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USA 7's player Perry Baker kicks pitch invader after thuggish tackle

Joey Barton is also a convicted violent felon.

I'm fully onboard with the idea that he's a reforming/reformed character, but his past leaves quite a lot of doubt about his likeability, imo.

Anyway, Barton or Armitage, the principle about professionals not retaliating in the face of fan provocation remains.

4 Days, 11 Minutes ago

USA 7's player Perry Baker kicks pitch invader after thuggish tackle

Agree completely. Be a huge shame if rugby felt the need to go with heavy policing.

4 Days, 2 Hours ago

USA 7's player Perry Baker kicks pitch invader after thuggish tackle

Afraid I don't agree - take Delon Armitage, in hot water for cussing a fan who was abusing him. Same principle applies, as understandable as his reaction was, he shouldn't do it.

I would also draw a distinction between retaliation and defending yourself. The latter is fine, the former is not - and kicking the tackler was an example of retaliation. Anyway, I hope the IRB will settle for warning all players that they can't do something like this. Be a real shame if they felt they had to make an example of a bloke who I think we all sympathise with.

5 Days, 1 Hour ago

USA 7's player Perry Baker kicks pitch invader after thuggish tackle

This is all factually true.

The invader here, what a complete dickhead. I'd have had a modicum of respect if the dude had have been naked, but fully clothed? Total loser. Anyone know his name? Can someone dropkick his nuts into next year?

I would add re. the USA player. Mate, you can't retaliate. Among other things, the IRB now have a reason to go after you. It sucks, but the moral of the story is that players can't sink to the level of the moron in the stands.

6 Days, 33 Minutes ago

Match winning try scored by boy with Down Syndrome goes viral

Completely awesome video. As I tell everyone, rugby is THE game for all shapes and sizes; you just need a big heart. No bigger heart than Ethan's.

6 Days, 45 Minutes ago

Hairy f*cking Italian Martin Castrogiovanni rants about c*nt Richard Cockerill

I think Castro has been reprimanded by Toulon, and there may be further consequences yet.

I'm on the fence in terms of never slagging off your former boss. Clearly sometimes it is petulant and unjustified, but sometimes, the player may have a point. And imo, he has just as much right to make it as a former employer does.

Part of the professional era is that players sometimes do get smeared by former employers; that's what Castro feels happened here, and if so, then I don't have a problem with him saying so... though perhaps not in these amazing terms!

1 Week, 3 Days ago

NEW T-Shirt - Peace and Love, I just don't like C*nts

Hands down, my favourite quote is:

"if you have been a c*nt - how you say in English - I never want to speak to you any more."

Just love the pause to check he's using the c-word correctly.

But what you chose works better for the shirt. Nice work.

1 Week, 3 Days ago

Leicester Tigers beat European champions Toulon at Welford Road

Heh. I've read a couple of excerpts, I kinda want to see the look in Castro's eyes when he calls his former boss a c..[edited out before RD gets to it].

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Leicester Tigers beat European champions Toulon at Welford Road

Was rather hoping for a clip of the Castrogiovanni interview, where apparently he used the full Anglo-Saxon lexicon to describe Richard Cockerill.

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Two fans banned following investigation into homophobic abuse of referee

I probably wasn't clear enough in my original post. What I meant was if there is an incident like this, and the guilty parties got their tix through a club, I would not automatically ban that club from future allocations as a result of one incident. If there was a repeat incident with the same club, totally different matter.

Very happy however for the RFU to put all clubs on notice, I think just the news that the RFU is getting tough on this stuff - and the risk of shaming a club associated with bigoted idiots - should be enough to incentivise clubs to police their own.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

 
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