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Quade Cooper likely to be suspended following red card vs Lions

Thanks for elaborating.

Perhaps the problem is professional rugby? What I mean is the problems the top 1% of rugby has are not the problems that rugby has at large.

At the levels that most rugby players compete concussions, high ball challenges, and even scrum restarts don't seem to be a problem (in my experience).

What is more important: keeping the laws and spirit of rugby intact for the amateur player or preserving the spectacle of pro ruby for the punter?

NFL, NBA, and MLB all have different rules compared to the amateur level. Maybe rugby should follow.

3 Months, 5 Days ago

Quade Cooper likely to be suspended following red card vs Lions

im1 and DanCarter, you guys sound like backline players born in the 1990's,

Does it seem like these incredibly harsh bans are deterring players behavior?

It certainly does not to me. At the last RWC (when players are on their best behavior) refs gave out 56 Yellow cards and 1 red. This is making a joke out of our game. Rugby will always be violent and messy.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Quade Cooper likely to be suspended following red card vs Lions

This game has gone crazy.

It's definitely a high tackle. Why not just a penalty?

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Referee Angus Gardner dissects controversial mid-air contest rulings

Facepalm,
Do you sit around with your teammates and say "there ought to be a new law.." or "Gosh I wish rugby was more safe"?

I've never heard players speak that way on 7 clubs, 3 continents and 22 years.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Referee Angus Gardner dissects controversial mid-air contest rulings

Money is destroying rugby.

Everything that is special about rugby culture comes from the amateur ethos (the way we treat each other, the referee, the way the fans act).

I currently live in America and I know the outcome of the trend of big money in sport. My worst nightmare is coming true, rugby is getting more and more like American football. Look at the Racing Stade Francais merger. Mega clubs manned by international mercenaries ala Champions League is the way of the future.

We've sold our soul to lure the money of casual fans. Such a shame too, rugby union has such magnificent tradition and culture.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Referee Angus Gardner dissects controversial mid-air contest rulings

The great thing about rugby is that for most of our history it was a sport by and for the players, even at the highest level.

Now it seems there is a disconnect between what players want and what the "powers that be" want the game to be. I'm not sure where and why all these top down changes are coming from. They are drastically altering the sport.

Who is in charge of the game: players, referees, owners, sponsors?

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Scotland's Fraser Brown shown yellow for dangerous tackle on Elliot Daly

That is a great tackle. That's what you get for running into contact high Rugby is going down the tubes.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

There should be no substitutes in rugby. In 1996 they started with 3 tactical subs and it has ballooned to 8 now. If they allow rolling subs players will grow to NFL size.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

Hey ref you are #31 not #1. Just call the game, blow the whistle as little as possible and let the players play. We don't need your attention-seeking personality to shine through.

No referee in any sport should have a highlight reel.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Werner Kok explodes as Sevuloni Mocenacagi gets sent off in Las Vegas 7s final

Stroudos you make a very good point.
The only way that a ball carrier gets dumped is of they allow themselves to get dumped by going into contact in an insecure (high) body position. Players act like getting dumped is akin to their their eyes being gouged.
It's a fair tackle.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago