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Wales bounce back with strong win over France in Cardiff

Why did Picamoles get a yellow, hands in? And what's up with these jerks patting him on the head? Very unsportsmanlike.

8 Months, 19 Hours ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

I'm not saying this player should not be sent off, but players lose their feet at almost every breakdown these days and keeping your feet is a "Law of the Game". It's not the 10 Commandments we're talking about.

I personally have never seen anything that warrants a 10 game ban (with the exception of an eye gouge and an assault on a referee). If suspending players is such an important part of what the IRB does they should codify the punishments to fit the infringement.

8 Months, 4 Days ago

Ireland outplay Wales for convincing week two win in Dublin

Somebody needs to punch Mike Phillips in the face. He's such a moron.

8 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies - Nigel Owens tells off Mike Brown and Yoann Huget

Letting what go? That wasn't much of a head butt. Sending somebody off for a minor bit of head to head contact is out of proportion to such a non-event.

When I ref kids' games and kids start getting chippy with each other I make the two players shake hands. Refs used to do this all the time and 4 out of 5 times it works to de-escalate. They still squeeze the hell out of the other guy's hand, the same way we used to though!

Keep 30 guys on the field unless they leave you no option.

8 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jacques Burger's tackling masterclass on Rugby Tonight

Excellent

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Mouritz Botha crunches Jean Deysel in Saracens vs Sharks friendly

This is the future. Champions League style international club matches.

Would you rather watch Leicester vs Wellington Hurricanes or Italy vs Scotland?

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Toulon chairman Mourad Boudjellal on building the champion club

Well the issue is when young promising players from countries like NZ (say the understudy for McCaw or Read) leave at 22 years old to play club ball in France and forget about Super 12, AB's, and NPC because they can make twice the money abroad they can make at home.

What happens to test rugby then?

8 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Toulon chairman Mourad Boudjellal on building the champion club

This is so interesting to me. Is Toulon the blueprint for things to come? In 10 years will players still ply their trade in their home/test country or will it just be an international market like football where the best players are the highest compensated?

I started playing two years before rugby went pro and I remember the guys arguing that mercenary style rugby would be the ultimate outcome of professonalism. It's taken 20 years but maybe they were right.

8 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

Definitely right about rugby refs talking the most.

EddieG mentions Ed Hochuli (the jacked up guy) in the nfl. Good point.

Still other than Tim Donaghy in the nba have you ever heard of an American sports ref writing and promoting an autobiography? Or have their own highlight clips? Refs should be anonymous.

8 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

I don't disagree with the sentiment but in no other sport do referees have fans.

I've noticed rugby refs are getting bigger and bigger egos and becoming a bigger part of the game. They (we, I ref youth games) are human beings that are doing a service to the game, but they shouldn't have an agenda or want to put their personal stamp on a match as they often now do. The best referee is one that you don't notice.

9 Months, 9 Hours ago

 
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