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Sam Egerton banned after being red carded for eye rake in Varsity Match

I love the Varsity Match and hope it never goes away. Highly intelligent amateur athletes competing for pride while taking part in a rich tradition that goes back to the 19th century is what sports are all about.

Money is changing rugby very rapidly. Events like the Varsity Match, Barbarians, and the Lions Tour are what sets us apart.

4 Months, 3 Days ago

Sebastien Chabal knocks out Marc Giraud with big right hook

Eddie you should watch a game before 2000. Punching and stamping were most definitely tolerated and sometimes encouraged (headbutting never was) and somehow rugby survived, usually with 30 men on the field.

Since the beginning and up to roughly 2000 there has been a self-regulating aspect of rugby (lie on the ball->get raked-> roll away and play on). What is going on now is refs are a bigger part of the game than ever before and are trying to sanitize the game for television audiences, casual fans, and mothers.

The notion that a player punching another is some kind of grievous and horrible action is ABSOLUTELY new to our game. For about 175 years it was part and parcel. It happened, worked it's way out, and they shook hands when it was over. If somebody did something really bad, they got sent off. This was rare.

The unfair and inconsistent system of cards, retroactive citing commissions, and bans hasn't created a better game.

4 Months, 6 Days ago

Sebastien Chabal knocks out Marc Giraud with big right hook

TK, you're right, holding has always gone on. The difference is now, if you are being held you have no recourse. Historically if somebody was holding you, lying on the ball, or harassing your scrumhalf you could do things to stop them or prevent them from doing so in the future. Refs would turn a blind eye because the original player was the one being negative.

If we have a zero tolerance approach to reactions from foul play then the laws benefit the instigator.

Players could only cheat if you let them cheat. I say rugby was better when you could sort out a troublemaker rather than counting on a ref to pick up every transgression.

Please read DR93 below. Sometimes we need to be taught a lesson from others than the ref. I know I did and do!

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Sebastien Chabal knocks out Marc Giraud with big right hook

"making the officials aware"? You mean complaining to the ref? Do you really want a game in which players are going to be yelling at officials whenever they feel he's missing something?

Holding at the breakdown is pure negativity and is more against the spirit of the game than sorting out a cheater.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Sebastien Chabal knocks out Marc Giraud with big right hook

How much would you like to bet that he had been held at the ruck previously? Holding on to players in a negative way to keep them from playing is happening more and more at every level. Referees will rarely (never) stop play to penalize the player holding.

So if a guy is holding you and preventing you from playing rugby, what should you do? All it takes is a player holding onto you for a second for them to create an overload. (There is a clip of Nathan Hines doing this on here).

Personally I say automatic yellow for players holding onto other players at scrum or breakdown. Any player that is preventing another from playing deserves what they get.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Newcastle's Richard Mayhew crunches Harlequins' Sam Smith

Hospital.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins interviews Wallaby players after Wales win

I like this dude's style. You can have fun, flair, and personality without dancing in the try zone.

Despite all the doom and gloom the Aussies know how to win. Ewen McKenzie looks to be a fine coach.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Georgia stun Samoa in historic game in Tbilisi

Rugby has a culture like no other sport. If you are involved in any way with youth rugby have the kids watch this clip. Sportsmanship still counts.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Tevita Kuridrani receives five week suspension for dangerous tackle

How many games have you seen spoiled because of dump tackles?

I think softies changing the laws every season for mothers in tv audiences are spoiling the game, not overzealous tacklers.

5 Months, 2 Days ago

Tevita Kuridrani receives five week suspension for dangerous tackle

It's not like he kicked somebody in the head. The guy lifted a leg up. It doesn't make him a murderer.

5 Months, 2 Days ago

 
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