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Host selection process kicks off for Rugby World Cup 2023

This is a genuinely good idea. And all profits from those games should be kept in the second country, to be spent on grass roots rugby.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

Context, intention and outcome are all important, and frustratingly subjective in their application in each situation. You know that I'm one of the people who thinks that throwing punches on the pitch isn't ok, but I can at least understand that adrenalin plays a massive part.

The players most likely to throw punches tend to be the forwards, but surely only because they have to prepare themselves for the most intense physical combat every game. It must be phenomenally hard to control that adrenalin. In this situation I think what makes it so bad is that there wasn't the same need for aggression. We intuitively know that this makes it worse.

Another factor is outcome, which understandably annoys a lot of people when applied in a way which seems wrong, and yet outcome matters. We know that a drunk driver who kills people should be punished more than one who only drives into a ditch.

Likewise with intent, which is clearly important. The desire to injure another is deemed to be wrong, and yet if we saw a punch which failed to connect we'd more likely laugh than not.

It is therefore really easy to cast accusations of hypocrisy, which only makes me feel more and more sorry for the referees and officials who have custody of the game. The game is increasingly being pulled in a range of different directions as it grows in reach and appeal. More parents than ever watching their children play, more people than ever watching on tv, more people playing than ever, more money in the game than ever, more medical knowledge about the risks involved than ever... it's a nightmare.

I think your point is that punching on the field is unacceptable, which I agree with, but it isn't easy to read dry humour or sarcasm on t'interweb.

Sorry I made it into something a lot deeper.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

I'm trying to work out what crime I can get Barritt falsly accused of.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

Stroudos is trying to troll a troll in order to get more irritating troll comments, so we can work ourselves up into a rage about it. Stroudos is being a postmodern troll. Welcome to RugbyDump!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

Ooo, Chablis! Is there going to be pâté?!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

Jack Nowell looks like what gets printed out when the Police's Photofit computer catches a virus. He looks like a very badly photoshopped collage of four different people, none of whom have made decent hair choices.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

Yep, he would, but rugby is just rugby. There are certain things that shouldn't be tolerated and, as such, action should be taken when they occur. Lancaster had no choice, not only due to his past treatment of Care, but also because he's a decent bloke.

Lancaster may not be the most exciting tactician in the game, but he's a decent bloke who has never lost the schoolmaster ethos of coaching the whole person. It's not enough to want the best from players on the pitch, you also have to want the best from them as people. It doesn't mean you should shut the door to them eternally. Schools and sports teams should always be places where redemption is possible, but redemption starts with punishment imposed and reformation chosen.

And I think both Stroudos and DrG are arguing the same thing, but DrG's syntax was a little off in his first post, cue hilarious misunderstandings.

This is why grammar is important.

Dan
A Teacher

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

No, he's not done enough for club yet. Too soon.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Host selection process kicks off for Rugby World Cup 2023

It's a joke about the football world cup.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

I completely agree. It is not acceptable to behave that way, regardless of your career, fame or wealth. Lancaster has done exactly the right thing. Tuilagi is just one player. Yes, he would have been a really good asset for the team, but this is unacceptable.

Lancaster had previous form in this regard. He dropped Care when he got into trouble and Care said that it helped him realise what he needed to do to change. Tuilagi isn't the bright star in the sky and perhaps needs something of this magnitude to learn from.

I'm disappointed as an England fan, but I wouldn't want someone who assaulted police officers to get a chance to represent his nation a few months later.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago