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World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Hartley doesn't represent my team so it doesn't matter if he represents England to me.... I think Hartley's ban was fairly lenient IF it wasn't an accident, however when you tot up how weak a tackle it would have been had he not hit SOB in the head then one is left ruling out a legitimate tackle leaving 2 options, he simply wanted to stiff arm SOB in the head, or he was trying to knock the ball out.... Given his priors you'd be forgiven. For automatically jumping to the former.... But given his recent success with England and his current good form, you'd be simple if you didn't even consider the fact it may have been an accident.

Either way, it happened and he was banned.

It's a tough sport and either legit or illegitimate hits come in and we are taught to roll with them, not take a backwards step (even consider little Stringer here!) and at the end of it, be a semi decent bloke, if that means apologising to someone you punched in the face then so be it.... But someone clearly forgot those lessons in Papes curriculum....

You say he's actually not a bad bloke (disciplinary wise). Put it this way, I'd rather be a Hartley than a diving prick like Pape... And the amusing thing about that is, if you're a pape or have a pape on your team then you're actually more likely to have a better chance of winning by getting others sent off... Unlike Hartley which could easily leave you with 14 men!

Let's not forget Pape is no angel, I noted in the other video that prior to the game where he was punched in the stomach for holding on to SOB, he also kneed Jamie Heaslip in the back.... And how unfairly he was treated for that right? The referees words? Something like, "it wasn't an accident" - yellow card!!!!

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Sanitation at it's finest... might as well remove all risk in the game and playing walking touch...

1 Month, 2 Hours ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

Maybe if Pape learned to keep his knees to himself in other games and his hands to himself in that game the Irish wouldn't feel the need to deal out their own retribution...

1 Month, 4 Hours ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Because the entirety of D2 in France already sets a gleaming example to the youth.....

1 Month, 6 Hours ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

How can you consider punishing a bloke for standing still and having a guy run face first into him???!?! It's a farce!

1 Month, 6 Hours ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

Wouldn't it have been a wonderful ending to the video to see a couple of oppositional and a couple of team mates just lay into that prick.

This is abysmal for a start, I see what Dan means about the fact this is a woman is almost a moot point as anything like this on an official is terrible, but I disagree in the sense than it just goes to show how much of a prick that guy is an how low he is willing to go.

If anyone knows this guy, tell him he's a bellend from me!

1 Month, 6 Hours ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

RD is an article on Davies coming along?

1 Month, 1 Day ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

*above the waist ....*whistle*

The headbones connected to the footbone...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Cane incident is the worst incident to apply to these new laws... In my opinion at least (for what it's worth)... Cane didn't as much tackle Henshaw as let Henshaw run into him face first... So to sanction the guy is wrong....

...but again...my opinion that may not be shared...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Yeh Jimmy and noir, or maybe, JUST maybe, the latest Hartley 'incident' was a complete genuine accident! I'm happy for anyone to think whatever they want about it, I'm not really convinced one way or the other, but if Hartley was a complete angel, we'd all think 50-50's or (whatever proportion you reckon) was probably an accident....

In which case stripping him completely of captaincy could be deemed quite hard

1 Month, 1 Day ago