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Mass brawl in French second division playoff between Pau and La Rochelle

The Pau 19 who got red carded was a little unlucky I thought. Yes he could be said to have escalated the incident by pulling a rochelle player away, but this was after the rochelle player had hit a prone team mate of his on the floor, and after that he seemed more to be trying to defend himself against the attacking rochelle players, backing away while they tried to hit him. Other Pau players seemed to do more. Maybe he seemed like the instigator.

11 Months, 4 Days ago

Stade Francais' Jerome Fillol spits in Peter Stringer's face

Apparently there is history of this between them. According to The Times today, Fillol spat on Stringer during an U-21 international in 1999.

And apparently Fillol's remorse did include crying during the hearing

1 Year, 5 Days ago

Stade Francais' Jerome Fillol spits in Peter Stringer's face

Apparently there is history of this between them. According to The Times today, Fillol spat on Stringer during an U-21 international in 1999.

And apparently Fillol's remorse did include crying during the hearing

1 Year, 5 Days ago

Ian Madigan chip from behind tryline and winning try vs Glasgow Warriors

I know Schmidt said he wants Madigan to play his 'natural game', but he must have had his head in his hands on seeing him do that

1 Year, 2 Weeks ago

Chris Ashton carded for high swinging arm on Maurie Fa'asavalu

Johnny May? Brilliant attacker, real pace and not bad defensively. I think don't take ashton on tour this summer with england, give wade, may and biggs a shot beyond the premiership

1 Year, 2 Weeks ago

Sergio Parisse red carded and banned for insulting referee

Wasn't it Rolland who red-carded Will Skinner for doing that in a Heineken Cup match?

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Owen Farrell kicks England to victory over Ireland in Dublin

It might not be pretty but it certainly is exciting and entertaining. Even for a neutral, the game was nail-biting. I think the IRB have lost sight a little when trying to make the game as open as possible. While scrappy games can be rubbish, they can also be some of the most exciting in rugby. Wales v France and England v Ireland is an example of this divide, the former scrappy to the point of mediocrity, the latter thrilling

Healy certainly deserves to get cited for one of his infringements, the stamp was especially bad. A couple of the Irish players like O'Mahoney and Healy looked to be a little too fired up. It was nice to see Marler having matured a bit. A year or two ago he would have been involved heavily I would think

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Fabrice Estebanez knockout hit on David Strettle

Re Antoine:

That might be a little unfair on the medical team and Saracens. 0:16 it's too zoomed out to see properly and at 0:28 his head is tilted back so it's no surprise no blood can be seen.

This is a very different situation to the Tom Williams and Harlequins one, unless Saracens conspired to get estabanez to hit strettle in order to make a tactically unfavourable substitution five minutes into the game? Seems unlikely somehow.

I also doubt any team is going to be stupid enough to sanction the use of fake blood capsules given the punishments meted out under Bloodgate. No coach is going to want to have his career destroyed as happened to the Harlequins coach, and I think the medical personnel involved were also punished.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

 
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