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World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

I agree there is nothing wrong with trying to limit catastrophic injuries, however I don't believe that what they have introduced is something that can be policed properly and effectively.

They have basically put a blanket out there and said "ANYTHING gets a card" (ok, not quite, but you know what I mean). The problem is that it leaves no room for referee common sense....

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Connacht snatch win over Wasps after new law directive calamity

A professional sport brings in professional representation... players you say? No, big wigs, suits, lawyers etc, laws will be scrutinised if a team takes umbrage over a decision. Players being cited will be represented by blokes who make it their job to twist and turn they're "client" out of punishment. So laws get tighter... but the pro's are paid to search for loopholes etc..

Of course as you mention media outlets are a big part in the game as well because it isn't as I incorrectly called it just now, a game, it is actually a business...

On a side note - RD, any luck in finding footage on the Welsh player Davies being rather rude to a referee?...if you are indeed searching for it...

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

Oh don't be so ridiculous!!! He's not French you know!

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

Concussion protocol? Perhaps he is one that requires saving through the new directives....

#justiceforthatprick

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

Siggi, we try not to use the term 'sex' round here in respect for Dan... He's married you know....

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

For some reason the replies are all ending up in the wrong order... or on top of the comment I was replying too....and I'm 99% sure it's not user error...

1 Month, 11 Hours ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

P.s, comment order is all over the place... Not sure if that was me or the site...sorry for confusion :)

1 Month, 18 Hours ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

....shite tackling techniques??? How many players have we seen get their heads on the wrong side??

Players going into contact with their heads low, that is dangerous to necks/heads...again, will they be banned? They're increasing risks if head/brain trauma!

Also, banning players or carding players for head incidents will still not save people from concussion.... Some poor sod will continue to be on the end of high hits and may still have to retire through concussion, so is he part of your 99.9% or is he/she the .1% who is just the victim of unfortunate circumstances...the fall guy, the one who gets his life fucked up but we all turn around and go "hey well, we did the best we could to make the game safe, but I guess it's a dangerous game so of course SOME people will get hurt!"

Naïvety is what will ruin your life, "I want to play on the weekend and walk off and go back to normal life". Sure, don't we all, but keep in mind; and I genuinely pray this doesn't happen to anyone, that one day you might walk on the pitch and get carried OFF it, never to walk again. You sanitise a game so much and all you do is hide the huge dangers it carries and this WILL fool people into thinking it's a safe game!

And sure, the 'gladiatorial' part of the game is something i love, and I'd never want me or anyone I know, or even dont know to have their life ruined through playing it, but I'm still in my 20's and I have rugby related aches... So it's already impacting me....

1 Month, 18 Hours ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

The problem I have Dan is that the game by its very nature is inherently dangerous.... I have an acquaintance that broke his neck playing rugby fortunately for him he is not wheelchair bound and to this day he will participate in non contact training for fitness and to help out with experience. Thom Evans (I think it was him) broke his neck against Wales in a fairly innocuous looking incident that was within the laws of the game. I have seen at least 2 former players (online) who have broken their necks in scrum collapses. I have played in two games where players have broken legs. I have played in another 2 at least where arms have been broken. I have witnessed friends who have dislocated shoulders. I have friends who habe have broken collar bones... The list continues and its starting to sound like I play with a bunch of calcium deficient blokes but I assure you that is probably not the case.... That's not including the encyclopaedia worth of other ligament, muscle and tendon injuries.

I am all for player safety, but I am 99% sure that all incidents listed above that I have witnessed were within the laws of the game. Head clashes and rising tackles were within the game a handful of years ago, they slowly became illegal and yet we are seeing more and more steps being taken to reduce things that are not being reduced.....

So why are we not banning scrums? We've had more and more changes to scrum engagement which frankly have done pretty much fk all, they're still collapsing in exactly the same manner - perhaps less collapses, but the same nonetheless... The issues I have with this game are that we are no longer allowed to lift players in tackles...so that rules out dump tackles - low tackles... The increase jn offloads has led to higher up tackle which are now being clamped down on.... My point is, go the whole hog... Ban tackling and ban contact, if we want safety then remove ALL aspects of danger...

Will players be held accountable for their own...

1 Month, 18 Hours ago

World Rugby announce zero tolerance approach to contact with the head

Hartley doesn't represent my team so it doesn't matter if he represents England to me.... I think Hartley's ban was fairly lenient IF it wasn't an accident, however when you tot up how weak a tackle it would have been had he not hit SOB in the head then one is left ruling out a legitimate tackle leaving 2 options, he simply wanted to stiff arm SOB in the head, or he was trying to knock the ball out.... Given his priors you'd be forgiven. For automatically jumping to the former.... But given his recent success with England and his current good form, you'd be simple if you didn't even consider the fact it may have been an accident.

Either way, it happened and he was banned.

It's a tough sport and either legit or illegitimate hits come in and we are taught to roll with them, not take a backwards step (even consider little Stringer here!) and at the end of it, be a semi decent bloke, if that means apologising to someone you punched in the face then so be it.... But someone clearly forgot those lessons in Papes curriculum....

You say he's actually not a bad bloke (disciplinary wise). Put it this way, I'd rather be a Hartley than a diving prick like Pape... And the amusing thing about that is, if you're a pape or have a pape on your team then you're actually more likely to have a better chance of winning by getting others sent off... Unlike Hartley which could easily leave you with 14 men!

Let's not forget Pape is no angel, I noted in the other video that prior to the game where he was punched in the stomach for holding on to SOB, he also kneed Jamie Heaslip in the back.... And how unfairly he was treated for that right? The referees words? Something like, "it wasn't an accident" - yellow card!!!!

1 Month, 21 Hours ago