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Sunwolves lock Tim Bond suspended for 4 weeks for dangerous tackle

Agree. Whilst I think it's right to discourage tip tackles, I can't remember the last time I saw someone injured as a result of one.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

Benny, you're quite right on your opening piece, including the etymology, (similar to the way we still say Bohemian to refer to scruffy arty types, after the horde that used to hang out in Bohemia years ago, but actually had nothing to do with he place.

But here's the thing. Irish travellers are about as closely related to the Romany gypsies as I am to Queen Elizabeth's left tit. They just jumped on the bandwagon so they could claim minority rights under the auspices of political correctness.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

I see. To be honest, I find that insult quite amusing. Not hilarious, or high-brow intellectual humour, of course, but it's clearly harmless chat. And it's taking the piss out of a person's lifestyle choice, not his ethnic background.

The problem with this whole affair is the ridiculous idea that "Irish travellers" are a race or an ethnic group. Yes, I know it's articulated as such in Law, but whoever allowed that to be written is an imbecile. In reality, it's patently *not* a race; it's a lifestyle choice and a bloody stupid one at that.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

Indeed. But that's the crucial difference isn't it. When I pollute this otherwise excellent website with my hateful, ill-informed opinions, I don't claim any authority or aim for anyone else to take the bilge I spew forth as the gospel truth on any subject.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

"hey Gypsy boy, f*** off back to your caravan" - is this what he said then?
All I've ever heard was "hey gypsy boy", which seemed simply to be a very effective way of getting Lee's attention and stopping him from manhandling his captain.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

"Perhaps it is the media padding the situation" - I bet it is, the scumbags. The amount of hypocrisy, hysteria and jealousy of so many journalists is truly revolting. I can quite understand why dictators clamp down on them. If I ever come to power in a ruthless bloody coup, "journalists" who write this type of shite wil be the first group of people up against the wall.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

I think the line that needs to be drawn is that offence is taken, not given. Consequently, this business of taking offence on someone else's behalf has to stop. Because it weakens / dilutes / trivialises real issues.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

First I've heard of any "go back to your..." comments.
The only thing I heard was "hey gypsy boy", which seemed to be said purely as a way of getting Samson Lee's attention and to stop him harassing Hartley - both of which were achieved.
Who else said what then? "Fuck off back to London" doesn't make any sense seeing as they were in London at the time - was this said by a prop?
I heard Conor O'Shea reported that Lee called Marler a "posh English cunt", which again as far as I'm concerned is mildly amusing, mostly for the idea of describing Marler as posh, and completely inoffensive.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

I want Joe Marler to completely take the piss with the charity donation. If only there were some charity fund that assists local councils with the massive financial burden of legal bills incurred in getting law-breaking travellers to move on from illegally occupied and developed green-belt land.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

I've had enough of this bullshit now. As if a big enough mountain hadn't already been made out of this insignificant molehill, banning AND FINING the player is just ridiculous. All this is doing is trivialising what is meant by racist abuse. There is enough real racial discrimination and injustice going on in the world without organisations vicariously inventing offence out of thin air.

World Rugby would be better advised to focus its attention on sorting out crooked scrum feeds than fighting imaginary bogeymen.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago