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Ma'a Nonu knocked out cold by Anthony Tuitavake, who was clearly upset by it

A beautiful show of respect all round. Tuitavake down on his knees at Nonus side, checking he's ok, then Nonu fist bumping him as he walks off... brilliant stuff...

Tuitavake giving him a tap to the head for good measure as he goes off as well ;) haha

Lessons learned here boys and girls? Respect is massively important....and so is going low!

Erm, also have any of the nutritional staff got notes or a record for Bastareaud or has he some how flown under the radar and been missed? Seems the bloke is hell bent on becoming a sumo wrestler...

6 Days, 13 Hours ago

England win in Melbourne to take first ever series victory in Australia

Views on Jouberts efforts?

I'm really not a fan of the guy and I thought his lack of carding was highlighted, but then his explanation at one point at how England were 25 minutes without indiscipline, so it was back to a warning seemed quite fair? (In two minds)
I felt for Moore though, he looked at his wits end - I'd imagine England were up to all sorts of things that the referee missed and which he didn't, "the niggle" as it was called definitely seemed to spill over quite a bit, would love to see the tunnel footage!

I was utterly disgusted by Owen Farrell poaching a well worked forward try!

Actually, the forwards in the England side seemed quite handy putting the boot to the ball.

6 Days, 13 Hours ago

Georgian flanker sent off for kicking Irish player in U20s match

Your English is good. I agree with you that it is not something that is often punished. Kicking a player in the head is not the way to go, however something needs to be done to stop players holding on..

1 Week, 1 Day ago

CJ Stander banned for 1 week after red card for knocking out Pat Lambie

veji, there have been massive drives to protect players jumping for the ball, if you wish to punish this, as world rugby have, then it clearly opens all sorts of doors in favour of stopping jumping for a charge down...

Stander was not jumping straight at Lambie, he was going for the ball... there is a huge difference here...

A hypothetical, CJ Jumps in exactly the same manner and makes contact with the ball, then KO's Lambie - what is your ruling on this? He went for a charge down and completed it, or touched the ball, but in the same process the outcome was Lambie being stretchered off? Because the referee more or less states "he cannot charge down the ball" which I take as - he was never going to be able to charge it down.... The way I view it, is that if you're giving a red for the initial incident then you HAVE to give a red for my hypothetical - therefore you're opening the doors on charge downs. In which case, I'm afraid to say they should be scrapped, as should jumping for the ball.

This sort of brings us all the way round to some point I made up there somewhere about how those awful bloody trialled laws in a varsity match about a free catch anywhere on the pitch are really the next step forward - this eliminates players jumping for the ball or feeling the need to jump for the ball.

As for my first reply, there is quite a bit of truth to that, CJ was going for the ball and had he landed on his upper body after contact with Lambie then why shouldn't it be a red card to Lambie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujVD0A2mbYo

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1 Week, 1 Day ago

Gethin Jenkins still a tackling machine as he makes BIG hit on Aaron Cruden

Couldn't tackle me hard, I'm a forward... Lawes is clearly too chicken to tackle someone his own size...

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Gethin Jenkins still a tackling machine as he makes BIG hit on Aaron Cruden

Another example of forwards picking on small backs... just like Lawes....

Speaking of 'laws' I suggest we make new ones so that only backs can tackle backs... or so that forwards can only grab tackle backs...

Although flippant comments aside, I'm glad to see a nice big hit without the resultant whistle blowing and arm waving! :D

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Georgian flanker sent off for kicking Irish player in U20s match

You've caught me here, unfortunately I didn't see the match so I cannot comment further other than saying that because of the history of the sport in tier 1 nations the discipline levels tend to be higher than some of the newer tier 2 nations which are actually fielding a large amount (if not all?) amateur players....

Georgia itself has also had a bit of a history of poor discipline. I'm not saying it is the right thing to do at all, but perhaps referees have things like that in the back of their minds and are looking out more so?

Again going back to this incident... it was one of those none incidents for me... technically according to the law, it is a red card, but I've seen harder contact with other limbs equating to a lesser punishment...

1 Week, 2 Days ago

CJ Stander banned for 1 week after red card for knocking out Pat Lambie

Nice copy and paste from wiki.... entirely unrelated but credit for ctrl c technique is certainly due...

1 Week, 3 Days ago

Georgian flanker sent off for kicking Irish player in U20s match

I'm a massive advocate of players clouting someone who is holding on to them outside of play, in this instance the irish player was on the ground and holding the leg of the georgian slowing him and restricting his playing abilities... however brains tell us that any form of leg to head type of movement is completely wrong....

As for the Irish not getting carded? I take it you missed the Ireland SA game? A saffa ran face first into an Irish airborne arse and the Irish player was red carded!

1 Week, 3 Days ago

UPDATE: Bans dished out for filthy club rugby fight in Argentina

Kind of a running joke around here... welcome and stick around... there is bound to be plenty more!

1 Week, 3 Days ago