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Flip van der Merwe suspended for one week for dangerous play

It's not just in the interest of maintaining rugby values, from a more selfish point of view it's in the interest of the player not to protest to a referee. A referee has never turned around and said, "yeah you're right, penalty reversed." All that happens is he gets pissed off at the player for whining and is more likely to penalise him again later.

I do, however, sympathise with the Parrisse case, when he genuinely didn't know what he was being sent off for. But that's a different situation.

1 Year, 3 Weeks ago

New Zealand in strong position following bonus point win over Argentina

Totally agree regarding Tuilagi. The "just a battering ram" comment is an easy, go-to criticism which gets churned out every time Tuilagi makes a big hit and ends up on the highlights reel. The same people who are quick to criticise Tuilagi seem less keen when talking about Roberts.

1 Year, 4 Weeks ago

New Zealand in strong position following bonus point win over Argentina

My mistake thought it was just a replay. He's still offside.

1 Year, 4 Weeks ago

New Zealand in strong position following bonus point win over Argentina

Read was well offside. Hands on by the scrum half is not the same as ball out. Whilst it means nothing in the grand scheme of things, you would've thought the ref could've checked it with the TMO.

1 Year, 4 Weeks ago

Rory Kockott misses long range penalty but tries again with dropgoal

Haha I don't think I could ever forget a French wooden spoon kadova ;) sorry

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Rory Kockott misses long range penalty but tries again with dropgoal

Thanks for the response. I'm not sure about you but Machanaud really didn't impress me in the 6 nations. Other than the final, I don't watch Top 14 games so I haven't really got a grasp on how good Kockott is.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Rory Kockott misses long range penalty but tries again with dropgoal

To raise an issue other than the tedious point of nationality - can a frenchman on this forum please tell me why France have seemingly turned their back on one of the best scrum halfs in the world? Morgan parra, just 24, is surely the best option France have at 9? What is saint-Andre doing picking mechenaud and why is Kockott now being considered?

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Manu Tuilagi apologises for 'bunny ears' prank on prime minister

Some articles are saying Brian Moore called Tuilagi a prat. As a matter of my own personal opinion this is what he actually tweeted.

"Tuilagi - those of you saying you're offended; are you, are you really - isn't 'What a prat' the highest you can put it?"

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Dimitri Yachvili carded for swinging arm on Delon Armitage

What did he do to O'Driscoll?

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Two Argentina players cited after eye-gouge and biting claims in Mendoza

Disagree. Louw's reaction wasn't enough to sanction a penalty. In fact it was almost nothing. The same goes for Etzebeth. He's hardly right hooked him in the face?

1 Year, 2 Months ago

 
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