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Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Speaking of despicable scumbags who should be banned for a lengthy period of time.......

Has everyone seen Pascal Pape's antics from the weekend??????

I would post a link, but don't want to steal RD's thunder in case there's a post on it forthcoming(?????)

Suffice it to say that it is quite possibly the most heinous, contemptible act I've ever witnessed on a rugby pitch.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

What a delightful metaphor. Bravo!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Am I the only person who thinks this was an unfortunate accident then?

If you assume that O'Brien had remained upright, (a fair assumption from where Hartley was standing, in my opinion), I imagine Hartley would have been able to bind onto him - to either contest for the ball or to initiate a maul - and that the "swinging arm" was a reasonably legitimate attempt to disrupt the ball in the process.

Unfortunately, of course, it didn't work out that way and resulted in a very ugly challenge leading to a bloke being knocked out. In light of the recent World Rugby directive re contact with the heid, a red card was the only sanction realistically available to Rowan Atkinson, I mean Jerome Garces.

In my naive and blinkered view of the world, the red card is sufficient. It was the correct decision, therefore no further action is required. But I don't have a bloody clue about the citing and disciplinary process and I suspect that's not even an option these days.

However, I will make one point, regarding the "It's Dylan Hartley - a recidivist and a compulsive twat - therefore they should throw the book at him" argument. In a court of law (in the UK at least), the jury is prohibited from knowing - where practical - anything about the defendant's previous record, allowing them to judge that case on its own merits without bias or prejudice. Well that's the theory anyway. Only after a guilty verdict do they get into the previous and then it absolutely should influence the sentence.

If Hartley is found guilty of a deliberate cheap shot here, then yes make an example of him, but I do hope that they view all the footage and conduct the hearing without any preconceived notion of "oh yes, it's him, yeah he's known for this sort of thing".

Final point from me - much as I admire BOD, his tweet is wrong. Hartley's reaction - "not a murmur of complaint" - simply means that he respects rugby values, a key one being when you're sent off you leave the pitch without complaint.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Don't be silly Monsieur Noir. Unless I missed the memo, Hartley is not French, so why on earth would he be punished any more than is necessary? ;)

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Three big bumps in latest edition of Smashed Em Bro!

Well I wouldn't go so far as "sux donkeyballs", and the southern hemisphere bias accusation is probably about as illogical as it is inaccurate...

But, I must admit, as someone who'd been frequenting these esteemed pages for a number of years, I was more of a fan of the random clips of footage, mostly involving people being smashed, that you'd be unlikely to see elsewhere. That Tadgh Furlong beast-mode charge would surely fit in that category. I know a few decent sites where you can still find a steady flow of that type of clip, but I won't share them here, out of fierce, unwavering loyalty to Rugbydump.

Trysavers & Rib-breakers was a particular highlight of the old RD; a masterpiece, no less, that ought to be resurrected. "The roughest, toughest, most badass rugby video series", according to TSRB #11. And who could argue with that!? By the way, I think Episode 11 (http://www.rugbydump.com/2010/05/1422/try-savers-rib-breakers-11) may have been the pinnacle of the series: it is hard to imagine a better use of Foo Fighters' The Pretender, and I still hear the Jim Telfer and Keith Wood speeches in my head every time I hear that tune.

So what happened Mr Dump? Was a decision made that it was no longer possible to improve on #11? Definitely a challenge but I'm sure it can be done. Come on, it's what the fans want!

It is nice to get the highlights and comedy stuff, and yes we do still get the odd smash now and again, and to be able to share one's own ill-informed opinions, but yeah a nice #TSRB would be a wonderful Christmas treat for us all wouldn't it!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

Not intended to support or debunk either point of view, partly because I can't remember who was arguing what, but here is a clip of a rugby player being tackled and doing a somersault (well sort of) as a result:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBfKKuWzFus

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1 Month, 1 Week ago

George North free to play after sickening landing worries fans

Aha. Very good. And very true, no doubt.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Five outstanding tries from week 13 of the Top 14

Oliver, I play wherever they pick me mate. Or wherever the bloke who just left the field injured was playing. So far this season, I've done all the back row positions, hooker, both centre positions and wing. 14, 6 and 2 in one single game the other week! Jack of all trades, master of none. And I think this probably also gives a decent indication of the level I play at.

Playing more often as a forward these days and I'll tell you what - when you go back to playing as a back after a few games of groundhog flanker shit, it makes you a LOT more careful with the ball on the few occasions the bastards let you get your grubby paws on it.

I actually think all backs should be made to play a couple of games as a forward. Truly appreciating the amount of work that goes into securing the bloody ball I think makes you a better back.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Warren Gatland confirms British & Irish Lions coaching team for New Zealand tour

im1 is absolutely right and a very good summary of Jonathan Joseph's strengths. Not to get too carried away, but he reminds me of Conrad Smith in that he is quietly effective - you don't see him smashing people or making humungous carries and fends, but the entire back line is more secure defensively and more creative in attack when he plays.

I reckon Joseph would be the first name on the team-sheet for me. (I'm equally confident that Monsieur Gatland does not see it that way, unfortunately).

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Five outstanding tries from week 13 of the Top 14

Krip, I apologise. Let me put down my keyboard warrior's shield and sword.

You realise it was a figure of speech? Here are some alternatives with the same meaning:

I hope the coach:
- read him the riot act
- threw the book at him
- gave him the hairdryer treatment.

None of these should be taken literally.

1 Month, 1 Week ago