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Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Maybe ok for the timing, but regardless of your momentum if you keep on holding to a player who lands head first you are causing a dangerous tackle. You can't argue that "it's not his fault, it's momentum" and that "it was a proper tackle" simultaneously, and yet not take dangerous play into consideration.
If it were Betsen smashing Wilkinson I'd certainly say the same thing.
PS: IRB section for referees on dangerous tackles: "Tackles making contact with the head or neck OR which might cause damage to the neck or head"
PPS: IRB definition "A tackle occurs when the ball carrier is held by one or more opponents and is brought to the ground"

3 Years, 3 Months ago

USA Eagles come from behind to beat Canada for first time in eight attempts

Great job USA! Some very nice rugby. I would historically support Canada, but anything that can move the USA away from American Football and towards rugby wins my support too.
I wonder when's the last time that France played any rugby that looked even remotely like this ...

4 Years, 14 Hours ago

Friday Funnies - The Honey Badger's 101 in Aussie Lingo

I'm guessing this Aussie lingo is a proud imitation of London rhyming slang (Cockney rhyming slang) from the late 19th and early 20th century.

4 Years, 1 Month ago

Jared Payne banned for two weeks after red card challenge on Alex Goode

When I barge into a ruck, I generally look at where my studs land. I don't think any referee would allow me to walk all over someone's face and argue for my defence that my eyes were on the ball the whole time.

4 Years, 2 Months ago

France snatch victory from England in Six Nations thriller in Paris

You can always try the following link, but I don't know if it works outside of France (wait for the advertising to end):,96160408.html

4 Years, 4 Months ago

New Zealand hold off late charge by spirited France side

A bit in front, not so blantantly offside. The French commentators didn't even mention it during the game. But on the 2nd NZ try there is only one person to blame: Huget (French winger who gets sucked in and leaves 2 opponents on his empty wing). Maybe the Blacks are beatable after all :)

4 Years, 7 Months ago

New Zealand hold off late charge by spirited France side

That's experience for you. First scrum the tight head goes down, next scrum the loose head goes down, etc (opposite of wherever the referee is).

Anyhow a good game of rugby, the referee was quite alright, apart for the odd bad call here and there (on both sides).

4 Years, 7 Months ago

France vs New Zealand and November Tests Preview video

I do like Jerry Lee Lewis, well except fo his pedophilic tendencies that is (that made him marry his 13 year old cousin).

4 Years, 7 Months ago

Rory Kockott misses long range penalty but tries again with dropgoal

The home crowd is generally quiet when the home team kicks, but in many towns you'll hear some whistling when the opposing team is kicking. Depends on the opposing team, too. And on the kicker (Wilkinson gets less jeered for instance). And on the home town (in Castres the fans seem more civilised than in Toulon, Perpignan, Toulouse)

4 Years, 9 Months ago

Chris Masoe finds new role as touchjudge after assistant ref injury

In rugby teams there are two main strains of captains: those with probity, those with pugnacity.

Chris Masoe was the captain of Castres 2 years ago and as such was well-known to the Racing's current two trainers (formerly the trainers of Castres) for his probity, so neither Toulon nor the Racing had any problem in naming him touch judge.

4 Years, 10 Months ago