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Michael Hooper cited for off the ball punch against Argentina

When was the "age of rugby hooliganism" 1823-2000? It's not rugby hooliganism, it is rugby. There has always been a self-regulatory aspect to the game.

Players will cheat unless they are stopped. Refs never stop this stuff so it is up to the players.

You must be new to the sport.

2 Days, 8 Hours ago

Michael Hooper cited for off the ball punch against Argentina

How many times have you seen an official deal with it? I don't know if I've ever seen a ref bring back play for a player illegally holding another back.

Hooper did the only thing he could, other than be completely negated.

The way I see it, one player is trying to play rugby and another is trying to prevent him from playing.

3 Days, 17 Hours ago

Friday Funnies - Sona Taumalolo fend looks like a right hook

Not the 1st, nor the 100th time I've seen a Tongan guy use the super fend-off!

1 Week, 7 Minutes ago

New Zealand Barbarians bring back The Wall during win over Maori All Blacks

In my experience penalty plays worked more often than not. I don't know why they ever fell of of favor.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Wallabies snatch dramatic victory after Springboks fail to run down the clock

You guys are right. There are bodies all over the ground at every breakdown with players not supporting their weight. Penalties are arbitrarily awarded. It's a big problem.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Incredible backflip pass by Nathan Friend leads to great Rugby League Try

I am not from a place in the world where Rugby League is played but I was in Australia last year and I was very surprised by how the two codes are received.

Every NRL match is an event, like the NFL in the USA. At my first (and only) NRL match the atmosphere was more similar to an NFL game or even NASCAR compared to Union games. It really is a different sporting culture. I hope young men in Australia continue with Union but I was shocked at the difference and disparity between the codes.

NRL has better athletes, sorry.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

All Blacks beat determined Samoa in historic first ever Test in Apia

1) The All Blacks don't make money by playing in Samoa. Look at that stadium. They'd rather go to the USA and get a fat paycheck.
2) The All Blacks know that Samoa can upset them in the right conditions.

The contributions Polynesian athletes have made to world sport despite their small population and lack of material resources is really remarkable. Samoa has 190,000 people. That's less than the population of Aberdeen, Scotland.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Former All Black Jerry Collins tragically killed in car crash

Horrible story. Jerry Collins was a great player and always showed a wonderful attitude.

Does anyone else remember him turning up for some obscure English amateur club's 2nd side then wearing that team's socks when he played for the Barbarians? He understood what rugby was supposed to be about.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

Imagine just for a second that the referee let both these players keep playing. What would be so wrong with that?

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

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

I agree it's a punk move. How about a verbal warning from the referee and get on with the game?

Just because you cite players it doesn't mean that undesirable behavior will go away. Look at the mess with tackles and inconsistent citing commissions.

In rugby there is going to be some off the ball bs. Maybe we should kick players off the field for only really egregious and dangerous play?

2 Months, 1 Week ago