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Michael Hooper suspended for one week for striking Nicolas Sanchez

Was Hooper REALLY going to fly from Argentina back to Sydney, to play a low level (all relative) club game for Manly...a week before the bloody bledisloe?! Surely Cheika wants his whole squad together to prepare.

16 Hours, 52 Minutes ago

Michael Hooper suspended for one week for striking Nicolas Sanchez

Just a thought - if bans are only significant in terms of how many games a player will miss, why do the IRB issue bans based on time. I get the impression things would be a lot less messy and open to dispute if a player is banned for x number of games, rather than x number of weeks?

20 Hours, 15 Minutes ago

Incredible backflip pass by Nathan Friend leads to great Rugby League Try

Also spent some time down under. I want to grab every Australian by their shoulders and give them a shake. Someone has to tell them that all of their best players are playing the wrong bloody game! It's got to the point where I much prefer to watch a game of NRL to a game of super rugby - purely because of the quality of players.

This is coming from someone who's played and watched union all their life. Make these freaks of nature play the better code and we would have something very, very special.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Incredible backflip pass by Nathan Friend leads to great Rugby League Try

With moments like this it's hardly surprising union is dying out in Australia. The NRL is absolutely incredible.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Israel Folau's 2015 Video Tribute as he agrees to new three year ARU contract

Players are now allowed a 1 year sabbatical.

Explained here:

http://en.espn.co.uk/australia/rugby/story/238973.html

Sounds as if the ARU have desperately wanted to keep Folau in union so added this in.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Midweek Madness - The Top 5 Slaps In Rugby

Top notch banter in the write up. Superb work RD.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Japie Mulder's perfect tackle on Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final

@Guy I heard that about his rib too. Absolutely heroic. One of my favourite tackles of all time.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

Thankfully your personal desire to assault Ashton is not relevant, DrG.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

I’m probably dragging this out a lot more than it needs to be. My point is that punching is unacceptable full stop. A rugby pitch can never give you context to attack someone. So why do fans behave otherwise?

On Tuilagi, if you accept adrenalin as a mitigating circumstance in rugby, then why not outside of rugby? Realistically how high up Manu’s to do list is ‘spontaneous throttling session’? We don't know the full details of the case, but you don't just throttle a taxi driver without provocation - for me that sounds like something that would get the adrenalin flowing. You either accept both or neither. For me it's neither.

Consideration of both intent and outcome is of course very important. Too often one is ignored or the concepts are conflated. Again, we don't know the full details, but from what we have both the intent and outcome seems far more sinister when he attacks Ashton, does it not? I certainly know what I'd rather be on the receiving end of.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

I'm comparing the reactions of rugby fans to two specific incidents and showing the hypocrisy of it. So this third hypothetical situation you've dreamt up has no relevance to what I've said.

It's not who the action is done to that's important here, it's where it takes place. Apparently many believe a rugby pitch is exempt from the rules of normal life.

It's becoming far too easy to label someone a troll simply because you disagree with what they say.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago