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Leonardo Senatore banned for 10 weeks after biting Keegan Daniel

Replying to both you and Alasdair here, but I can't see how you can imagine he bit him until he had arms across his face. He hasn't got teeth in his neck. I mean, I'm sure it's six of one and half a dozen of the other, but neither guy is entirely blameless, no?

Having said that, this is the only video of it I've seen, I didn't see a high quality version during the game so I could be completely wrong. It just looks like Daniel has his arms over Senatore's face, and gets a nibble as a result. How bad was the bite, was he marked? Or was the reaction just due to not liking being bitten (which I can understand)?

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Leonardo Senatore banned for 10 weeks after biting Keegan Daniel

Not nice to see, but if you've got your arms across the bloke's mouth and are pulling his head this way and that, expect him to have a little nibble. If he's got previous then he should be banned, but the circumstances should also be taken into account.

Pretty poor to see Keegan Daniel go whining to the referee afterwards when he was no saint.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

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

I expect it, sadly, means their national team will continue to go south. Great young players just won't be getting into their sides, and they are only going to get worse and worse. Look at England's footballers: great club competition, utterly shoddy international team with no truly world-class players amongst their ranks.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

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

I've seen a fair few brain farts on a rugby pitch before, but this was the first time I've seen someone follow through...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Sila Puafisi red carded after clearing out Kieran Marmion with his head

I believe it's pronounced "kwomblé".

The 'coc' is silent.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Sila Puafisi red carded after clearing out Kieran Marmion with his head

Cockwomble is a term of derision which I picked up from my good lady wife. The cockwomble in question is Puafisi, not yourself, good sir.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Sila Puafisi red carded after clearing out Kieran Marmion with his head

100% cockwomble.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Fascinating Nigel Owens chat about respect, his attempted suicide and more

I'm proud of the way that the rugby community seems to have realised before many of the round-ball gang that who you want to kiss and cuddle doesn't actually change other, vastly more important factors, such as eyesight, ability to blow a whistle, and not being Steve Walsh.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Fans and players involved in crazy fight at full time in Argentina

Where abouts in France is the town of Argentina?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Fascinating Nigel Owens chat about respect, his attempted suicide and more

I disagree. I think it's important that we celebrate referees as people, and learn what makes them tick. In the same way that young people can look at star players and want to emulate them, I think it would be good if young people can look at referees in the same way.

Owens is an absolutely sound role model. What better use of his status than to show young, closeted gay men that there is a life for them once they come out. There will have been young men with suicidal thoughts watching that interview, especially in still quite conservative Ireland, and it will have helped them immeasurably.

In terms of the ref being a part of the game you don't notice, I think that went with the increased pressure of being mic'd up and televised. All of a sudden the referee IS a personality, whether they like it or not. Can't blame them for then making the most of it.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago