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Wallabies snatch victory from courageous Scots at the death

That's the curse of this beautiful game. It is way, way more complicated to officiate than, say, soccer. Soccer has about four rules, and they're pretty obvious. As long as the ref is centrally positioned, and the linesmen stay in line with the game, they should get 99% of the calls right. In rugby, it is not only far harder to spot every transgression, but half of them are also completely open to interpretation. It is a minefield for any ref, and asking the TMO to judge every single thing is not an option. So what do you do? Because who would want to be a ref when this is the result of people's expectations under highly charged circumstances?

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Wallabies snatch victory from courageous Scots at the death

I know everyone is disappointed for Scotland. I am too. But the IRB rules on TMO decisions are very clear: only for try grounding, foot in or out of touch prior to try, transgressions in last 2 phases before try and suspicion of foul play. Don't hate the ref if he follows the rules, however much the result irks you. Also, he appears to have got the call right. Ball came forward off Scottish hand and was then secured by Scotsman. Those are the facts. I suggest people rather deal with the facts than make emotional statements.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Argentina knock Ireland out with convincing Quarter Final win

Incredible performance by the Pumas. When I saw Creedy in the tunnel before they ran out, I knew they were up for it.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Footage and recaps of the latest RWC 2015 Bans

Not sure why Ford and Gray are appealing. That was ugly and very dangerous. Looks even worse than the Mealamu/O'Driscol assault.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

New Zealand run riot to thrash France in Cardiff Quarter Final

In my language we speak of a "snotklap" - a smack that sends the snot flying. This was a snotklap.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

South Africa edge Wales in tense Twickenham Quarter Final

Man, that was almost too much for me. 80 minutes of non-stop stress. Will be watching replays of that Fourie du Preez try for many years to come.

Got to hand it to Wales - they really pitched up for this game.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Mayor of London Boris Johnson ploughs through a 10-year-old Japanese child

Boris Johnson still has nothing on Reykjavik mayor, Jon Gnarr.

http://twistedsifter.com/2012/11/jon-gnarr-mayor-reykjavik-world-most-interesting/

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Mayor of London Boris Johnson ploughs through a 10-year-old Japanese child

Or as someone posted on Twitter today: "Last Japanese defender brings down giant English ball carrier short of the line".

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Eben Etzebeth reacts to journalist asking 'Stupid Question' about nickname

Off topic - If Tuilagi got 5 weeks for his knee charge, then Boris Johnson should get at least 10 weeks for demolishing this little kid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYZ-Aidn8oo

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3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Eben Etzebeth reacts to journalist asking 'Stupid Question' about nickname

It is a bit of a stupid question, and it's poorly phrased. If you're asking a left-field question to someone who doesn't speak English as a first language, then just spit it out straight and simple.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago