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Sam Whitelock forearm 'strike' in retaliation gets him two week ban

.....Um..That's how we second rows tickle.... It wasn't a big deal..

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Pascal Pape and Wenceslas Lauret red carded after tense Paris derby brawl

Hahaha Pape against Cudmore would have been hilarious. As we've seen before Cudmore is a loose cannon and can start throwing the first punch almost without provocation...And the second...Third...Fourth...Fifth...

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Pascal Pape and Wenceslas Lauret red carded after tense Paris derby brawl

To me it's almost a look of surprise, running in to break up a fight and getting punched when you are showing no aggression is the sort of time where that face is perfect it's the "omg...you....you.. just hit me... what was that for? I didn't do anything" It's THAT face!!

He's a complete prat.

Does anyone know whether he was bleeding as a result of the scuffle or the ruck or tackle prior to it? (Or prior to that?)

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Worcester Warriors prop Val Rapava Ruskin cited for referee push

6 weeks..

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Outrageous Moments in Rugby History: Matt Burke relives a 96-19 thrashing

I get it was a thrashing which was probably not a comfortable conversation but that seemed really strained and awkward...

3 Weeks, 5 Hours ago

Referee knocked out by disgraceful punch in rugby league game

I believe so, being on a rugby pitch doesn't make you exempt from the laws of the land... And what he did was outside the laws of the game....

For instance punching someone is illegal, but the boxing is legal, so provided you're within the laws of boxing all is well...

I think the police are obviously pretty lenient towards rugby goings on in general, otherwise we'd see people prosecuted for fights on the pitch all the time, but I guess it's up to them if they want to get involved or if the referee presses charges (if he's allowed to?)

3 Weeks, 14 Hours ago

Worcester Warriors prop Val Rapava Ruskin cited for referee push

Should have yellow carded him for it in the first instance, second yellow card for no apology...

Idiot..

3 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Pascal Pape and Wenceslas Lauret red carded after tense Paris derby brawl

...and Pape for being French and being Pape...

3 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Pascal Pape and Wenceslas Lauret red carded after tense Paris derby brawl

Whole thing was a bit 'meh'....

Only person I'd have carded is the pink 11 for being a prat...

3 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Powerful report on mental and emotional health in rugby

Well this tugs on the heart strings!

I have to say I somewhat disagree a little Scott... I don't think the game should be watered down regarding big 'hits' (you mention knocks, which for me seems to come in the form of injuries which I don't glorify). Rightly or wrongly, it's always been the case of "if a guy runs at you, you knock him back so he doesn't run down your channel again"... that has to be glorified, especially when it's a David v Goliath incident. I'm also not so sure that the culture has to change, more so, it has to be known that "it's ok" to talk, to talk about your worries and fears and all amongst what should be your mates... I'd say that needs to filter down to the grass roots where we're still all a bit rougher round the edges. Talking is something people need to be able to do and need to know that they are able to do it - but listening is also a massive aspect - some guy not looking as good as normal, wait until he's on his own, ask him if he's alright, it'd probably be easier at grass roots because the drinks all come out.

We've seen Gareth Thomas, Nigel Owens - two rugby stars in their own right who have come out as gay and mentioned mental health issues. I mean this positively, their issues are things people don't care about.. no decent person is going to judge them based on their sexuality when you can see what they have achieved, it sounds ridiculous, but they show what can be achieved by anyone regardless of sexuality and that is what filters down to people so that they learn not to judge others.

Vickerman on the other hand looked like he had everything going for him, except maybe he was missing the camaraderie and support of his other players. But people have said in this video - tough exterior, soft interior... he's a big guy who achieved so much, he shouldn't have been ashamed or worried to talk. It's a tragedy.

Then again, it's all so clear as I sit and type this hear, but everything is blurred when you're lost in your mind.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago