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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..

1 Month, 2 Weeks 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

1 Month, 2 Weeks 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...

1 Month, 2 Weeks 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...

1 Month, 2 Weeks 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...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

70m wonder try scored by 18 year old Gervais Cordin

Lucky bloody French fans.... here's another decent player their coach won't pick... they have so many now..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

SANZAAR release statement on Sonny Bill Williams continuing to play despite being knocked out

Don't disagree with the sentiments, but I'm not sure the business of rugby will allow players to push such 'weakness'.... *for clarification I'm writing this thinking from the rugby business point of view... not my own...

Players coming through at their sort of mid teens should be very aware of the field of play, they should be big and strong - carry a lot of muscle mass, but also fast and agile, they should be willing to put everything on the line so that when they leave the pitch they do so either by being carried off, or by using their reserve tank to get them into the changing rooms. Look at AB's v Aus, Australia had the game right up until that last minute, that is the 'never say die' attitude we want from players... players do not need to analyse their own bodies, they should be 100% focused on the game and the actions they need to take - the staff and medical staff can monitor a players health, not the player themselves. Any percentage of a players mind wondering if their toe is a little bit too sore to carry on, is a percentage not being used in the next ruck/maul/tackle/offload etc.

....Games these days are won and lost by inches, players need to be willing to lay everything on the line regardless of it's toll...


....that is my sentiments on how the game is being pushed as a business..... The problem is, we've seen a few rugby players now suffering the long term effects of concussion, but the generation coming through is the mk2-3 version of those players....so all the grit, dirt, aggression, BUT with added gym, nutrition and training....I think Mk4 players are already seeing the recipe for success and are probably too far gone, it's only probably the u10's these days that will be nurtured into not being vegetables in their mid 40's...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

New laws explained with two very informative pitch demos

I think we are all in the same line of thinking on a whole... and I do agree the farcical displays of scrums that we've had over the countless years have been ridiculous so it's good they have sorted that... although, I don't know if anyone remembers the days before crouch, touch, pause, engage or whatever and what that was like... I remember playing in the days before 'touch' came in.... (I think)... thought it was "crouch, engage"... but I don't recall the amount of failed scrums due to the calls... seems to me that when a scrum will go down, it'll go down... it's not particularly the calls - but I may be wrong (not being a front rower)...

Back to the Italy thing, ok, granted it was a bit of an odd display, however lets say Italy pulled that trick on the kiwis...I don't think it would be a long time before the kiwis racked up an obscene score by adapting their playing style, perhaps even forcing the Italians to go back to the ruck and compete again... I personally think for me, it smacks that a top tier team, with a top tier coach was made to look a bit silly for a while and therefore something must be done.... England by 100 points suddenly wasn't happening, so instead of adapting quicker, it's a better case of looking for someone else to blame... I mean perhaps there were many other coaches that were invited, but I can't help thing that some pacific island coach was left reading hand scribbled post it note saying "yeh all us important lot had a meeting and this is what we have decided everyone has to do now".... perhaps it was just unfortunate wording that Barnes used to describe the "barnsey and the boys" meeting that I've decided to run with.......











.....or maybe Wayne Barnes is a 'fucking cheat'...


*whistle*

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

New laws explained with two very informative pitch demos

Being a sport AND a business is probably possible, but I'm seeing a move more and more towards the business direction.

You say you had no issue with Italy's tactics, I was the same, but obviously a few 'elite' did have an issue and wanted to change how the game looks for fans....So suddenly less than a year later, we have a law change so Italy has to go back to the drawing board.... Seems odd to me.

There is too much crowd pleasing going on for me. I've played in an array of climates, dusty hard pitches where 15v15 was played a bit like a giant 7s game, frozen pitches, mud bath pitches, all of which required a different approach to the game, the game was for me and my team, the modest crowds drawn were there for a good Saturday out and to support their team -those people will be there rain, snow, or sun. This new approach is an attempt to drag across the pretty supporters who will turn their back at any moment. It's basically appeasing a bunch of fickle folk.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

New laws explained with two very informative pitch demos

I'm not sure I'm a fan of this concept of law changes - 'we met up with some of the top referees, top coaches, Eddie, Hansen etc'.... So basically the ol' boys club had a little meet up and decided on a bunch of changes that will suit them? I'm not an Italy fan particularly, but the pregame trash talking about putting them to the sword, tons of points etc, Italy employed a tactic that was within the laws and all it ended up with was a to tier coach complaining that it wasn't right/rugby ..Even though it was within the laws....And now we get a law change to suit?

Plus hearing Barnes saying "the punters come to see....".... Excuse me? Punters? So further cementing the fact that rugby is a business and not a sport....

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago