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New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

I would be interested to see how a referee would adjudicate a situation in which two players compete for the ball and the player who does not catch the ball lands dangerously.

Clearly the directives have gone too far but it would be foolish to do away completely with outcome in the decision procedure. Rather than a rigid, rule based system it should be left to the officials to come to a sensible case by case decision that blends action with outcome.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Connacht snatch win over Wasps after new law directive calamity

In that instance, it was a case of subjective misinterpretation of the laws. This case is different. It's a complete lack of knowledge of the laws on behalf of the ref. The result should still stand but mistakes like this should not happen.

4 Weeks, 13 Hours ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

It is shocking regardless of gender.

But I would be inclined to argue that intergender assault is far worse.

1 Month, 23 Hours ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

Equating the NFL with rugby is an even sillier argument than the previous. Even if they were somehow equatable, I've still never seen someone jump for the ball, get clipped, do a somersault and score.

Are you honestly saying outcome is irrelevant when deciding matters?

1 Month, 1 Week ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

You have to consider consequence and action. Imagine a situation where someone takes a swing and misses completely. Is that as bad as a punch that connects? Clearly not. Should it still be punished to some degree? Clearly. A balance has to be struck between the two.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

There's no practical purpose to discussing a hypothetical situation that never has or ever will happen

1 Month, 1 Week ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

Severity of consequence is a very strong indicator of danger of action. Of course the action changes how someone falls. What else would?

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Hilarious footage of wing Jonny May trying to scrum goes viral

Struggling to come to terms with just how moronic May must be.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

World Rugby announces Player of the Year 2016 nominees

Has to be Beauden, surely

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Wallabies disallowed try viewed as a major turning point in loss

It's really not that unlikely at all that Savea could have stopped him

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago