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Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

Ironically (or perhaps counter-intuitively would be a better word), I think when he isn't scrapping his rugby seems to suffer. Maybe some players just need that sense of anger so they have something to channel into their game.

2 Days, 2 Hours ago

Jonny May starts and finishes brilliant length of the field try against Connacht

Shit! Did you see that!? That was liquid rugby!

But yeah, doesn't get involved enough, has made a couple of defensive howlers and even a lot of his attacking play for England has been very predictable - I've only seen him really back himself once. Most other times he seems to hesitate before telegraphing a step infield - that Esposito off Italy worked out that move to beautiful effect (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw6OoKStPhg).

2 Days, 12 Hours ago

Jonny May starts and finishes brilliant length of the field try against Connacht

Lovely stuff. Not my words, but those of Shakin Stevens... *

Frustrating player, May. Frankly I think to date he's been awful in an England shirt, yet he's capable of pulling awesomeness like this out of the bag. And, lest we forget, he's done it against the best team in the world.

So if you're Stuart Lancaster, do you include him just in case he delivers such a moment of brilliance at a similarly crucial moment? Or go with someone more reliable?



* Wondering if anyone is of the right comedy vintage to get that obscure reference...

2 Days, 14 Hours ago

Friday Funnies - Henry Seniloli's premature showboating costs Treviso a try

A beauty. Available on the related videos above, by the way - http://www.rugbydump.com/2008/01/298/friday-funnies-deon-kayser-chases-down-robbie-fleck

3 Days, 10 Hours ago

Friday Funnies - Henry Seniloli's premature showboating costs Treviso a try

Ha! Nice one.

Actually your Fleck video is more enjoyable, as Fleck was always so easy to dislike so it's easier to take pleasure in his misfortune!

I've always been quite a fan of Carling. Having said that, apparently many of his contemporaries didn't quite feel the same way - I heard one story that he once got a good shoeing at a ruck (when rucking was still allowed), got up and started moaning at the ref, demanding "did you see who did that?" - before the ref could answer one of Carling's own team-mates said "it could have been any of 29 blokes to be fair".

3 Days, 10 Hours ago

Friday Funnies - Henry Seniloli's premature showboating costs Treviso a try

DrG - your choice of video was almost prescient as it would be better suited to the Skelton/Latu incident!

It's interesting for me because I find myself mildly outraged by the Skelton/Latu one, but I remember watching this (Thorn) one at the time and my only reaction, other than laughing, was to think how impressive it was that he could so casually lift and chuck about a bloke of Smit's weight...

Clearly the application of the laws has changed - in 2008 just a penalty "reversal" (that was already going SA's way anyway...); in 2015 retrospective red cards and 2-4 week bans. But I find my attitude towards these incidents has also shifted the same way - if Thorn got away with a penalty for that now I'd be very surprised indeed. Maybe I've been eating too much cous-cous.

3 Days, 10 Hours ago

Waratahs Will Skelton and Tolu Latu both suspended for double lifting tackle

"it would have ruined the game as a spectacle" should never be a factor in a ref's decision-making process in my opinion.

We see this all the time in football, where a ref reaches for a second yellow card and then decides against it. Undermines all credibility and authority.

3 Days, 14 Hours ago

Waratahs Will Skelton and Tolu Latu both suspended for double lifting tackle

I think the whole tip tackle discussion came about following the BOD incident and this does have the hallmarks of that, ie cheap shot after play had moved on, or in this case whistle blown.

Personally I'm of the opinion that intent rather than outcome should hold sway and the intent here was clearly to act like a pair of bellends, so I think the bans are deserved.

3 Days, 14 Hours ago

Friday Funnies - Henry Seniloli's premature showboating costs Treviso a try

Larry, as you allude to further up the page, what Carling did here was about as showboaty as it got in those days.

3 Days, 16 Hours ago

Friday Funnies - Henry Seniloli's premature showboating costs Treviso a try

Meant to say notable by its absence and very similar to this one.

6 Days, 4 Hours ago