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Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Haven't heard about those US lawsuits. Must be interesting as far as the law is concerned.
I hope Rugby won't follow that line anyway. Imagine a kind of "smoking kills" like adverstisement on rugby shirts :-)
1, 2, 3 everybody pukes.
I am quiet confident. English and continental law may be completely different, but they both can be opposed to the US legal culture which tend to see negligence everywhere and make it easier to sue "deep pockets" even where there is no mistake commited. Sometimes it hurts but its no one's fault. In those cases, I rather have every player/club/country pay for a kind of mutual insurance that helps badly injured players. Better than a lawsuit pretending someone was negligent.

3 Days, 5 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Not sure either :-) Something like there may seem to be a paradoxal evolution which sees on one hand player faking injuries (Huget did, not so long ago if I am not mistaken) and playing the ref, and on the other hand, there is an increasing admiration of the media/public for battering rams and destroyers.
Ok I confess I enjoy watching Try Saver and Rib Breakers... but I feel guilty about it!
As far as rugby is concerned, I m a bit conservative, even romantic one may say.

3 Days, 5 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Took me some times to figure out what 1/2p means :-) Luckily I also read this article on the BBC regarding Halfpenny's technique!
There is of course a difference between suing a player who injured you on one occasion and suing "the game itself" (officials, coaches...) for beeing rough.
In english law there s a saying: "he who comes to equity must come with clean hands". I could use latin but then it would be too obvious I m a lawyer and I wouldn't dare coming here anymore :-) Anyway, 1/2p s technique beeing questionnable he could sue but he would likely loose. Especially now that its public knowledge. He knows he s doing it wrong and can't hide it.
Even without any wrongdoing from the "victim" I don't think the outcome would be very different because as you said, one has to take some responsibility. I guess it would be different in case of serious injury following an infrigement of the concussion protocol for exemple.
As any sport at professionnal level, rugby is unhealthy. Way more than many other sports because of its nature. Now with the money and pressure involved, it really needs rules and a respectful spirit more than ever. For me, pretending to be injured is as bad as deliberately trying to injure.

3 Days, 9 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

One must say, most people stay relatively cool and respectful here. This is part of why RD is so enjoyable. So good luck to old timers.
Even if this topic is particularly tricky (Lawes being an awful vilain - haha) it's not that bad. I might even eventually find an agreement with Jimmy23!

4 Days, 8 Hours ago

England and France's Twickenham thriller not enough in dramatic title chase

Yes that Twickenham french attack with their Rome defense... that would be an uber-team. But i m not sure it's just possible to have those two teams together on the field.

4 Days, 11 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Interesting point, law suits. I d hate a world where everything could lead to one, but there has to be a limit. The rule is that you can't hurt someone (assault and battery, or homicide). Sport, as medical practice, is an exception to that rule. As such it should receive a strict interpretation. Meaning as soon your behaviour is not part of the exception. There has to be consent from the victim, wich is the case for normal risks, inherent to the game as you said. As soon as there is an infringement of the game's rules... it gets tricky. why not sue someone who made a clear spear tackle and send you to the hospital for the rest of your life? I don't think "be a man" can be the answer to that. Still, spear tackles used to be allowed so i d undestand if people disagree on that point. In continental law at least you could be prosecuted without any complaint from the victim. I don't know if it ever happened tough. Imagine a player biting another (it happened to a fellow player VS a romanian team) and doing serious damage... it would be only fair that the biter is prosecuted imho. If not, then it's not sport anymore, its gladiator stuff.

4 Days, 12 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

that's why i m against 4x4 also :-)

5 Days, 9 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

As someone stated, it is late in any case. Question being wether it is acceptable or not. Maybe the timing in itself was acceptable. Its not late by much. Its the whole thing that looks nasty to me.

5 Days, 9 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

"nansy pansy".
just kidding.
education can do the job better than laws.
but reading the comments its pretty clear most people crave for this kind of stuff. and to a certain degree i must confess i do too.

5 Days, 10 Hours ago

England and France's Twickenham thriller not enough in dramatic title chase

Indeed it may. Its not obvious that the ball is lost. I think if he wasnt with his feet on the line no one would have questionned him beeing in control of the ball. But then he had is feet on the line at the exact same time the ball touches the ground. And I must say I dont know what to do with that! I was fair to reward him with a try but not sure it was the "legaly right" decision.
So to me it should be one french and two english tries less. but then again, the ref is the ref and I wouldn't have it any other way. I don't think he was particularly biased. In the beginning of the game he seemed pretty quick to whistle then he let play a lot and it was a beautiful game.

5 Days, 11 Hours ago