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Kwagga Smith banned for 4 weeks after red card challenge in Super Rugby Final

If players are getting kicked out every game we need to look at the laws as being unreasonable and unrealistic.

Why not just a penalty? In the case of professionals why not simply a monetary fine ala NFL?

Red cards should only go for really egregious, mean-spirited, or repeated infractions. Foul play has always been a part of rugby and always will. Power plays are not.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Kwagga Smith banned for 4 weeks after red card challenge in Super Rugby Final

I'd argue that yellow and red cards are the bane of rugby and were a misguided attempt to "clean up" rugby for casual fans and especially mothers of children playing the game since the advent of professionalism. It has not worked.

The ref taking a player off the field is a really extreme move in team sports. It creates an incredible advantage and ruins the contest. The punishment does not fit the crime.

Red and yellow cards are not a core component of rugby. Change the laws, change the laws, change the laws.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Belmont Shore powerhouse demolishes tackler who goes too high

Dear Mafi Malua Seanoa
1) Buy some socks
2) Stay humble. It's not cool self-promoting on social media.

4 Weeks, 14 Hours ago

Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

Refs got this wrong. The Racing player is cheating not DuPlessis.

So as a coach for youth rugby should I encourage kids to grab and hold players away from the breakdown? It seems as if players may do so with impunity these days.

We must allow players some type of self-regulation.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Eben Etzebeth takes on Sonny Bill Williams and Akira Ioane

Gosh, I'd love to see Sonny Bill get knocked out.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Mass brawl spills into tunnel as match gets abandoned in France

I actually prefer the more obscure clips, non traditional rugby places, schoolboys, etc.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Pascal Pape and Wenceslas Lauret red carded after tense Paris derby brawl

No big deal.
Let them play.

Stay away backline players.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Referee knocked out by disgraceful punch in rugby league game

A bearded Frenchman playing rugby league in a Captain America jersey is capable of anything.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

10 Classic British & Irish Lions Tries ahead of 2017 squad announcement

Great! I love Lions Tour!

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

A closer look at how Professionalism has changed Rugby

DrG, you're correct. In every way other than spectatorship and size of players the game has been diminished. The spirit isn't what it was. Money ruins the purity of sport every time.

All the cool stuff came from the amateur nature of the game.

Rugby (and all sport) should be a hobby and not a profession. Professional rugby from a safety and monetary PoV is not sustainable. Most pro rugby organizations are not profitable. With the post professionalism focus on size, strength, and speed comes catastrophic long term brain injuries. If it was a bunch of part-timers weighing around 200 lbs. we could have played forever without the game being neutered.

Now it's a bunch of low IQ gym rats playing a union/league hybrid and spending their off time with supplements and playstation. We used to be doctors and attorneys...

4 Months, 5 Days ago