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Belgian rugby club scores over 350 points in bizarre club fixture

Can we assume this was a long time ago? I only ask because it seems odd (these days) that a referee would allow full scrums with a player in the front row who was not a 'trained' prop..

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Belgian rugby club scores over 350 points in bizarre club fixture

...you're really hot on the maths this week.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Belgian rugby club scores over 350 points in bizarre club fixture

Makes you think that if the referee was so late (hours) that the match should be rescheduled.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Belgian rugby club scores over 350 points in bizarre club fixture

Hahaha, what an arse, I suspect he'll be stripped of his front row licence for a period of time.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

World Rugby accepts George North should have left field after concussion

Interesting actually, I'd like to see referees involved in the decisions.. At the end of the day they are supposed to be completely impartial and there for player welfare, so whilst I don't think the buck should be passed on to them, I think they should be allowed to be involved - as well as the TMO.

We're not talking about trying to slow up the game and game play with TMO's being involved in knock ons etc, so I think involving them in injuries or potential injuries isn't a bad idea.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

World Rugby accepts George North should have left field after concussion

...'I'm still learning to math'...

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Belgian rugby club scores over 350 points in bizarre club fixture

Couldn't agree more with your last sentence.

Years ago we used to have a local derby match on boxing day against a team 2 leagues above us. They used to field their top strength teams (although I'm sure on boxing day nobody was particularly 'top strength'); 1sts were 1sts, 2nds were 2nds etc.. rather than watered down sides, and we used to field ours. Although the majority of the matches through the years we lost, it was always a hugely intense game (mostly clean) and very closely fought, there were even games that we won and drew.

All in all, it was a huge day for us, we walked ON the pitch, of course wanting to win, but knowing that technically we were already beaten, we had nothing to lose so we played with everything we had. I have to say looking back, that those were some of the best games I've ever played, even the ones we lost, purely because we 'earned' every point and every play that went our way.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Belgian rugby club scores over 350 points in bizarre club fixture

I think a few have raised the point above:

To me, it seems awfully odd that they'd seek to gain a playing point but be happy to be trounced like this, as someone said, hopefully the points diff will haunt them.

I've been on the good end of 100+ point victories. I don't think I've ever been on the end of a 100 point loss, but we've had our hidings both at school and at club level.

Again as others have pointed out (possibly because they have been in similar situations themselves) 16 people is a full team +1 reserve... I myself have been in games where we've borrowed players from the opposition, been in games where we've had our physio and coach kit up to make up numbers... other games where we've just played with 14 or just 15... You're there to play, just get on and play. I can't see why the opposition wouldn't have had a huge amount of respect had they actually tried to play.. but a team that looks like it can't be bothered would have got me on a mission... I'd have tried running into them (forcing a tackle).. 'knocking it on' numerous times to force the scrums... I'm sure our team could have come up with some way to provoke a reaction....





...then probably lose the match..

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

World Rugby accepts George North should have left field after concussion

I'm not an advocate of watering down the sport so that mums feel it safe to let their angels play, but only in the sense that knock outs can and will happen. It is how injuries are dealt with if and when they happen.

People react strangely with head injuries, we've seen many players get hit in the head and try to stand up, only to fall flat on their faces again - these are serious situations. The sport is not entirely safe - by the very nature of the game, it never will be safe. However it's having the brain capacity and power to think for someone who has been hit so damn hard he cannot think for himself. North has one thing in his mind "play for Wales, defend for Wales, Win for Wales" if a new rule came in saying after 68 minutes only 5'10" players can play on the wing, he'd do his best to force himself into the centre, he's not coming off unless he's dragged off. So you can't ask any player like that to make a decision about his own injuries - so you rely on management and/or team medical staff... who apparently are blind as ****ing bats!

Are they telling us that out of the entire Welsh management/players on the bench/medical staff no one saw that? No one said "North looked a bit odd going down there, someone just double check that.." You've got forwards coaches, backs coaches, kicking coaches, physios, doctors, waterboys but apparently no one wore their specs then...

Don't get me wrong, if North croaked as a result of this, it wouldn't have a big bearing on my life nor anyone I know, but it doesn't speak well for the game when a group of people can spout a ton of bullsh*t and another 'brand new' collection of people known as 'World rugby' can happily accept it...

They must be as moronic as their ******* name!

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

In that case I'd say it's outrageous. Too many people with fingers in pies is going to create problems.. An independent doctor who couldn't really care less whether he upset the Welsh, English or Mongolian RFU by pulling a player from the pitch is who is needed.

I still believe in my last point above, about players playing through injuries in order to maintain a pitch presence.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago