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Dan Carter makes impressive Racing 92 debut in convincing win over Northampton Saints

I see. Thanks..

The Bayonne / Biarritz thing sounds quite surprising - I thought they hated each other!? (Well, perhaps not "hate" but I had understood the rivalry was quite intense).

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Dan Carter makes impressive Racing 92 debut in convincing win over Northampton Saints

What is the name change about? If you wouldn't mind sharing I'd be interested to know...

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

There's a conclusion?!?

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

Scotland thing rings a bell. Can't remember any details of it though.

The Tuilagi knee thing was just an insane decision.

In the Rhodes incident above, Jacques Burger very nearly got a mouthful of studs. I'm amazed serious facial injuries don't happen more at this level, because it's not unusual for leaping players to flail their legs about at head-height in the way that Trimble did here. And, but the way, it's clear from this incident that sticking your boot out while you're in the air doesn't actually deter tacklers anyway.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

Apart from the "simples" bit, I could get on board with this, mostly because I'm shit at jumping so this could allow me to be a bit more competitive at high-ball time.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter." - Blaise Pascal.

Similarly, "tl;dr" - Less intellectual youth of today.

"We're going to delve deep into the if's and but's here which I'd rather not do" - DrG, protesting ever so slightly too much.

Be honest, you absolutely LOVE ifs and buts, as evidenced by over 2,000 characters of inscrutable filbustering.

But to address your points, I agree with you on the issue of players leading with sharp parts of their body when claiming a high ball.

The way Trimble led with his studs up is in my opinion bloody dangerous. And it's not uncommon to see people do this.

(I see you've responded to my point on this further down, so will address there).

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

I'd like to add one further observation if I may. There's long been a tendency for players catching a high ball to lead with their boots or knee, presumably as a defence against being tackled in the air and to deter tacklers from hitting them immediately on landing, basically trying to give themselves a bit of time and space. Self preservation to some extent.

Now my point is if Trimble had caught the ball and landed after his jump in what I would call a normal action, I reckon he may have had at least one if not both feet in the ground when the tackle came in.

Instead of that we have Trimble basically trying to Jackie Chan Burger in the noggin and that action, in my opinion, is what left him in the air for longer and put him in that awkward position when tackled, with one foot over his shoulder.

2 Months, 1 Hour ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

"Taken through the horizontal" is not mentioned in any rugby law though. (To be fair, neither is this "duty of care" thing that I've made up).

By the way, sanction for both "tackling in the air" (Rhodes) and "dangerous charging" (Payne) is a penalty kick. The cards come out for the level of danger introduced in each case. On this basis I would say Rhodes's fractionally mistimed tackle is less dangerous than Payne's charge.

The problem is of course that at this point we are getting quite subjective, so probably best to simply agree that I'm right. ;)

2 Months, 1 Hour ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

Did he?? I didn't know that or see it at the time. Scumbaggery of the highest order if that's true.

2 Months, 1 Hour ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

I take your point but for the difference is fractional miscalculation versus total disregard for other players.

2 Months, 1 Hour ago