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Silvère Tian red carded for insulting referee Romain Poite

I absolutely concur. What is the biggest ban anyone has copped for an eye gouge? That should be the sanction here. And I am not being facetious. It is that heinous in my opinion. If you want to abuse officials, piss off and play football. This kind of behaviour, along with "simulation", is why I find it so difficult to enjoy watching football these days. Clamp down on this immediately or it will become an irrepressible plague.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

DrG, Ten, Well done, you actually made me laugh out loud. :)
You can't Suarez someone wearing a gum shield - that is brilliant!

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Life ban for horrific deliberate kick to the head by club player in Argentina

"That's std assault." - is it? I thought STD assault was when you gave someone gonorrhoea...

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

David Pocock suspended after choking Chiefs number eight

Ahaa!! He is a bastard after all! Had a suspicion that the legend of Pocock was a bit too good to be true...

I know it's a different sport, but the "tapping out" thing is a pretty universal code and it's strange that Pocock seemingly chose to ignore that.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Life ban for horrific deliberate kick to the head by club player in Argentina

99 years! They don't mess about do they? Bloody right too, for such a despicable act.

Still, I have to say, Martinez will be kicking himself (awesome pun, thank you), that he didn't post an apology on Twitter straight after the game.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

I don't think Watson can have any complaints here. You can't blame the sly run by Ashton, he (Ashton) didn't change the direction of his run, which is what would count as blocking. He changed his pace, but that's allowed. It's the kind of thing that is done several times per game.

I'm not happy with Watson remonstrating with the fourth official like that. Very footballery.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

I believe that is the Argentinian translation of "He's off his feet Sir".

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Aviva Premiership Tries of the Week for Round 18

Nah, it's the Bath one at the end for me. Tighthead prop sidestepping, beating defenders and providing a lovely soft pass to put the bloke through for an easy run-in is a sight to behold.

On the first one, (finished by Wray), was De Kock on for a hat-trick or something? That pass at the end had a strong scent of "jug avoidance"...

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Graphic: The Most Popular Rugby Boots in the 2016 Six Nations

Clearly I'm not Mr Current Affairs in this area, but I didn't think blades allowed for rugby, because of the danger of lacerations etc. Was that ever the case? If so, when did it change?

Haven't had the pleasure of playing rugby on artificial turf yet, can't say I'm enthralled by the prospect either. Bad enough playing on parched, hard ground in summer - I use my cheapo astro-turf football boots in those conditions, (economy ones bought for under £20 several years ago from my favourite unpleasant mass retailer, naturally). That seems to work fine and is quite kind on the soles of the feet too. Having said that, they don't protect very well against some fat bastard treading on your foot with his studded boot.

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Barnstorming Pierre Spies run sets up Bismarck du Plessis try

That's the one!
Love a good vertical jump.

1 Month, 1 Day ago