completely agree with you! all for the physicality but punches are not a part of it. retaliation has never been sanctioned, it's taught from a young age in rugby and its a good rule (short of a player being punched the crap out of then he's probably within his right to do something). »
great spot! you should have a job at the citing office, that was just outrageous, just such low behavior, because you know he'd never do anything in a fair fight, just hits people while they're down. what an absolute t**t. hope he gets nailed at some point, might knock this crap out of him.
to those saying he shouldn't be banned, it does look like he properly nails best in the face once then continues with two elbows (though they didn't exactly cause much harm) so I can't see a citing board really letting this go, regardless of his record. shame tho, thought he'd turned over a new leaf, would've thought being made captain of England for game would have stopped this.
knee to the head wasn't intentional which was what caused the knock out (i think) and although its still disgusting and I wouldn't wish it upon anyone, you could say this is karma for what davies did to ryan in the 6 nations