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Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Hear hear!!

15 Hours, 12 Minutes ago

Saracens secure draw with hard fought Chris Ashton try in extra time

Do you know what? I just watched it again and realised that George and Ashton were both off their feet and there's really no ruck formed here, so Scarletts 23 was entitled to use his hands as far as I am concerned.

Doesn't alter the fact that the ref was screaming "no hands no hands" right in his ear, but yeah the ref's interpretation here was perhaps debatable.

20 Hours, 56 Minutes ago

Saracens secure draw with hard fought Chris Ashton try in extra time

It's as clear a penalty as I've seen in a long time. Ruck formed, no hands allowed.
Ref:"No hands, no hands!"
Red 23: *reaches out and grabs the ball with his hand, directly under the ref's nose*

21 Hours ago

Luke Hamilton sings kids' song in unbelievable post match interview

I just clicked on the one in the Rugbydump email!

I don't recognise any of the other names on there so far.

Going to be bloody tricky - being the biased bar steward that I am, on the practice selection thing, I found I very quickly ran out of England players. Ran out of Ireland players very soon after that too...

1 Day, 19 Hours ago

Luke Hamilton sings kids' song in unbelievable post match interview

Are the regulars on here going to be participating in Rugbydump's superbru Six Nations pool?
http://www.superbru.com/sixnationsfantasy/ftransfers.php

1 Day, 21 Hours ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Very disappointed meanwhile to see Saracens have signed Subhuman Scumbag Calum Clark - this tweet made me laugh:
https://twitter.com/welshdalailama/status/821707489460764672

It does invite the question though: is simulation as bad as deliberately breaking a hooker's throwing arm? Maybe not quite, but as Vincent Vega off of Pulp Fiction might say, it's definitely in the same ballpark. It really is that heinous in my opinion, because it's pervasive - we're on a slippery slope already.

1 Day, 21 Hours ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Nice one, cheers.

1 Day, 23 Hours ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

I think your ire needs to be directed towards the officials, not World Rugby, who have specifically outlawed simulation:
http://www.worldrugby.org/news/129899?lang=en
Play acting or “simulation” will be specifically outlawed in the game in a move that formalises resistance to a practice that has been creeping into the game in recent years. Any player who dives or feigns injury in an effort to influence the match officials will be liable for sanction. Previously, such offences were covered under the laws covering general acts contrary to good sportsmanship.


In my opinion, the sanction should be a yellow card as an absolute minimum, but the law/directive is there in black and white. It is up to referees to properly police this. And they must do ruthlessly before this wicked plague really starts to take root in our wonderful game.

2 Days, 13 Hours ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

I'm 100% sure this was simulation and so are you.

Aside from that, the chat should have been about Davies cheating and preventing Skelton from playing the game by grabbing him round the neck.

2 Days, 13 Hours ago

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

As someone who's generally been reluctant to board the Ashton hate-wagon, I do hope that is correct. Giving this a-hole some verbal abuse would be absolutely acceptable, in my opinion. Bit hard to tell from the other video though.

Wholeheartedly agree on the suggestion of twatting the diving prick properly. In for a penny in for a pound! I cannot believe Davies had the audacity to insist on shaking hands. Skelton proved himself to be the bigger man figuratively as well as literally, but I'd have been very happy to see him tell Davies to piss off. Or at least, give him a contemptuous glare and walk off.

2 Days, 18 Hours ago