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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.

6 Months, 1 Week 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.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

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

Yes.
We are dismantling this game in an attempt to solve problems that do not exist.

Rugby players have been fielding high kicks for a very long time. When a player jumps in the air they are making themselves extremely vulnerable.

When the law was changed I don't believe it was the intention to have players jump in the air at every opportunity to draw red and yellow cards from the opposition. Rugby players have become quite precious.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Millennials have done other things to bring the game in disrepute like: complain to refs, dance in a try zone, wear white socks on a rugby pitch, get tattoos like RL players, wear fluorescent jerseys, wear fluorescent boots, and drink protein shakes after games.

None of these things are acceptable.

7 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Millennials have ruined rugby. This man is a coward.

8 Months, 9 Hours ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

Punching is not necessarily heinous, but can be. Stomping on players on the ground on the wrong side of the ball (no head or balls) is not heinous and should be encouraged.

If a player is constantly disrupting play he should be constantly penalized. That's why each team needs players that can kick goals and win lineouts. Or you have your guy punch out the player that was disruptive. This is the way that rugby was until very recently. Maybe primitive, but better than power plays.

All of this should be up to the ref's discretion.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

How long have you bee around rugby?

Cards were first trialed in 1999 in the SH and only became a part of the game globally in 2000. So 17 years, not 15. this was not a long time ago.

The referee has always had the ability to send a player off. This was only in really heinous situations. Really heinous situations are the only time in which a player should be sent off.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

This is a great post! Rugby HAS become completely litigious.

Remember what a referee used to be? An old guy with 20+ years of playing experience that was trying to give something back to the game.

Now it is a person (often the same age as players) that is usually ambitious about their reffing career and believes that the more they talk to players and blow their whistles the better job they are doing.

Rugby refs went form enabling games to policing games. The tenor should be that of a schoolteacher or servant to a good match, not a cop or tattletale.

The answer is simple:no more yellow and red cards in rugby. These horrible coloured pieces of paper are the worst thing to ever happen to our game. They've only been around 15 years or so too.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

After just one season, the future of PRO Rugby in the USA is uncertain

I live in the US and one of my friends and former teammates was the manager of one of these teams. This whole league was very badly mismanaged from the onset.

Players, vendors, and staff were not paid in a timely way. There were issues with venues changing. There was also zero marketing, with no television presence or even websites. The local media did not even know about this league.

This league was created by one guy that no background in rugby or even sports. He did not have as much money as he led the public to believe and the league now defunct.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

Absolutely horrifying.

This is of course antithetical to rugby culture. I'm not sure it is antithetical to Italian culture.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/how-italy-has-changed-its-view-on-murdering-women/2016/11/02/8f22d42a-930b-11e6-bc00-1a9756d4111b_story.html?utm_term=.d85376c9b76c

9 Months, 2 Days ago