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Northland prop Matt Talaese red carded and banned for full time charge

45678 Its not a worrying precedent at all, quite the contrary.

WR has responded to the epidemic rise in concussions by taking a firm stance against players committing these cheap shot 'dangerous' actions.

Law 16.2[b]
A player joining a ruck must bind on a team-mate or an opponent, using the whole arm. The bind must either precede, or be simultaneous with, contact with any other part of the body of the player joining the ruck.

The game has for too long turned a blind eye to what we saw, players need to wise up & it's not contrary to their interests it's "in their interests"

Well done that referee, I hope Rugby World Cup also sees this robustly dealt with, for the good of the game.

8 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Mammoth tackle as two giant Polish forwards meet in Cup Final

Another huge smash, another injured player .....skill/craft/guile/evasive cunning replaced in the pro game by smash/crash/crunch/break . Union lawmakers are culpable for continuing to drift towards RL, it may eventually settle looking more like MMA ! zzzzzzz

9 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

Conceptually? Can a commentator bring his station into disrepute ?

If not then punditry is a 'license' to spout off this way.

10 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Henry Speight banned for five weeks for dangerous flip on Juan de Jongh

" need for a deterrent for dangerous play such as this which carries with it the real risk of serious injury."

I'm wondering what needed to be worse to qualify this as a Mid Entry or Top End Offence ?
Broken neck, C3/4/5/6 dislodged" ........ paralysis ?????

Low Entry point, hardly sends the toughest of deterrents for these coached in WWF/judoesque throws.

Missed opportunity to send the game message.

11 Months, 2 Days ago

Japie Mulder's perfect tackle on Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final

Anyone who's ever played the game will understand exactly why SA needed it. I'd argue that even if it had been penalised SA needed to make the 'statement' of intent in this way.

My faded memory was of Andrews & co arriving late at each contact with JL and getting a cheap shot dig in! , it might be my old age but that certainly my perception at the time, albeit it might merely be a myth created by warm memory. :)

11 Months, 2 Days ago

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

genetics added to development structure, its positively a rugby quench fest.

You wanna win Olympic sprints ?? , merge the renowned gene pool into your athletic programme, long distance gold is your aim ? You need East African endurance genes ... Blah blah

Rugby??? Harness the somatype of the PI athlete , world collision sport is all prowling around the same supermarket looking to select the ripest peaches and plums , try imagining what world wide rugby will look like in 30 years , all players of a similar body shape occupying not dissimilar field positions rugby 'codeunified' or 'reunited' is my best guess, anyone who doesnt think we're heading there needs to open their other eye ( not directed at you stoudos)

13th commandment thou shalt not covet thy neighbours sporting talent, ooops I think I've sinned again !

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Sonny Bill Williams issued warning for huge hit on Conrad Smith

I can't imagine why concussions are such a serious game issue!!!!!!! , this one doesn't even start low & finish high, its only ever high.

The sooner that tackle contact with the face/neck or head is severely punished the better for future generations imho.

Credit to Smith, none to sbw.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Referees to get stricter as tackle and scrums laws amended

Re: necks - about time !

I'm sure JJ said something similar regarding 'straight' feeds a few years ago, ( NB.. law says "along the middle line" ) hopefully this time he means it!

11 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand notch up record score to punish France in U20 semi final

Can't NZ find a better 'strap-name' for this team ....... " Baby". Isnt an accurate description

Suggestions ???

11 Months, 1 Week ago

England beat South Africa to reach yet another U20 Championship Final

The whole code has been sent a message by WR recently , its "keep off the neck" , players need to hear the message and adjust.

Applies to tackle/ruck and maul.

Those that don't modify their contact above the shoulder will be off the field, simples !!

11 Months, 1 Week ago