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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.

10 Months, 4 Days 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?

10 Months, 5 Days 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.

10 Months, 1 Week 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.

10 Months, 1 Week 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.

10 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.

10 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.

10 Months, 2 Weeks 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.

11 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Millennials have ruined rugby. This man is a coward.

1 Year, 1 Day 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.

1 Year, 1 Week ago