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Ugly scenes amidst referee shocker as Spain fail to qualify for the World Cup

For rugby to compete against other sports in nations were rugby is developing, this is terrible and a self inflicted wound. Regardless of the ref or how the game was ref'd, to appoint 3 Romanian officials was pathetically stupid. Doubly so considering what was at stake, and who would benefit from a Spanish loss. There should be no excuse for attacking the ref post match, however, though I understand how the players were feeling. Spanish rugby should not let this lie.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Ryan Wilson may be in big trouble after citing commissioner intervention

Citing commissioner is way out of line here. Wilson's fingers go nowhere near the eye, and he's trying to defend himself from a man standing over him, gripping his throat. Maybe as the aggressor is English he should just lay there and take it?

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Waisake Naholo escapes card after taking Stuart Hogg out in the air

Of course it's not a card in reality, but refs for a number of seasons have been carding any situation like this. If this was another team, or the reverse situation, it would have been a card for sure. Rugby needs a level playing field on officiating, otherwise there's no point having a sport.

6 Months, 12 Hours ago

World Rugby increase investment but you can still help Samoan players

Does anyone have a decent authoritative article about the despite between World Rugby and Samoa?

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ricky Januarie floored by below the belt kick from Semi Radradra

Pretty much everything is horrible here - the block, the cheap shot in the back, the kick to the balls, both rolling round on the back trying to earn Oscars. Is this really what is happening to rugby?

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Kyle Sinckler handed seven week ban for making contact with the eyes

Contradiction here in the wording of both post-analysis statements. Panel says it was 'intentional', player says it wasn't 'deliberate' and 'not his intention'. Leaves an impression of a big lack of contrition post-announcement of the ban from the player. Also, indecisive wording from the panel - they've found him guilty of gouging, one of the most serious inter-player offences in rugby, but he wasn't able to cause injury, so sentence is reduced.

I appreciate the full statements on both sides might not be published here, but this seems a little odd from all sides.

7 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The peculiar Vannes vs Narbonne 'no maul' stand off

Thanks Didier - the plot thickens. Interesting as to why this happened. But why was it scrum white, and what possible advantage is this to either side, if it just transfers from a line out to a scrum? Seems a tactic with no real advantage, unless you are trying to run the clock down.

Interesting times when all coaches are testing the rule book.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

School of Hard Knocks 2013 - Episode 1

When's the next instalment? I've waited a long time for this!

4 Years, 5 Months ago

Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez's big tackle on number eight Dave Denton

Sorry, I thought this was the Jp Pietersen tackle on Denton

4 Years, 6 Months ago

Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez's big tackle on number eight Dave Denton

Watching live, I wasn't sure whether I was more angry about rubbing face in the astroturf, or whether Denton just took it.

4 Years, 6 Months ago