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Chris Ashton reflects on his controversial 10-week ban for gouging

For all I dislike Ashton's attitude on the pitch he actually comes across pretty well here.
Never thought it was a gouge in the first place and ten weeks is ridiculous - anyone remember when Schalk Burger only got 8 for his blatant one in the Lions tests?
It would seem that the rugby board like to think of themselves as a court but the defendant goes in with the presumption of guilt having to be lifted as opposed to being prosecuted.

3 Days, 20 Hours ago

Ashley Johnson's huge hit on Bryan Habana at the Stade Mayol

Wayne Barnes would have given a yellow.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Alesana Tuilagi banned for 5 weeks for 'kneeing' Japanese tackler

This is a joke, sorry for replying here just to get up the comments but I think it's important everyone sees this...
http://pulse-static-files.s3.amazonaws.com/test/worldrugby/document/2015/10/07/79a5854d-9037-4938-936c-e1d519079526/151007_JO_Decision_Alesana_Tuilagi_(Samoa).pdf
...the Judicial Officer's report into the decision. It is basically a sad indictment of what the boys in suits do. Now there are too many of them employed in all these pointless positions they need to justify their existence so go through footage with a tooth-comb after each game with a presumption of guilt whenever anyone so much as loses a contact lens.
It's a farce.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Rugby Tactics: The Choke Tackle Epidemic Continues

1st clip - 6 straight in from the side after a maul had formed.
2nd clip - 4 rebound from the back after becoming detached from the maul.
3rd clip - Ireland did it properly.

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth slap one another while smiling

I love you too Mozz87

10 Months, 1 Week ago

Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth slap one another while smiling

Both deserve a 6 week ban. Deliberate contact in the area around the eyes.

There is no place for this in the game, it's only a matte of time until a serious injury.

Think of the children.

10 Months, 1 Week ago

Midweek Madness - Player throws second ball into ruck to halt promising attack

Is there a law saying a quick penalty tap has to be with the same ball? I know lineouts need to be taken with the same and not interfered with by an non-player. Come to think of it, what about restarts also - same ball required? Come on boffin refs, answer me!

10 Months, 1 Week ago

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 6 of Super Rugby

Everything is getting silly, time and again we see players banned for just as long for competing for a catch and someone accidentally landing awkwardly. Now we have a deliberate kick to the head getting a lesser punishment.

Where has the sanity gone?!?!

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Try Savers and Rib Breakers 13

I remember as a boy coming to this site and watching the others back to back. Now as a man I will spend the next couple of hours doing the same. Thanks RD!

1 Year, 1 Week ago

Romain Taofifenua banned for three weeks for kicking Stuart Olding in the head

So what is essentially being said by the IRB is that if you're playing within the laws and accidentally injure somebody then you deserve a 3 week ban.
The sooner this nonsense gets stopped the better in my opinion, the whole thing has gone beyond a joke.

How about a system whereby if a club feels foul play has been committed on their player during a game they can refer the incident to be investigated, as opposed to somebody sniffing around for an excuse to justify their salary (the current system). This would mean on the balance of things most clubs wouldn't bother referring things like this because they know what goes around comes around and if they report this, the next week it may be their player on the receiving end of IRB insanity. When there is serious foul play, e.g. gouging then they would obviously refer the incident.

The current system has no benefits other than to the IRB's employees who're have a contrived job.

1 Year, 3 Months ago