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Craig Joubert breaks silence on THAT decision against Scotland in the 2015 World Cup

I guess everyone has a ref that burned them at the world cup. The saffers have BL, we NZers have WB and the Samoans have Peyper who didn't review the knock-on two seconds before the match-winning try that the Scots scored to get to the QF that Joubert reffed

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Giant Bok teammates Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager come to blows

Etzebeth has always struck me as a little insecure. The fake laugh that does a terrible job of covering his nervousness when he gets into a scuffle makes me cringe. Now, pushing around a team mate that is starting to look better than him. It was so clearly a man trying to exert his dominance in all the wrong ways. The guy is like a little kid that doesn't know how to control his emotions and just throws a hissy fit over nothing

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Ben Botica inexplicably kicks the ball away as Harlequins attempt late comeback in final

Pressure does some strange things to people. The body reacts faster than the mind. Even on the weekend we saw Sunwolves kick for the corner rather than take 3 to win the game with a few minutes to go. Hurricanes I believe it was also kicked possession away with a few seconds left, which almost cost them the bonus point.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Luke McAlister creates two Gael Fickou tries with superb little chips

It took McAlister ten years to finally work out that it works better nearer the opposition's goal line rather than your own. I used to curse him every time he did it in NZ

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Midweek Madness - Referee stops counter attack when instinct kicks in

There's one like that on here somewhere from last year, also NZ sevens, but the ref left him hanging

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

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

Considering his Dad's a defence coach, he has no idea how to tackle. He was probably a bit unfortunate on that tackle but if he hadn't done the earlier one, Poite would have let him off. He's lucky he's not a bigger man. I've seen him get away with shoulder charges a number of times but because he had no impact, the ref ignored it.

Best part of the game was his face when he was carded

2 Years, 4 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

I have read the Marler was called an English c*nt and if that was true, to me it's perhaps slightly different but as bad or worse than gypsy boy. Some people disagree as they claim English is a nationality not an ethnicity but I disagree. If there can be Hungarian ethnic minorities in Romania and German ethnic minorities in Hungary then I'm not sure why English can't also be an ethnicity

disclaimer: I'm not a sociologist

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

And consider the difference between "black and proud" and "Hey black boy". It's offensive because it's intended to belittle someone

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

Gypsy can be an insult for people who like to travel but it's originally for Romany people. They are ethnically from India but people thought they were from Egypt, hence the term. And it still is used as a slur on most of continental Europe, where we also play rugby and have TVs. A lot of the Lees from Wales are descended from Romany immigrants, even if they are white now. I'm not sure about Samson but even if he is a traveller or wasn't offended doesn't really matter. I could call my white atheist friend a k-f-r but I would still expect a ban for using a racial slur.

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Gilbert release the easier handling and far more visible Match XV Plus size ball

I'm outraged and offended, next they'll be making it rounder and telling us we can't pick it up!

2 Years, 1 Month ago