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Aaron Smith apologises for toilet romp as New Zealand media react

OK take Trump. No really, take him...

The bloke has been a famous womaniser and philanderer for decades. Which is fair enough when you're a wealthy businessman - apparently they're not expected to be moral role models.

But now he's trying to attract votes from a section of society made up of puritanical, self-righteous nutjobs. So, in order to do his job, he has to espouse those people's values. In fact, I reckon those people are such hypocrites that they won't care about the tape, and will declare it another great example of Trump brilliantly "telling it like it is".

By the way, "[Trump] might have been a fantastic leader"??? I'd ask for some of what you're smoking, but it seems you've had the lot!

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

New Zealand score 45 second half points to CRUSH South Africa

Now that *would* make a scandalous tabloid story...

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

New Zealand score 45 second half points to CRUSH South Africa

A quite brilliant suggestion, but I suspect these sides would quickly achieve #1 and #2 spots on the ranking.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Nick Phipps warned for pushing medic during Argentina Test

Penalty and a chat absolutely sufficient and fine.
Christ knows what the physio thought he was doing.
Hat tip for the ref too, "getting his Owens on".

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Aaron Smith apologises for toilet romp as New Zealand media react

If a vicar preaches every Sunday about monogamy and tries to tell everyone "thou must be faithful to the provider of thy nooky" (hat-tip to George Carlin there), then it transpires he's cheating on his wife, then that is of interest to his flock and arguably to the general public.

Or, a more hilarious, real-life example: if you're a politician chairing a committee tasked with cracking down on prostitution and drugs, then it transpires that you've been paying people for sex and drugs, then that is going to be a matter of interest to your colleagues on that committee, your party leader and, to some degree, the general public. (Not to mention of course, your wife - (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/10/keith-vazs-wife-says-i-forgive-him/).

If you're a professional rugby player who, as far as I'm aware, has never gone around telling other people how they should behave in their own private lives, then it transpires that you gave a woman a portion in an airport toilet, despite being in a relationship with another woman, well that really is a problem for your partner and you to sort out one way or another. I don't see how it's anyone else's business.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Aaron Smith apologises for toilet romp as New Zealand media react

Come now DrG. What goes on tour stays on tour. Everyone knows that.

This role model thing is such a flawed concept it just doesn't bear serious discussion.

I'm fine with a sports star being a role model for people looking to make the most of their natural talent in that particular sport; or for people who want to see how hard work and dedication can improve the chances of excelling in that sport even without being blessed with such natural ability; or, perhaps, for people who want to know how to get fit and healthy through sport, or to enjoy playing a team sport.

On the other hand, why on earth would I teach my kids to look to a sports star for guidance on moral issues, or apparently in this case how to remain faithful in a monogamous relationship? It simply makes no logical sense that being successful at playing rugby would automatically convey a responsibility for the moral guardianship of strangers.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Aaron Smith apologises for toilet romp as New Zealand media react

Jimmy, Usually agree with most of your comments, but not this one...

"It wasn't JUST consensual sex though was it?" - well, either it was consensual or it wasn't, and I haven't heard anything about the woman being pressurised into it. If anything, I would probably infer from the fact she was up for rumpy-pumpy in the karzi so soon after meeting someone that she was a more-than-willing participant.

"It was in the disabled toilets of an airport" - only an issue if a disabled person is waiting outside.

"on the way to South Africa for a test match" - I'm not sure how much in advance of the match they travelled, but I imagine that he'd have had a bit of time to recover before the match. I remember David the Haymaker Haye saying he used to refrain from ejaculating at all, (ie not even one-man romps), for a month leading up to a fight, to keep his testosterone and rage as high as possible, but I think that is a bit extreme. For a scrumhalf, I'd guess one chief concern would be potential of groin injury.

"and he cheated on his missus." Really a concern only for his missus and his own conscience isn't it? Unless his missus is the team doctor, physio, admin assistant or in some other way connected intimately with the team. That could be pretty disruptive.

"Bit different." - very different from gouging and spear tackling, yes. It appears that the judgmental witch who grassed him up considers those things are acceptable behaviour for "role models for young Kiwis".

2 Months, 1 Hour ago

New Zealand one step closer to record after beating Argentina

As in, worth trying, not "a try"..

2 Months, 5 Days ago

New Zealand one step closer to record after beating Argentina

I like it. Got to be worth a try, right?

2 Months, 5 Days ago

New Zealand one step closer to record after beating Argentina

Nice to see the All Blacks taking the bull by the horns and imposing the handicap system I proposed last week on themselves. Certainly made for a more entertaining finish, but clearly it's still not sufficient. Maybe instead of 20 minutes with 14 blokes, next time they could do the whole second half that way.

2 Months, 6 Days ago