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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.

1 Year, 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.

1 Year, 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.

1 Year, 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

1 Year, 1 Month ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

It's weird. Refs are more a part of the game than ever before yet they have less discretion than ever.

Tackles come off wrong sometimes. Life goes on. I hate this 0 tolerance stuff.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Edinburgh's Burleigh sent off amid Papé playacting

No reason to freak about it and act like a coward either.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

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.

1 Year, 1 Month 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.

1 Year, 1 Month 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.

1 Year, 1 Month 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.

1 Year, 1 Month ago