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Paul O'Connell knocks out Dave Kearney with clumsy kick to the head

Yes indeed. Actually you can also gouge if it's not intentional. For example if the opponents' eyes happen to be somewhere between your fingers and the ball. As long as it's not intentional your ok.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Toby Flood faces ban for alleged dangerous tackle on Andy Goode

This is absolutely ridiculous... Flood gets cleared, and Armitage gets 8 weeks for something nowhere as dangerous. There is absolutely no consistency in the decisions.

I understand that refs can make mistakes on the pitch as they need to make decisions without having all the facts in hand.

However, when you see such discrepancies in the disciplinary hearings when the guys have several days to watch video footage, the only reason can be that they have received instructions on who to ban or who to save.

Hope the IRB is not going to end up as corrupted as the FIFA or the International Cycling Union.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Toby Flood faces ban for alleged dangerous tackle on Andy Goode

Indeed, not the slightest comparison can be made to Varndels tackle.
Tip tackles should be avoided because they are dangerous. What is dangerous about them? The fact that head or neck hit the ground first and get the whole body weight unto them.
You just have to look at the slow motion. Agulla lands on the side. Actually, his head doesn't even hit the ground. Goode lands exactly on the neck and he is almost perfectly vertical at 0:17. He would very well be in a wheelchair now... Would anyone then argue that TB shouldnt be banned?

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Toby Flood faces ban for alleged dangerous tackle on Andy Goode

Exactly.
And the fact that there is malicious intent or not does not change anything to the dangerousness of the action. It's actually quite irrelevant.
If there was malicious intent, meaning that he would actually voluntarily try to injur him or break his neck should be prosecuted for it...
Of course, TF did not have malicious intent. But did he lift and drive goode into the ground? Yes. Rules are quite clear about this: "- The player is lifted and then forced or 'speared' into the ground (red card offence)"
Tolofua against Treviso did not have any malicious intent (he was just stupid), had a clean record and still got 6 weeks for it.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Gloucester's Andy Hazell sees red following alleged eye-gouge

14 weeks. No eye gouging. Any comments?

1 Year, 10 Months ago

 
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