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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, 19 Hours ago

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

I think the contest overall was very close. An interviewer said to Cheika how although Aus lost all 4, they could have potentially won all 4 (I'm not sure how close or true that is but it's a nice sentiment) I think it goes to show how close the competition actually is. I think England did very well to come back, but they were lucky not to get slaughtered in the first half. The first half scoreline definitely flattered them.. that being said, it's a game of rugby, games can be won or lost by a simple bounce, so England took the small opportunities given to them and Australia didn't take all the opportunities England gifted to them.

I thought Englands depth seems quite good. I still don't rate Yarde, or May... but then maybe I don't see enough of them play. Englands new 8 looked v shaky to start with, brilliant tackle by Hooper on him - smashed! But he seemed to come into his own as the game went on, so I guess it's a confidence thing.

Australia can take a lot away from the game in the sense that they very nearly stuffed England, almost a few things to iron out and they'll be looked very tidy!

5 Days, 19 Hours ago

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

I think Brown did as much as he could to exaggerate the hit... HP dipped the shoulder - which personally I don't have an issue with... he stood his ground and Brown ran into him. This to me is the essence of drawing a player... don't draw a player - ship then ball then be surprised if you get smashed..

I think the yellow for HP was BS as well...

5 Days, 20 Hours ago

Argentina prop gets heavy ban after stamping on Joe Marler's face

Oliver regarding that comment made to you, yes that's appalling for numerous reasons... Pleb fan shouting for one.
Shouting about killing a player (I guess he meant smash, but if imthe word was kill, then it's further wrong)
Shouting at children in that manner (maybe he was young too though)
Then if course the racial slur.

The differences I'd see between this and the Marler incident is this:

Someone made a reference to kill you because of the colour of your skin...

Marler got the attention of a guy because of his heritage..

I'm no traveller/gypsy expert and where to two coincide (or don't as ths case may be)... But clearly they're both travelling people... So again, I can only suggest had he said "oi, welsh boy", "oi taffy boy", no one would really care...

Gypsy boy was not a great example of communicating with others... But, he did not threaten Lee with violence/death, he did not insult him as far as calling him a 'dirty', 'thieving', 'scummy' gypsy boy.... It was, I guess the same as someone saying "oi brown boy" or "south American boy" to you if you're involved in a scuffle of sorts.... Sure it's not cool, but when you look in the mirror, you'll see yourself and to describe yourself you might say the same thing.

I'm French but tanned due to South American heritage.
Lee - I'm welsh, I'm fair (and ginger which Marler could have said something about), and I'm from a travelling background.

It's nothing to be upset or offended by. Of course if someone threatens to kill you or abuse you for that reason then of course anyone would understand outrage!

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Six Nations set to introduce trial Bonus Points system in 2017

Too smart I'm afraid.... We'd make every other decision ever made looking awful, they can't risk that, so they'll employ the services of nitwits..

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Elliot Daly suspended for 3 weeks after red card for dangerous challenge

I think that's the exact reasoning.... It looks nasty, therefore doesn't do the game reputation any good (for some people)...

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Six Nations set to introduce trial Bonus Points system in 2017

Yes dan... and if you look at the talk surrounding a new team joining right now, we're saying something like 20 years... so we've gone from a 90 year gap, to a 20 year gap (potentially)... so we're looking at Georgia joining in 2020, then what following that trend it's 2024 before the next team joins, then we're down to about 2025... then after that it's a new team at least every couple months....

1 Week, 1 Day ago

USA Women's winger Naya Tapper banned for alleged kick

It's not Mrs Gonzoman is it????

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Argentina prop gets heavy ban after stamping on Joe Marler's face

Wife checks Dan's posts on RD.... mitigating circumstances for a comment like that... it was too a Frenchman....

Dan gets off without punishment, Frenchman gets further 2 week ban..

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Elliot Daly suspended for 3 weeks after red card for dangerous challenge

Wasn't there a Parisse red card when he did jump for the ball but got a shirt tug, ended up colliding and I think he saw a red for it....

1 Week, 1 Day ago