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Referee Angus Gardner dissects controversial mid-air contest rulings

I do believe that commercial interest play a big part in the development of the game during the last decade.

To keep a steady amount of cash flowing first of all you need to keep the game attractive to the spectator. Now I know that a lot of hardcore rugby afficionado's are not big fans of some of the new laws and interpretations. But it might just be that those changes do land well with the average rugby spectator.

Second thing is that, if you want the sport and the profits to be sustainable in the future, you need to keep building the sport (and therefor the spectator base) from grassroot level up. Now I am a parent. Generally speaking I don't think many parents would choose a sport with a high risk of serious injury (be it anything ranging from concussion to a broken neck) for their kids. So it is in the interest of the sport in the long future to make decisions in the interest of player welfare at top level.

Quite a few people seem to be convinced that the risk of a serious injury while contesting the ball in the air, is quite small. That might just be so for professional players. I guess the risks at grassroot level might be a lot higher.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Nicolas Sanchez banned for dangerous challenge after only being penalised

Before that he also ran an obstructional (is this a word?) line.

1 Week, 6 Days ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

Hmmmm...this should be attached to Stroudos post above. Twice.

2 Weeks, 19 Hours ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

FFS Stroudos...just spilled my coffee over my keyboard. I know you did that Peter North thing on purpose.

2 Weeks, 19 Hours ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

FFS Stroudos...just spilled my coffee over my keyboard. I know you did that Peter North thing on purpose.

2 Weeks, 19 Hours ago

England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

The fact that you can do nothing to defeat that, is one of the reasons I, as a neutral will always support England. Even when England plays NZ. I know part of the hostility towards the English team might be rooted in a collonial past or some other historic issue.

But I actually think rugby supporters should be above this. Say what you want but every Six Nations tournament England has the thoughest draw. Why? Because everybody (except maybe the Azzuri) would love to drink English blood. And every team seems to be able to raise their intensity every now and then just to make some English lives miserable.

In the end that might just be the proper preparation for next WC. Time will tell.

2 Weeks, 20 Hours ago

Werner Kok explodes as Sevuloni Mocenacagi gets sent off in Las Vegas 7s final

Well, at least Kok did not attempt to milk the situation.

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

What Rugby Gave Me, John Goldman

Epic!

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

I guess it was a smart tactic but my guess is teams will learn to deal with it very quickly. Since a few of the defending team are in front of the ball, there must be more space somewhere else on the pitch.

In a way I understand what Eddie Jones means. I know rugby is a game of evasion but if teams are constantly looking for tactics that avoid any kind of contact around a ruck..., well it is definitely not what we are used to.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

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

Maybe the coaches instructed him to go out and empty the tank all guns blazing for 50 minutes. And maybe they trusted the subs to finish the job. You can ask yourself if he would have been able to continue at this pace for the last 30 minutes.

1 Month, 1 Week ago