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The biggest punches and worst fights in French domestic rugby

Fascinating cultural observations. Thanks Frenchie!

6 Months, 1 Week ago

The biggest punches and worst fights in French domestic rugby

The frogs don't have the monopoly on this type of thing. It seems like it exists in Romania, Russia, and Georgia quite a bit too.

I played some in the USA and there are whole teams that are strictly polynesian. When they get down invariably the fists start flying.

Sorry to racially/culturally profile but that was my experience.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

The biggest punches and worst fights in French domestic rugby

I wonder how old you are? Nobody is calling you a pussy.

Rugby is not about fighting to be sure, but as a front rower what would you do if your opposite was striking one of your smaller teammates? Sometimes you have to look after your mates.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

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

So don't watch it. Stick to threatening to bite people or complaining players aren't getting hefty enough bans.

Tradition is what rugby is all about.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

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.

7 Months, 1 Week 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.

7 Months, 1 Week 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!

7 Months, 2 Weeks 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.

7 Months, 2 Weeks 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.

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Newcastle's Richard Mayhew crunches Harlequins' Sam Smith

Hospital.

7 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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