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Morgan Parra banned for two weeks for head butt on Rene Ranger

DrG, FYI you've actually posted the link to that Tom James "headbutt" again.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Morgan Parra banned for two weeks for head butt on Rene Ranger

Copyright Sean Maloney / Rugby HQ / Plays of the Week!

It's on RD somewhere but can't find at the moment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksSI5kpRFHY


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1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Morgan Parra banned for two weeks for head butt on Rene Ranger

@RD - absolutely love this phrase:

"Ranger ... casually inserted his gumguard, then smashed the feisty Frenchman".


Brilliant!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Morgan Parra banned for two weeks for head butt on Rene Ranger

RE-ARRANGERED!!! Boom! What a belter of a tackle. That's the first thing to establish here. Bugger all wrong with the tackle itself - I think one of the commentators (more on them in a minute) described it as "cynical". Bullshit, it was textbook.

If Ranger was not 10m back he must have been at least 990cm. Maybe not from the ref's mark, but certainly from where Parra took it (pretty much on the 22).

Parra's an idiot. Taking the tap behind the ref's back, how dopey is that. Just because you get humiliated and emasculated in a tackle, you can't go round headbutitng people! Throroughly deserved red and ban.

Finally - those commentators!! Who are these people? They're a disgrace to the art of calling a game and an embarrassment to England. Fucking idiots. Didn't have a clue what was going on, but kept spouting more and more nonsense. As for the cycnical business, the only one being cynical here was Parra - his only intention was trying to catch someone closer than 10m, which I have no problem with if the oppo are 2-3m away and being deliberately lazy in getting back, but this was just fucking stupid and I took an enormous amount of pleasure in seeing him reaRangerred for his trouble.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

Freddie Burns came on for the last ten minutes against New Zealand in December 2012 - aka the one when England handed the All Blacks their collective arse.

I think that was his only England cap so far. He looked pretty good, very confident and unaffected by the size of the game - however, it was in the bag at that point and you can't ask for an easier introduction to international rugby.

Apparently his club form since then has fallen off a cliff - i haven't seen enough to comment. But either way, young George Ford seems to have moved ahead him in the pecking order for England. Ford was on the bench against Ireland, but clearly that wasn't the right environment to send a youngster on for his debut in a key position...

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Massive try saving hit by Israel's Yonatan Kaplan vs Gibraltar

Otto - where do you live? If you're in London, let's go for a beer sometime, you sound like a great laugh.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Massive try saving hit by Israel's Yonatan Kaplan vs Gibraltar

"If it looks like dangerous play, 90% of the time it is."
In this case, it does not look like dangerous play.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Wales bounce back with strong win over France in Cardiff

My French is not as good as it was but he was definitely making a specific point about the scrum, so personally I would say that's acceptable and he did speak politely. But, if I'm not mistaken, I'm pretty sure Rollers told him to do one anyway, (politely too, something along similar lines to "talk to your captain").

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Massive try saving hit by Israel's Yonatan Kaplan vs Gibraltar

Euro 2016 qualification in the wendyball, now this. Gibraltar is turning into a sporting powerhouse. Not bad for a population the size of a small town.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Wales bounce back with strong win over France in Cardiff

I hereby doff my hat and bow in humble admiration and respect for Monsieur Saint-Andre, who has taken the massive decision to drop Picamoles, specifically on account of his pathetic, schoolboy, footballery reaction to being sinbinned.

This decision is a victory for all those who consider respect for the referee to be a sacrosanct part of the awesome game that is rugby.

In PSA's own words:
“Respect is the foundation of our values. It is important to send a signal to all players that the privilege of wearing the jersey imposes duties and obligations.”

Couldn't agree more Phil.


PS - By the way, the cynic in me can't help wondering if PSA would still have been quite so bold had the next fixture been against a better team than Scotland...

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

 
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