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George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

That would be amusing...

But in my example, lets say it is really obvious that the tackler is intent on going in to take the blokes legs out... how do you sanction that if it's all outcome based?

4 Days, 11 Hours ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

Obviously North suggested that he didn't want to move because of a potential neck injury, are you suggesting he's lying (or made it up without even realising because he was KO'd)?

I'm hoping that North was telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth, otherwise the medical staff that assessed North either took his word for it that he wasn't out cold, or weren't able to assess him correctly.

I am with Stroudos in the sense that I believe anything that LOOKS like a KO should be treated as a KO, regardless of what the player states etc.

4 Days, 13 Hours ago

Extended highlights of England's fourth victory over the Wallabies this year

HP hardly closed Brown down... he stood still and braced himself and Brown ran into him....

...I don't have an issue with standing your ground... and if someone is silly enough to run into you then they better expect you to be braced...

5 Days, 2 Hours ago

Extended highlights of England's fourth victory over the Wallabies this year

Oliver, there is a difference to complete simulation and part simulation...

Yeh, he got hit on the back of the head by Hooper, no arguments there... but if someone had run up to him on the street, done that, then punched him mum in the face, would he have rolled around on the floor, or would he have got right back up and fought back?

He exaggerated the effect of the hit... so did he exaggerate the effect of the cooper hit as well? From the angle shown, I cannot judge whether his face hit Coopers shoulder.. I'd suspect it did, but I'm not 100% sure it was with the force he showed as he fell to the ground.

5 Days, 2 Hours ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

Player jumps so high and you clip his feet so hard he does a full somersault, lands on his feet runs on to score a try... what is the sanction?

5 Days, 2 Hours ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

That's because you're a cous cous eater, I'd have smashed him to the ground and broken his face....

Because I'm a warrior, it's all part of the game!

5 Days, 2 Hours ago

Extended highlights of England's fourth victory over the Wallabies this year

Oliver is right..... receives 2 week ban...

But to be fair Ol, I reread my comment, I was pretty ok with the yellow, as far as that is what the game calls for these days.

I did say that I couldn't see the contact to Sanchezs' face, but if it was there, then fair enough for going down.

However, the video doesn't show his face hitting Coopers shoulder (in as much as it doesn't show it NOT hitting his shoulder), so the sort of hand on cheek as he crashes to the ground, is often used in a lot of simulations... so I'm not surprised people were suspicious...

5 Days, 2 Hours ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

I agree with you there, but the issue I'd have with that on a whole is that it is; by it's own definition, too loose... We'd have some referees showing reds left right and centre and some leaving it at penalties or nothing...

Perhaps that isn't an issue in the sense that if players do their homework then they should know how each referee is more inclined to act. On the flip side, if you know refs like showing cards you could test them and the opposition with high balls to catch.

It's a big can of worms at the moment. A couple more degrees of rotation and we'd be looking at a red card incident... one thing I'd love to do is see a social experiment where referees are shown numerous incidents, without hearing commentary, and without knowing the out come and see what they would sanction in that circumstance. It would make an interesting study to see how varied (or not) the outcomes would be. Whether there is a hemisphere difference in refereeing, nation difference, or whether they are literally just completely random individuals who deem somethings worse than others...

5 Days, 3 Hours ago

Extended highlights of England's fourth victory over the Wallabies this year

I agree with you on inverdale, he is a bit odd.... But I do agree with him that Australia has the ability to win... We saw it clearly in the first half, England were not firing well, Aussie scrum undid them, Aussie pressure produced some points, but clearly they didn't capitalise on the pressure enough, and didn't sustain it either...

Maybe he was speaking rubbish but it wasn't totally outrageous...

5 Days, 3 Hours ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

Silly stuff, I don't buy that neck injury thing... perhaps its true, only North knows, but I see only 2 outcomes.. He feigned injury or he was out cold.

I am genuinely at a loss when it comes to the solution to these incidents... As others have said, North jumps, takes ball - Thomstone sees North is in the air and so steps aside (with his cat like reflexes) and North steams through for a try... Whats to stop a player just running up the pitch from one end to the other throwing the ball into the air and jumping to catch it, 20-30 times down to the try line... other than the fact he'd look like a prat, he's effectively unstoppable..

This is the result of professionalism... now things like this HAVE to be policed, but honestly how can anyone police it fairly.. Either you ban jumping, (which I hate the idea of), or you leave the decisions purely in the hands of the referee to judge whether it was a genuine accident, or a purposeful act...

5 Days, 5 Hours ago