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Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

I'm with Katman, Stroudos and the others who are 100% convinced this was intentional.

I do think that the apology, while more self-serving than anything else, might be driven by some remorse. He may have shocked himself with the brutality of what he did in the split-second of the stamp.

Huget is a strange one. In quite a few games, I have seen him do a few "niggly" (dirty is probably too strong) things, really trying to provoke a scrap, and then a few moments later he is patting opposition players on the back, helping them to their feet etc. Not that this in itself is anything strange, but when you put it together with the recent incidents, I really can't work him out.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

Yep.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

I may well be mistaken (and forgive me if so), but you probably haven't played in games with multiple cameras, some of which are bound to pick up the cynical act.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

The suspension means he would miss England's warm-up games and the first pool game. Lancaster should just get shot of him.

Great picture in the telegraph article... makes it difficult to argue it was just a bravado-fuelled bump!

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03320/dylan-hartley_3320230b.jpg

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

Bye-bye Hartley! Even without a ban, Lancaster's form on dealing with players' wrongdoings suggests he will just give him the boot. I remember reading all the shite in the media about him having learned his lesson, grown up, blah blah blah... and thinking it would only be a matter of time.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Jonny May starts and finishes brilliant length of the field try against Connacht

As an Irishman, I was disappointed for Connacht. But...

That try is just a joy to watch. I find it remarkably similar to the famous Baa-Baas try against NZ, just a modern day version (complete with premature celebration!).

The dummy by May to beat the last man before he passes is something else.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Toulon's Xavier Chiocci scores a great prop try against Castres in the Top 14

You'd have to give similar treatment when backs get involved in the ugly stuff and score a "forward's" try. O'Driscoll barreled over a few times from the base of a ruck.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Sergio Parisse harshly red carded as Brice Dulin gets tipped up in the air

Players would just get very adept at counting to 29 while writhing about on the ground!

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Sergio Parisse harshly red carded as Brice Dulin gets tipped up in the air

It might be marginal, but the flanker grabbing Parisse's shirt alters his trajectory and ends up making things worse.

But I agree totally with im above. What the f*@$ was he thinking picking Dulin up like that?

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Chris Hala'ufia huge hit then red card for shoving player's head into the dirt

Not condoning JP's behaviour on that occasion, but I don't think you can compare that to this.

1 Year, 7 Months ago