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Outcry as Florian Fritz returns to play after severe knock to head

I think you can't really scrap the 10 minute rule. If you give the player TOO long, then suddenly, it turns into an issue where it can become a strategic sub.

Say, a player is hit in minute 10. The coaches use the concussion rule to play a sub for 40 minutes, and then the originally injured player is suddenly "OK" to come back for minutes 50-80.

Either way, the amount of time allowed puts that player at risk -- too short means things like this happen. Too long a rest, and then a player spends 20-40 minutes on the sidelines champing at the bit to come back, and the tide of a match may turn, driving him/her or coaches to make equally bad decisions.

It's not about the time limit - it's about having player safety trump the wins/losses on the day.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Niko Matawalu beats Stuart Hogg in footrace to deny him a hat-trick

Hogg to him to suck it...

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Outcry as Florian Fritz returns to play after severe knock to head

Honestly, sacking a medical staff will do little to fix the problem.

The real issue here are who stands to benefit to benefit from risking the injured players - and that's the coaches and owners / administration of a team.

Sack them, fine them, dock them points, kick them out of the playoff or H-Cup.

Blaming solely a doctor is a scapegoat solution, as these are NOT the people in the limelight. it's like blaming rank-and-file soldier who do something the generals are actually pressuring them to do.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Digby Ioane manhandles Bryan Habana in tense Top 14 clash

Mikautadze gets a hand in the bollocks, seeing blue and red at the same time.

Poor reaction, but the guy smacking his balls should have been sent off too.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Digby Ioane manhandles Bryan Habana in tense Top 14 clash

Habana sold Ioane's pile driver really, well, even jumping up into the position.

Maybe when he's done at Toulon, Vince McMahon will call him up.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

BYU score great try after neat passing and huge charge from Paul Lasike

loved to see the little flick pass, especially at the US collegiate level.

4 Months, 16 Hours ago

BYU score great try after neat passing and huge charge from Paul Lasike

the great Bill McLaren is a redundancy in terms.

Every English speaking kid in the world should have his voice in their head when they imagine their own highlight reel.

Hell, imagine him reading the Edinburgh phone book, or the ingredients label of an Iron Brew.

Or better yet, Apple should have made the Scottish version of Siri using him.

4 Months, 16 Hours ago

UCT Ikeys win 2014 Varsity Cup final with unbelievable comeback

as for the woman -- she clearly exercised gratuitous use of the boot to the head/neck area -- 4 week ban normally..

but because she's South African, will probably get 6 -12months... or just a punch to the yapper.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

UCT Ikeys win 2014 Varsity Cup final with unbelievable comeback

thumbs down to myself for not reading the description above by RD staff.

I like the 2nd referee - especially to manage set piece and other-side of a breakdown... How has it been received in ZA?

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

UCT Ikeys win 2014 Varsity Cup final with unbelievable comeback

does the Varsity Cup play any slightly different rules? I kept hearing the commentators droning that a Penalty kick was only 2 points?

Also, was there an issue with the clock? Seemed that the final scrum was awarded at a time (on the TV clock at least) where many a ref would have just whistled No Side.

Amazing effort. Goes to show just how deep the talent drawer is in places like ZA -- guys who we've never heard of (and may never hear from again) doing amazing stuff with the prolate spheroid..

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

 
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