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Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

I don't like the way that rugby is going at all.

I'm talking about the little kid reffing the game, I'm talking about the straight red for something innocuous, and Jesus Christ we have 2nd-rowers taking dives after halfbacks slap them?

We need to take a look in the mirror. This is not cool.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

It's just an accident. There does not have to be somebody sent off every time someone lands awkwardly.

North should not have returned to play. He was obviously concussed. I doubt he will be playing at 30.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Kieran Brookes and Calum Green both suspended following breakdown altercations

You're not alone Fats. Brookes loses his feet. That's the only problem I see.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Hilarious footage of wing Jonny May trying to scrum goes viral

Did you guys ever have the one practice a season when the forwards and backs switch? The lesson is always the same:forwards can do what backs do but backs cannot do what forwards do.

5 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Italy fully deserving of first ever victory over the Springboks

I know many in the rugby community dislike South Africans but the demise of the Springboks is very bad for our sport. With the ANC government in control and white population emigrating I believe we have seen the end of the Republic of South Africa as a rugby superpower. What a fascinating lesson on the link between sport and culture.

6 Months, 6 Days ago

Mat Luamanu's brutal tackle gets him a five week ban

I don't have a problem with the tackle. Spelling Matthew with one t is disgraceful.

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

IRPA Try of the Year 2016 Nominees announced

The Japanese one!

6 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens unimpressed by naughty Francois Steyn shouting at goalkicker

Once we let money into the game all the cool stuff about rugby culture went out with it.

Once upon a time rugby players were highly accomplished professionals and classy people playing for the right reasons. Now they are gym rats and mercenaries chasing a buck.

Test rugby and Lions tour will soon give way to some global Champions League style competition. Sure the game is faster and bigger, but at what price?

7 Months, 1 Week ago

Johnny Leota banned for dangerous judo throw on Aled Brew

The answer is no cards and no weeks.

Cards and bans are handed out almost arbitrarily. Cards didn't exist in rugby in the 20th or 19 century. They don't seem to be deterring any kind of behavior AND they do encourage play-acting and milking injuries and controversy in general.

Referees should give just penalties or if a player does something really bad just send them off. Keep power plays for hockey.

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Nick Phipps warned for pushing medic during Argentina Test

A player physically knocking over a member of the medical team is one of the worst things I've ever seen in rugby at any level. This is much worse than any bad tackle, punch or off the ball incident. Total garbage and tantamount to hitting a girl or worse a ref.

The things that some people think are okay (cynically holding opposition) and the things some believe to be heinous (players colliding in mid-air=instant red card) in rugby I can't really understand anymore. The culture of the game is really moving in weird directions.

One thing I'm sure of is: Nick Phipps is a low down grub.

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago