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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!

2 Years, 10 Months 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 ???

2 Years, 10 Months 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 !!

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Andre Esterhuizen and Robert du Preez both suspended for tip tackles

Players are still lifting Ball carriers off the ground for what possession reason exactly ? It isn't driving the player very far backwards or taking ball possession off of them, so what is the possession benefit exactly???

Their stupidity is compounded because WR havent ever directed the game to rid these 'potential paralyse'rs' .....oh wait, .....yes they have it seems, several times !!

How much clearer do players need this subject to be?

Did either player land on head or neck, if so then it should be been RED given by the referee - or is this the Union equivalent of RLs shameful 'RC avoidance' policy , often
described as " on report" ???!!!!

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

I struggle to imagine that the player or his club wouldn't have raised this subject with the Match Observer post match.

IF they did (??) then the only conceivable reason that he has avoided a citing can be that FFR would be without him for the RWC and someone recognises this and can exert political influence.

I cant ever imagine French rugby is capable of such self interest.

If he gets cited, I expect him to employ Horwills genius Lawyer, replay his legendary 'unbalanced'
Mitigation claim.

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Friday Funnies - Henry Seniloli's premature showboating costs Treviso a try

Well spotted, should be cited, rid the game of such crap
( even if showboatidiotnumpty almost deserved it!)

2 Years, 11 Months ago

Canadian Taylor Paris scores try from 105m out in PRO D2 Semi Final

If they werent, then it would be near on impossible to ever defend against someone near /on the try line who was trying to ground the ball.
Not allowing the opportunity to defend is inequitable.

2 Years, 11 Months ago

Fijian powerhouse winger Taqele Naiyaravoro signed by Glasgow Warriors

The inescapable fact is Pro rugby encourages financial migration to the best paying locations. (Paying = wage/prospects/endorsements/injury resting longevity)

NZ were the first to attract PI players as their 'shamatuer' rugby structures, because they were better organised & ahead of the game and leading the drive towards 'official' professionalism.

Everyone else has sought to catch up since. The small nations will vote for anything that increases their chance to compete with the powerhouses, even if that means having 'pro tourists' represent them.

If Roman Abramovich ( Chelsea FC owner) decided to buy into Georgian Rugby, then it is certain that you'd see an influx of worldwide Talented players into his well funded Squads .

International rugby is certainly losing national identity credibility, (shrugs with resignation) but notwithstanding that, I still want the 'Rose' to beat 'Wallaby' (substitute any nations) when ever the two badges lock horns, regardless of how many PI / SH descendants are in which side, the same mindset as I do for my (unrepresentative collection of mercenaries) local pro football club !

2 Years, 11 Months ago

Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

Only when reading your final comment, are we able to ascertain who the real Numbskull is .... !
I doubt you've the skill/ability to referee beyond your armchair

2 Years, 11 Months ago

Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

WB was not totting up AW offences ( if any) he was soley deciding on whether or not that collision constituted an offence.

2 Years, 11 Months ago