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Namibian warrior Jacques Burger announces he will play his final game of rugby

That's one guy that definitely earned his retirement. Enjoy it and thanks so much for the splendid memories.

11 Hours, 23 Minutes ago

Crowd get involved in Biarritz and Béziers juniors massive off-field scrap

I am not at all a fan of those all-in-brawls between rugby players and/or teams. But the crowd getting involved is taking it to a whole new, ugly level.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Referee Nigel Owens puts stroppy Sergio Parisse in his place

Basicly I agree with you. But just maybe Nigel Owens knows how Parisse must feel at this moment in the match and in his career and decides to take this into account and therefor lets this one (walking away) slip. If so, it makes him an even better, at least more human, referee in my opinion.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

Well, maybe you should read Marler's statement then. Way before World Rugby took this ridiculous decision he already stated that whatever the ruling would be, he would accept it.

To put this story in perspective: French politician Le Pen was fined € 5000 by a French court for knowingly and consiously stating things about Roman people that I wouldn't even consider repeating here. Marler's punishment is completely out of proportion.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

Both Marler and Lee handled this case examplary and very mature. Too bad World Rugby had to intervene. The message I deduct from this saga: if you do something stupid, don't feel sorry and don't try to solve is as two adults. World Rugby will slap your ass with a big fine and a suspension anyway.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Silvère Tian red carded for insulting referee Romain Poite

The strange thing is that when the Honey Badger made the 'sweating like a gypsy with a mortgage' comment in a post game interview, everybody laughed their balls out of their pants. Seems like World Rugby is once again consistently inconsistent.

Just to be clear: I have no problem at all with that quote and I think Marler and Lee handled everything extremely well between themselves.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Silvère Tian red carded for insulting referee Romain Poite

Looks like a classic case of roid rage. I would test him immediately. Zero tolerance for this kind of behaviour anyway.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Life ban for horrific deliberate kick to the head by club player in Argentina

That's even worse. Bees are rapidly becoming an extinct species.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Johnny Sexton blasted by fans and players for playacting

Meh...can't agree with you. At all. The only reason why Sexton did what he did was because he chose to do so. Surely he has been targeted the whole tournament and off course there might have been inconsistencies in refereeing. But that can neither be a reason nor justification for a) taking matters into your own hands or b) start playacting to get the referees attention. He's completely responsible for his own actions.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Tomas Francis only penalised but then cited for contact with Dan Cole's eyes

Sempere was supposedly convicted based on photographic evidence (which to be honest can look more damning than video) and bruises around the eyes of Ayerza. He got 15 weeks. Gabrillagues also got 8 weeks but pleaded guilty, whereas Sempere didn't.

Dan (below) suggests that everyone 'knows' France have a problem. Now I'm not sure that goes for all of France but it is quite extraordinairy that currently 3 players of the same club (Stade) have been suspended fot this kind of foul play. Back in 2009 there was Dupuy (also Stade) who was sentenced to 24 weeks and in 2010 Attoub (also Stade) got 70 weeks.

So statistically the average sentence is getting lower ;-)

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago