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One week ban for Michael Hooper as he pleads guilty to Foul Play charge

So "entry point of two weeks" means nothing if you can cite a bunch of reasons to make it one week only?

Surely "entry point of two weeks" means, if he's been an angel in all other respects, then he gets the minimum of TWO WEEKS. If not, it slides up the scale.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Michael Hooper cited for this dangerous cleanout on Mike Brown

If Hooper gets banned, who will replace him? Do they bring Ben McCalman on at 8 and move Pocock to 7? Or Palu perhaps? Either way, they don't lose an awful lot. What they sacrifice in Hooper's ball poaching they make up in a big, hefty ball carrier.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Michael Hooper cited for this dangerous cleanout on Mike Brown

To be honest, Robshaw's complaining to the referee is just plain ineffectual. Whenever you see him, he's having some gesticulating moan at the ref, and then he always walks away sulking. If he did that less often and saved it for the incidents when he really has a leg to stand on, he would have a far better success rate.

I was watching Sergio Parisse in the Ireland game and the way he deals with the ref, and it's chalk and cheese. He never loses it or sulks. He immediately accepts when a situation is unsalvageable, and then he drags his insolent team mates away from the ref before they make him angry. I think a lot of captains can learn from his example.

On this clean-out - I think it's a clear case of dangerous play and Hooper will likely get a couple of games off. Harsh, perhaps. But fair.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

England knocked out of home World Cup by outstanding Wallabies

Which is clearly not a very good way to do it. Ask twitter to choose between Foley, Pocock and Launcbury while the whole of Australia is asleep. Okey dokey then.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

New Japanese Super Rugby team confirmed as being called The Sunwolves

Welcome Sunwolves. Pity you're going to lose your first game. But don't lose heart.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

England knocked out of home World Cup by outstanding Wallabies

He was good. Some big carries and he had those two charge-downs. But really, when your team is knocked out of the world Cup by 33-13, and when a guy like David Pocock played the way he did, this is beyond silly.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

England knocked out of home World Cup by outstanding Wallabies

Cipriani was quoted as saying no Australian player would make this England team, but I suspect what he meant was "No Aussie would be seen dead in this England team".

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Argentina and Tonga score great tries in entertaining Pool C clash

This was, for me, one of the best games of the World Cup. I know the score looks like a hammering, but it didn't feel like that at all. Both teams played the perfect spectator rugby - fast, wide, good angles, great offloads. The two Pumas wings, Cordero and Imhoff, were just so good. And Nicolas Sanches put in a masterful performance at flyhalf. If the Pumas can sort out their discipline issues (No. 5 lock, I'm looking at you), they can be real contenders.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

England knocked out of home World Cup by outstanding Wallabies

Fantastic performance by the Aussies. Their scrum, aside from a couple of early wobbly ones, was dominant over a supposedly superior England tight 5. And both Pocock and Foley were in sublime form.

Can someone then please explain how, despite these performances and the 33-13 score, they still managed to name Launchbury as Man of the Match?

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

South Africa go top of Pool B with comfortable win over Scotland

Decent performance by the Boks. Trickiest selection dilemma for Heyneke Meyer is how to tell Victor Matfield that he won't be needed henceforth. Lood de Jager pretty much put down his name in pen on the team sheet.

I suspect SA will top the pool with Scotland second. Aus vs Wales will then determine who plays who in the quarters. That should be an absolute cracker of a match as I'm sure neither of them want to deal with SA in the quarters.

I was also very impressed with the way Nigel Owens handled the match, and particularly his refusal to be swayed by Ayoub's strange insistence that JP Petersen be sent off for a "tip" tackle. There was nothing in the tackle and, if anything, the Scottish player seemed to duck his head down towards the ground to make it look like he was dumped on his head.

TMO interference aside, I think most of the refereeing in the competition has been very good.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago