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George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Very interesting about the cognitive tests...

Although: "Subsequent scans revealed his brain function had been reduced to just above that of someone with special needs and he was advised to retire."

Not entirely sure what they'd reveal in the majority of front row forwards and Chris Ashton...

""Things got so bad I couldn't even remember my pin number"

Happened to me during my dissertation, I went about 48 hours with no sleep... needed some cash and froze at the machine. Although it was sleep related for me, it was pretty frightening... especially as later that day after some sleep it just came to me. Can't imagine how terrifying it would be to know it was something to do with a head injury.

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

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2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

Jumping over players is not always a guaranteed option, how many times have you seen a player dive to ground the ball and sort of be up on their feet as they're sliding almost instantly, in which case jumping would send you straight into him.

Anyway, I'm not saying it would ever be the case here, as North was not in much of a position to get up after scoring... just putting it out there.

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Another Leigh Halfpenny concussion prompts questions about tackling technique

Hence why I want to see other angles, it looked to me like he sort of stepped out the way, jumped out the way..

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Nick Williams cited for dangerous challenge that sent Rhys Patchell to hospital

I'm happy for someone to challenge and sway my view, but I think this is a red.

Personally I can't figure out what is going on with Williams right arm, I don't see why it would improve his entrance to the maul by tucking it in..

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

I don't know whether this is truly intentional, a freak accident, or a player trying to sort of 'impose' himself by showing how 'close' he was to getting North. However whatever happened I'd be inclined to label this as reckless so I can sort of see where the red is coming from.

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

George North knocked out again as Nathan Hughes gets red card for knee

...To be fair, it wasn't like he had to go looking far either...

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

England and France's Twickenham thriller not enough in dramatic title chase

Thank you for your reply. Thats great to hear about Trinh Duc, of course his inclusion makes France a better team; which isn't necessarily a good thing for a non French fan, however it pains me to see how relatively badly France are playing in this current moment of time. So him being included is brilliant. As for the other names, obviously Para and Fofana are big names, I think I've heard of the other 2 (Autumn internationals?). Great to see France become a big force to be reckoned with once again!

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Another Leigh Halfpenny concussion prompts questions about tackling technique

I'm not sure double standards is quite the right word. No one here is having a go at 1/2p. I'm far from a welsh fan, but 1/2p is a quality player in his own right and it's nice to see someone playing well in their career and having a decent career. If Sextons tackling technique gets him injured then it's something people will start to look at and scrutinise, but this tackle example from 1/2p is a near identical one to a past effort. I gave him the benefit of the doubt on the past effort as I don't think he'd have stopped a try any other way, however there was nothing really 'on' here that he could have stopped, other than a rampaging rhinoceros from making it another 20-30 metres until the try line, so just grabbing his laces would have done enough..

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Looking back at a classic Steve Walsh moment as he announces retirement

Guessing I'm the odd one out here, but I actually never minded Steve Walsh, I thought the bloke allowed some great running rugby. I know laws are laws, but I always felt Walsh sort of allowed the game to play itself, without too much intervention, he talked a lot, but he talked to both teams.

Some say he was bad, or made bad calls... If that is true, I can only see at least he was consistent at it and both teams got the same treatment...rather than it all being one team.

I've come across numerous referees in my time playing, some of them will blow for everything; leaving a hand resting on the ball when I laid it back to sort of stable it after getting tackled and being blown up for not releasing the ball was a wonderful penalty against me once... especially when apparently the opposition wasn't even competing.. Then you have other referees that will talk and warn players who are infringing and give them a moment to redress their errors rather than blowing the whistle every time.. obviously repetitions are dealt with differently, but those were the better referees in my opinion..

3 Weeks, 20 Hours ago