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Referee Angus Gardner dissects controversial mid-air contest rulings

I'm struggling to see what's so ambiguous about World Rugby's directives surrounding the high ball. Players have to have a duty of care to those in the air. Hoiles' opinion is so moronically dangerous.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Nicolas Sanchez banned for dangerous challenge after only being penalised

Was Sanchez ever in a realistic position to compete for the ball?

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Steven Luatua banned for 4 weeks after tackle on Tim-Nanai Williams

I quite like the high ball ruling being used vis a vis hips above shoulders

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Steven Luatua receives straight red card for dangerously high tackle

Apart from Nanai Williams head butting Luatua's forearm, can we also admire the glorious break from Kerr Barlow. Absolutely untouched through the defence

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Is that a joke?

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

I saw an interesting tweet saying that Italy's tactic should be viewed as the greatest compliment anyone has ever paid England since the 2003 World Cup

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

Call me a one eyed Englishman, but Moriarty only really begins to accelerate after the ball is gone. He deliberately commits to a man without the ball. Lawes is accelerating the whole way and is committed to tackling a man in possession of the ball. Both players had the intent to hurt, but only one of them carried it out in a legal manner.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

2017 Six Nations: Best of social media from Round Two

Agree with Greenwood. Moriarty was making a serious physical impression around the park (not that I wan't to condone his cheap shot on Farrell). It's early days in his career but he looks to suit the modern game very well. It's a massive, massive loss for England that he chose to play for Wales.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

France's Caroline Boujard cited after reckless mid-air tackle

I would say that jumping for the ball means the defender has to check before they make the hit, meaning you're less likely to get clattered (wo)man and ball as you catch it (unless you get clattered in the air that is)

1 Year, 4 Months ago

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 Year, 5 Months ago