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Disgusting attack on referee earns youngster 10-year-ban from rugby

Oh, if he was going to get a 10 match ban, I'd say it was a red.... Also reading the description, they say they will support him through his ban, how much support can one get I wonder? For instance he'll be 29 when he's done his time...Nearing sort of end of career time there, plus the game will have changed to a sport where we run round gently dusting each other with glitter and kisses..Whilst of course wearing goggles do as not to get any glitter in our eyes....

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Disgusting attack on referee earns youngster 10-year-ban from rugby

Meh lifetime ban would be fine here, I mean it wasn't the worst bit of violence I've ever seen, but it was completely uncalled for and the guy definitely doesn't have his head on right.

I wonder if the original card was going to be yellow or red? Would be immense if it was a yellow...

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Schalk Brits brilliance in Man of the Match performance for Saracens

Like the hookers of old, basically a short beefy wing... Rather than today's version of a 3rd prop. Nice to see.

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Anthony Tuitavake sent off after reckless spear tackle for Racing 92

Nonu take note. If you're going to do something to get yourself carded, accept it...

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Ma'a Nonu gives his own version of Nigel Owens' "This is not soccer"

....A French referee, refereeing two French teams, in France, doesn't understand English????? That's bloody ridiculous, fire him!

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Ma'a Nonu gives his own version of Nigel Owens' "This is not soccer"

There you go, that's the comment I needed to jog my memory. Haven't seen players marched 10 metres in a long long time - not in the pro game anyway. That would have been ideal - much less messy than creating new laws..

2 Weeks, 9 Hours ago

Ma'a Nonu gives his own version of Nigel Owens' "This is not soccer"

I don't think this is really red card worthy....
If he'd said "go referee a fucking soccer match" then yeh, red card... but he didn't outright swear AT the referee as much as use 'fucking' as an emphasis for his "this is rugby" comment.... which I don't think is appropriate, but not really red card worthy.

..in my opinion anyway

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Ma'a Nonu gives his own version of Nigel Owens' "This is not soccer"

Thing is, I'd hate to see a red card for Nonu for this, I don't like it, but it's yellow card + yellow card and in this instance I don't think 2 yellows should equal red.....

I'm happy for this to all just be done and dusted, but if we go into the world of imaginary possibilities, then if I HAD to change anything, I'd bring in a 'verbal card' or law or something, where by a referee can give a player a 5-10 minute (not sure which) sit down... it would have to be tweaked a bit...

I'd have it as:
Yellow for foul play + yellow for foul play = red
Yellow for foul play + (verbal + verbal = yellow) = red ...so 2 verbals is a yellow

or Idk, something like that....but either way, perhaps it should be a self policing thing where the club just fines Nonu and it's the end of the story...

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Ma'a Nonu gives his own version of Nigel Owens' "This is not soccer"

*edit*.... when I say "I don't have an issue with players appealing to the referees" I mean, if Nonu had put in a decent hit and said "oh whaaat, it's not soccer" or even the infamous "are we not allowed to tackle dan carter"...that kind of thing...

...Not Dan 'Birdman' Biggar flapping his fucking sticks around at every bloody opportunity...

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Ma'a Nonu gives his own version of Nigel Owens' "This is not soccer"

Nonu is a bit of a petulant tit really isn't he...

I'd say rugbys attitude is getting softer than it was years ago, but that being said, this was always going to be a penalty/yellow and the swearing was unnecessary. I'd have preferred to see this as a penalty, then a potential yellow for his attitude/swearing....

... I don't have an issue with players appealing to referees, or with bad language on the pitch, but I sort of feel this was a direct bad mouthing towards the referee, which I'd have no issue with a yellow card for...

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago