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The Tuilagi and Vunipola brothers talk mums, crossdressers and big hits

Aside from his rugby earnings talent, what's shame that Manu was encouraged away from his home so young.

Any club or school who actively seek out pacific island rugby talent to divert them away from their homeland needs to look in the conscience mirror ( yes it does happen!)

IMHO its a real shame that the Tuilagi brothers play rugby for different countries. ( said as an England fan)

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Hard hitting Chris Hala'ufia crunches but then slaps Scott Wilson

For those that don't already know .... Law 10.4(e)

" A player must not tackle (or try to tackle) an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. A tackle around the opponents head or neck is dangerous play"

Where does the tackle end in this example ?

Ironically had he not then face slapped, and ignited the protestations , WB might not have gone to TMO.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Ben Flower red carded for vicious punching at start of Super League Grand Final

His statement has been written by a PR executive, classic damage limitation attempt .... And it has all the integrity of the same....... None!

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Southland score sensational try after big Willis Halaholo bump off

Another face-on smash resulting in a semi-concussion. Another player commences his drift toward brain damage ( ala Shontayne Hape ) when will this sport learn, or amend the laws to promote/foster different techniques from Ball Carrier and Tackler?

Replies from all the 'tough men' not required!

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Declan Fitzpatrick suspended after being Red carded for punch

So should we expect a Citing of Bergamasco?, I've never seen face cheeks start to bleed of their own accord !!

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Declan Fitzpatrick suspended after being Red carded for punch

If the defender had a legimate prospect of making the tackle ' but for' the deliberate block , its material to the outcome.

Bowes line of running and body launguge tells us he wasnt a genuine receiving option, the correct decision was reached.

This is why TMOs are so valuable.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Richard Hibbard's massive hit on Sale's Shalva Mamukashvili

Clear and Obvious knock on? No, not for me.

But in fairness to the referee the ball impact was on the far side of the referee, so perhaps the AR quickly called it in, there was a slight delay

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Samu Manoa Huge Hit on Billy Twelvetrees in Premiership opening weekend

Its foul play under 10.4(e)

Look closely, The tacklers right hand/arm ends up around twelvetrees neck = dangerous.

The supporters of this style of tackling are indirect advocates of the increased concussions in this code.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Ben Tameifuna cited for big shove on referee Glen Jackson

5 WK ban is paltry and too low. Deliberate and unnecessary double handed shove that didn't represent a bona-fide 'referee obstruction trying to encourage him outta the way" action + no concern shown at the time , and post match apology is lip service.

Should have been 12-16 was, all grassroots referees will get an uncomfortable feeling seeing such leniency for a premeditated and unnecessary (watch his eyes & footwork) assault on a ref.

Perhaps the ban shortness means he's due for NZAB selection soon?!!

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

There already is a code for you really really tough guys, cage fighting ! Problem is, your opponent gets a chance to look you in the eye, not enjoyed by the cheap shot cowards that masquerade as rugby players.

1 Year, 10 Months ago