackle...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

I think you're a little muddled, so you want to INCLUDE forwards in attacking play, but you get your back up when teams include forwards in defensive play by fanning out????

"and we backs were part of the drill too"

So really, you've just admitted right there why you're unqualified make judgements on lineouts...

Many lineouts are not worth contesting, it's a judgement call, on your own 5m line, it might be wise to set a good counter drive platform etc...

I personally think backs run to fast, I think we should go back to the old days when everyone wore kit that weighed half a ton and heavy old boots, that would slow the backs down a bit.... Am I equally unqualified to change your part of the game?

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

USA Eagles come from behind to beat Canada for first time in eight attempts

...give it a rest..

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

USA Eagles come from behind to beat Canada for first time in eight attempts

You're a rather emotional chap aren't you...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Australia complete clean sweep against France with Sydney win

Well considering his dad invented hamburgers, I wouldn't be surprised if when facing the All Blacks all his team lay broken and bloodied, Kim picked up the ball and fiercely beat the All Blacks who had to bring on all their subs and play 22 vs 1, yet he still beat them all, in the scrums, in the lineouts, and converting from his own try line...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Australia complete clean sweep against France with Sydney win

The difficulty is that we want to see more and more and more, but as a result we are seeing less and less and less... As you said, off the ball incidents, brawls etc (which I'm not saying are what we want to see as such, but they are exciting) are becoming less because the players know they cannot get away with anything.

Then of course as you said, becoming professional means winning. How often is it, that the most boring matches (in terms of the rugby played) are sometimes the RWC matches... Look at Baabaa matches, they're great fun, because nothing in particular is at stake. But when the difference is you progress further in a competition or you go home, players take less risks, close up the gaps and the game is then decided by the boot and who can kick the ball over the defence and through the sticks a la drop goal...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Australia complete clean sweep against France with Sydney win

As much as I disagree with you on the laws of lifting etc, I am interested to see this WW1 commemorative game. I don't mind 'new shirts, new material' etc, if it at least resembles a rugby shirt, as you say, Sco, Fra, SA, NZ etc. Question though, what was the weather like in that commemorative match? Only I played a couple games in the past for 'the old boys' at school and those shirts were originally cotton - completely cotton and in the rain it was like running around carrying an extra me on my back...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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