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Ross Moriarty choke hold on Nicolas Sanchez mars Wales series win

Well said - I'm glad someone else noticed Moriarty's initial flying shoulder.

If he starts the whole thing with dangerous play and then chokes a guy and won't let go, the opposition should be allowed to kick his head in and he should be subsequently banned. As others mentioned, he was told to stop choking Sanchez several times and didn't stop, so either you wait to see how that unfolds, or you use physical force to get him off (Argentina no. 7).

6 Hours, 25 Minutes ago

Eddie Jones on Kiwi Brad Shields starting for England against Springboks

Is Brad from England? Has he ever lived or played there?

Anyway, my comment wasn't antagonistic, it was to say that people who are getting outraged over this have loads of other examples to get outraged over. it's nothing new.

1 Day, 14 Hours ago

Eddie Jones on Kiwi Brad Shields starting for England against Springboks

Just the latest in a long line of New Zealanders/South Africans/Fijians being picked to play for countries they have no link to. It's sad, but it's also possible under the current ridiculous eligibility rules.

France are guilty of it, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland. Only South Africa and Argentina can claim to be more or less ok from this point of view.

4 Days, 10 Hours ago

Ugly stamp angers neutrals in France vs New Zealand U20s match

I think the bias is there for everyone to see (outside of New Zealand). There are many incidents like this and like the ones mentioned above (BOD, Hore etc.) where All Blacks get off scot free, and the 2011 world cup final was the most farcically biased refereeing I've ever seen. The fact that it takes 50 penalties or whatever on average is partly due to 'intelligent' penalties, but intelligence can only explain a part of the enormous disparity.

In addition to that, the New Zealand bias is evidenced by the fact that their precious haka is so protected and teams get fined if they don't cower sufficiently during it.

4 Days, 11 Hours ago

Flip van der Merwe slams ban after pushing referee out the way

Ridiculous. If the referee deems it to be inappropriate, he can give a yellow card. Waiting until after the match and banning the guy for a month is ridiculous. Especially considering that there have been far worse cases of pushing a referee that have ended in no consequences.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Tevita Nabura sees red for shocking flying kick to Cam Clark's face

No chance that he was falling and raised his leg just for balance. He's even looking at the chap as he kicks him in the face. It wasn't a natural movement at all. He probably didn't mean to kick him but rather wanted to scare him away by putting his boot up and expected Clark not to get any closer, but at the end of the day, a boot in the face is a boot in the face.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Faf de Klerk massive carry knocks out Danny Cipriani amidst dramatic finish

Yeah, i thought you were allowed to lead with the ball-carrying arm but not the other one. Although i'm not sure.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Controversies galore as Munster knock out Toulon with brilliant late try

At full speed i understand that it travels towards the try line. When you're tackled and your momentum stops, then should flat not be flat?

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Controversies galore as Munster knock out Toulon with brilliant late try

Am I the only one that thought the Trinh Duc pass was blatantly forward? Everybody thought it was at first, and the replay shows that it was. This whole thing of calling a pass flat when it's not is ridiculous. Flat has to mean flat. If it's flat but a little bit forward, then it's not flat, it's forward.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ugly scenes amidst referee shocker as Spain fail to qualify for the World Cup

If it was as evident that he was crooked as is made out in the article and by people commenting then i don't see the problem. It's not like world rugby would ever, ever come out and say, "Yeah, sorry, he was crooked, and we were idiots to put him there in the first place, we'll have a replay of that match". They'd sweep it under the carpet. And this is after the Spanish players' dream has gone up in smoke, all thanks to one dishonest person. So the only bit of justice served is what the snake would get on the pitch from the players. Knowing that someone like that got off scot free is even more appalling, in my opinion.

This is assuming he was crooked, of course.

3 Months, 1 Day ago