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Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

You're 100% correct. Whenever a player lands awkwardly the ref's first reaction is to go into their pocket. The histrionics of the players gesturing with their arms up doesn't help either.

Referees' mentalities have changed a lot recently. They have more of an influence over the game than ever before. It's not a positive trend.

4 Weeks, 3 Hours ago

Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

The Suta chokehold was seriously bad news, worse the 90% of punches and 100% of shoe-ings.

Often when you have two players leaving their feet going for 50/50 ball somebody comes off worse and ends up on the ground. The slightest contact makes a player in the air lose their balance. It's just physics. Nothing in it and great catch by Toner.

4 Weeks, 4 Hours ago

France U18s win the European Championship and give hope to the future

If it is the premier competition in Europe shouldn't the 6N be the best 6 teams?

According to the IRB Georgia is currently ranked ahead of Italy and just four spots below Scotland. I don't think they'd get hammered. Plus they've accomplished this without regular competition or a monied domestic league. Looking at their U18 team their future looks bright.

I wish Scotland was more competitive and I do want them to improve but it would be nice to see some new members in the club.

4 Weeks, 2 Days ago

France U18s win the European Championship and give hope to the future

My goodness look at Georgia and Portugal! Times are changing.

Maybe some day there will be a 6N with promotion and relegation? If Scotland was relegated would that be the end of the sport in the country? Georgia is knocking on the door but outside travel issues will other countries lose money by playing there?

I'd like to see some teams ascend. Scotland and Italy don't deserve their spots based on history and proximity.

4 Weeks, 2 Days ago

David Pocock's Turnover Masterclass against the Blues

Pocock will tell on you to the referee.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Huge Hit From Peter Kimlin Leaves Leigh Halfpenny with more injury woe

I don't think Halfpenny will be playing rugby at 30.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Mark Richards KO'd after colliding with the shoulder of Willem Alberts

What law would you change?

It was just unlucky. Two guys going for a 50/50 ball and one player being larger than the other.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Unbelievable finish to rugby match after some Currie RFC quick thinking

Great stuff rugbydump. Thanks!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

How Valuable is Manu Tuilagi To England's World Cup Ambitions?

He is a good defender and ball carrier but I don't think he is a good distributor.

If they do select him just keep him off the ferry and away from David Cameron!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Francois Steyn banned for 5 weeks after rescinded red card is overturned

Would it had been dangerous if the 2nd player hadn't helped with the tackle? Not sure.
I have an idea. How about the ref just lets the 30 players just keep playing?

This citing process is so weird and legalistic. A five week ban is a serious thing and they hand them out like candy.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago