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Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Millennials have done other things to bring the game in disrepute like: complain to refs, dance in a try zone, wear white socks on a rugby pitch, get tattoos like RL players, wear fluorescent jerseys, wear fluorescent boots, and drink protein shakes after games.

None of these things are acceptable.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Millennials have ruined rugby. This man is a coward.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

Punching is not necessarily heinous, but can be. Stomping on players on the ground on the wrong side of the ball (no head or balls) is not heinous and should be encouraged.

If a player is constantly disrupting play he should be constantly penalized. That's why each team needs players that can kick goals and win lineouts. Or you have your guy punch out the player that was disruptive. This is the way that rugby was until very recently. Maybe primitive, but better than power plays.

All of this should be up to the ref's discretion.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

How long have you bee around rugby?

Cards were first trialed in 1999 in the SH and only became a part of the game globally in 2000. So 17 years, not 15. this was not a long time ago.

The referee has always had the ability to send a player off. This was only in really heinous situations. Really heinous situations are the only time in which a player should be sent off.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

This is a great post! Rugby HAS become completely litigious.

Remember what a referee used to be? An old guy with 20+ years of playing experience that was trying to give something back to the game.

Now it is a person (often the same age as players) that is usually ambitious about their reffing career and believes that the more they talk to players and blow their whistles the better job they are doing.

Rugby refs went form enabling games to policing games. The tenor should be that of a schoolteacher or servant to a good match, not a cop or tattletale.

The answer is simple:no more yellow and red cards in rugby. These horrible coloured pieces of paper are the worst thing to ever happen to our game. They've only been around 15 years or so too.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

After just one season, the future of PRO Rugby in the USA is uncertain

I live in the US and one of my friends and former teammates was the manager of one of these teams. This whole league was very badly mismanaged from the onset.

Players, vendors, and staff were not paid in a timely way. There were issues with venues changing. There was also zero marketing, with no television presence or even websites. The local media did not even know about this league.

This league was created by one guy that no background in rugby or even sports. He did not have as much money as he led the public to believe and the league now defunct.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

Absolutely horrifying.

This is of course antithetical to rugby culture. I'm not sure it is antithetical to Italian culture.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/how-italy-has-changed-its-view-on-murdering-women/2016/11/02/8f22d42a-930b-11e6-bc00-1a9756d4111b_story.html?utm_term=.d85376c9b76c

2 Months, 6 Days ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

It's weird. Refs are more a part of the game than ever before yet they have less discretion than ever.

Tackles come off wrong sometimes. Life goes on. I hate this 0 tolerance stuff.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

No reason to freak about it and act like a coward either.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

I don't like the way that rugby is going at all.

I'm talking about the little kid reffing the game, I'm talking about the straight red for something innocuous, and Jesus Christ we have 2nd-rowers taking dives after halfbacks slap them?

We need to take a look in the mirror. This is not cool.

2 Months, 1 Week ago