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Silvère Tian banned for MORE THAN A YEAR after Referee abuse

Very good point about the TV commentators. Can you imagine Bill McLaren questioning the ref's decisions?

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Rib crunching tackle from French star at the recent Atlanta 7s

I'm probably going to get shot down for being sexist and "objectifying women" or some such nonsense, but sod it, I'm going to say it anyway:

I find this clip highly arousing.

Look at the timing of that hit and the beautiful tackling technique. Perfectly executed, with exemplary body position. And don't get me started on the way she was lurking out there, anticipating that pass and getting the angle and timing of her run just right. But even more delectable is how after making this cracking tackle, how quickly popped up and hit the subsequent ruck, again with great technique and body position! That kind of quick ball, generated by a lovely tackle and speed at the breakdown, is almost impossible to defend, as it proved to be here, with the flourish added by the winger's unsubtle but effective enough sidestep.

Yes, this is rugby porn and I admit I was salivating at the sight of the wonderful blend of power, technique and timing on display.

Well. What did you think I meant??

On a side note, that Marjorie Mayans is pretty hot and I reckon I'm not alone in having thoroughly impure thoughts about her.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Owen Farrell yellow carded for knocking out Dan Robson with sickening clash

Badger, Couple of things:

"The game has become soft" - one bloke was knocked out and the other had blood pissing from his ear. That's a decent enough level of carnage for me.

"I'm worried the refs rely too much on TMO for decisions" - completely agree, but in this case Romain Poite can be heard immediately after the tackle saying (to the touchies and TMO): "for me it's a yellow card". This was exactly the decision he ultimately made, so we can surmise that the TMO had no influence other than perhaps confirming Monsieur Poite's view.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Owen Farrell yellow carded for knocking out Dan Robson with sickening clash

Rugbyrob, Sorry to hear of your injury. Was your broken neck the result of a high tackle?

Your big question is actually not that at all. In fact it's irrelevant. The law you states you must "attempt to grasp" the tackled player. Very difficult to grasp a player who's unexpectedly fallen below waist height.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Owen Farrell yellow carded for knocking out Dan Robson with sickening clash

The brilliant thing about Jeremy Hunt is just how many times his name has been publicly "mispronounced":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suOPz-rRSxg

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Crowd get involved in Biarritz and Béziers juniors massive off-field scrap

Check out the hero around 27 seconds into the second (heinously vertical) video!!
Lurking behind the dugout/shelter, he emerges only to lob a rugby ball in the general direction of the fight, then casually wander off, generally disinterested in the whole event.

3 Months, 4 Days ago

Crowd get involved in Biarritz and Béziers juniors massive off-field scrap

Agree the line has to be drawn at spectator involvement. Especially if the fighting is on concrete - unfair on the blokes wearing studs...

3 Months, 4 Days ago

Crusaders beat Jaguares in entertaining clash in Christchurch

Should be happy they at least identified him correctly. Remember that awesome try Cedric Heymans scored against NZ a few years ago and the kiwi commentators insisted it was Vonson Clerc.

3 Months, 5 Days ago

Wasps score epic try then snatch victory at the death through Piutau and Gopperth

Add to those two Farrell and Ford, and it seems we have quite a strong trend for rugby dynasties in England.
I think Will Greenwood's dad Dick played for England as well didn't he?
Oh and Bill Beaumont's boy seems to be doing pretty well too!

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Wasps score epic try then snatch victory at the death through Piutau and Gopperth

I have never heard of Thomas Young, Wasps 20, before. In the first try above, that turnover on the line was outstanding. Then in attack, he sucked in no fewer than FOUR defenders and gave a lovely soft pass for the try. Very impressed. I'll be looking out for him from now on.

3 Months, 1 Week ago