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New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

Mad. You cannot remove risk from a contact sport but World Rugby are hellbent on trying at any cost.

Re: this particular incident. I would be more in favour of World Rugby ruling that it is now illegal to jump for a high ball. At the moment the message is so confused, you are entitled to challenge in the air, but depending on the random outcome of two legally airborne players colliding, one of you might get sent off.

On a side point, is anyone else as depressed as I am that the majority of rugby chat (including videos on this website) is now about what sanction should have been received, or what length of ban should be handed out. Rather than, you know, about rugby.

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

Also Roland does speak to Habana about making too much of it. Stop being so defensive.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

Did you miss when he stamped on someones face?! I was tempted to put the Habana one up (i mention it in my first comment) but it's not in the same league as Hugets.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f4Tq7f0xec

This was the first really clear opportunity to make an example on the field of a dive and Clancy bottled it. And subsequently the IRB afterwards. Huget adding to his CV for worlds least likable rugby player.

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1 Month, 6 Days ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

You're right. I think a yellow at the time is sufficient and if applied consistently would stamp it out. But since this hasn't happened I think a one-week ban is required. World Rugby need to show they are serious about this.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

If pape stays on his feet like a man it's a penalty and we all get on with it. Papé needs a ban.

This is how it starts, habana took a dive a while ago, huget has dived, morgan parra is always diving, and we laugh about it and hope it goes away. RD send funny T-Shirts to Habanas teammates. A form of public 'shaming' goes on. But nothing has actually changed, nobody has actually been punished. After the furore has died down all that remains is that play acting got a player sent off and benefited the team of the cheat. If nothing is done, every time it happens the backlash will be less. Comments like 'well he shouldn't have raised his hands' will becomes prevalent. 'He should know you can't get away with that anymore' and we start focussing on the person that provoked the dive rather than the pussy who took a dive. And then you're where football is now.

Rugby needs to act, send a message ban diving players so that the team is actually punished and coaches will therefore condemn it. Thinking a players hurt pride will stop them from cheating to benefit the team is Naive in the extreme.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

CJ Stander banned for 1 week after red card for knocking out Pat Lambie

Dr G makes a very good point. To disagree you'll have to counter some of his arguments, as I'll counter yours Bunn.

Firstly, late: It doesn't matter if Stander jumps after the ball has left Lambies boot (and even this is so close it's debatable) because he is attempting a charge down. Stander can jump after the ball leaves his boot and still charge it down, he is going for the ball. It would only be late if the ball had passed him by before he jumped.

Secondly, charging down players often turn to avoid a ball in the face. I suppose you could use this as a basis for some sort of illegality, but it's a bit weak.

Be a shame if he gets a ban, he and Ireland were punished sufficiently (too much in my opinion) with a red.

7 Months, 6 Days ago

George Pisi demolishes opposite number Mark Bennett with huge hit

I don't think anyone is glorifying the fact that Bennet was out cold, nobody wants to see that. But big hits are the reason most of us play rugby, when I go out on the field I want to smash people (legally), and I expect everyone wearing a different coloured shirt than me to attempt to do the same to me. That's why rugby is fun!

The collisions just thankfully aren't quite as extreme in 4th team rugby...

1 Year, 1 Month ago

George Pisi demolishes opposite number Mark Bennett with huge hit

What in that comment drips with saints bias? And typical of what exactly?

Completely agree Jimmy. I get more and more annoyed at crowds at rugby games booing at any remotely marginal decision on the big screen and chanting 'off, off'. This was a cracking hit, how Stuart Barnes makes a living as a commentator is beyond me.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Josh Valentine knocked out by brutal upright tackle from Taiasina Tuifua

This is definitely more on the 'unfortunate' side of things no?

If you're tackling with your shoulders, your head is never going to be far away. If you mess up with a stepping player sometimes your head is on the wrong side and it you who are out cold. Or alternatively, sometimes you smash your faces together. As seen here.

The face tackle happens relatively frequently, think the 9 is just unlucky the tackler obviously has a breeze block for a head. It's not a card or even a penalty. I do worry about some fans knee-jerk "RED CARD HIM!" reactions. It's a collision sport, collisions will always have outcomes like this, you cannot remove the risk, and if you did, we wouldn't be watching rugby.

1 Year, 4 Months ago