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CJ Stander banned for 1 week after red card for knocking out Pat Lambie

Was there intent? Was it late? Could he have done more to avoid the collision?

For me, the jump was a bit reckless (bearing in mind the oppo kicker is always unable to brace himself for contact) and so should be punished. Red could be a bit harsh, but players have a responsibility to protect each other's welfare in the tackle, and I don't view charge downs any differently.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Courtney Lawes demolishes Owen Farrell with another trademark tackle

If i get creamed at first receiver it would definitely make me think twice next time I get the ball. That's the whole point - good D

2 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Six Nations Finale Preview: 3 Classic Grand Slam Deciders

There aren't many tries scored against England that make me smile, but I can't help but love Scott Gibbs' solo effort. What a game - I cant still vividly remember watching it at home aged 13. [Looks nostalgically into the middle distance]

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Nemani Nadolo HUGE charge sends debutant flying and leads to great Crusaders try

I do love Justin Marshall's commentary

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Ireland and Wales open Six Nations campaigns with a frustrating draw

Thanks KK, been playing rugby for years and genuinely wasn't aware of this 10 metre rule (whoops), though I've just checked it out here:

11.4 a) has an interesting point:

"The offside player must immediately move behind the imaginary 10-metre line or the kicker if this is closer than 10 metres".

My interpretation is that he doesn't need to retreat 10 metres from where the ball lands, but just behind the kicker. So once the kicker passes him, he is onside.

However you may be right that since his initial movement is forward, this is enough to penalise him.

I love rugby but I can understand why my girlfriend doesn't have a clue what's going on.

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Ireland and Wales open Six Nations campaigns with a frustrating draw

Can anyone explain to me the reason Tomas Francis was called offside after Lloyd Williams' box kick? Was it for being in front of the ball when the kick was taken? (1.42 in above vid).

To my mind he never chases the kick, but retreats behind his scrum half, and then plays the ball once Ireland have knocked it on.... Eddie Butler stupidly said in BBC commentary 'Wales are not 10', which means absolutely nothing in that context. I'm not sure what the ref signals, and there's no mic connection at the time, so.... someone please enlighten me!

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Chris Ashton penalised for dragging Luke Marshall down by the face

Deliberate or not, dangerous or otherwise, Chris Ashton has once again shown he has zero technique!

2 Years, 3 Months ago

Kenya book Olympic place with superb last-minute try against Zimbabwe

What a hand off!

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Wasps thump Toulon in Champions Cup upset in Coventry

i still don't like that wasps moved to coventry. the decision has been vindicated by increased crowds and improved performance, but it will always seem wrong to me!

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Most Memorable Tries of the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Savea's try was outrageous. Absolutely bulldozed three big Frenchies!

I seem to remember some pretty awesome scores in the Argentina Tonga game?

2 Years, 6 Months ago