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Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Skelton seems to be prone to this kind of stuff but ffs World Rugby: do something to stamp out play acting...pleeeeaaaaasssse! So infuriating to watch.

15 Hours, 17 Minutes ago

Saracens secure draw with hard fought Chris Ashton try in extra time

In all honesty: nice to see Ashton still score tries.

22 Hours, 31 Minutes ago

Tusi Pisi sees red for in the air challenge during breakthrough Bristol win

You are absolutely right. It is impossible to take all these things in consideration. If player welfare is so important, why not ban up and unders altogether? That would definitely solve this conundrum and promote running rugby.

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Connacht snatch win over Wasps after new law directive calamity

Basicly I don't have a problem with this outcome. The penalty happened before time was officially up and the whistle sounds before the clock turns red. On the other hand so much illegal stuff seems to be going on at the resulting maul, including blatantly coming in from the side (although that might have something to do with the camera angle) that I don't understand how the try was given anyway.

Nevertheless the referee should be up to date with the laws at all times.

4 Weeks, 23 Hours ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

Have to agree with you, Tetley. This kind of tackle on a person that's not even expecting physical contact at all (since she's a referee, not a player) is so dangerous that I wouldn't have any problem with a lifetime ban.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

Stroudos oh Stroudos wherefore art thou Stroudos?

1 Month, 5 Days ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Ah, NZPhill...sigh. Good memories.

1 Month, 5 Days ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

I am a littlebit surprised that I somehow actually managed to feel sorry for Hartley. No idea where that came from and I guess I am the only one.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien 1 for that!

1 Month, 6 Days ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

I guess the problem here is that, while the ball is still airborne, Thomstone decides to go for the tackle instead of going for the ball. If it was a fair challenge for the ball with the same outcome (North knocked out cold) probably no sanction would have been given. The moment he decides to become the tackler he is responsible for the safety of the ball carrier.

Don't get me wrong: I don't like this jumping into a tackler. At all. But the laws don't really cover this aspect unless the action is unsportsmanlike or unsafe. And since North jumped for a ball in the air I don't think you can argue it was either unsportsmanlike or unsafe.

1 Month, 1 Week ago