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All 34 out of 35 players voted to strike... the one player was a scrum half...

1 Month, 5 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Bunch of different ways to view this....

First way (just to annoy Oliver) - Dirty French tactics....

...linked to the first way is the second way - if North had his bicep around a Frenchmans head, then I have no issues with him being bitten

Third way - it wasn't actually a bite, but more of an abrasion caused by the tackle?

Fourth way - North bit himself...

I genuinely think it could have been any one of the above. If it wasn't seen on camera then it doesn't mean it didn't happen... that means that North could have been bitten, or bitten himself...

As you said though Oliver, if it was caught that he bit himself then it is feigning an injury and as such should be punished very strongly!

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

.....please tell me Jouberts first language isn't English *hides behind sofa*...

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

I know even with that try, that the kiwis had a pretty good lead, but it's thoroughly enjoyable to see not one man throw his hands up in some sort of case of trying to convince the referee that it was wrong, or that he was angry with his team or anything, simple acceptance of being stung from a brilliant move.....

What a thing of beauty!

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Oliver, I understand where you're coming from, but 1978 was nearly 40 years ago... long before my life began... I'd risk a guess that it was before your life began also (perhaps I'm wrong)... so why are you or I worried about something that happened that far back? Why hold onto it and carry it forward to the future we have now.

This is the same sort of thing we're seeing in the US and indeed to rest of the world with racism, leftism, feminism etc etc. Rather than drawing a line under it and getting on with life. The world is waiting for the powers that be, to make formal apologies and or recognition of past actions that were probably not carried out by anyone in charge today... I know I've escalated this by bringing in world wide issues into a sporting issue, but I'm your rugby brethren, we may not speak the same first language, but we both love the sport we have chosen - that is our commonality, why do we need to identify our differences and argue about things our 'forefathers' did?

You and I both watched the Wales France match, we both agreed that the refereeing was questionable in places and we are both happy that France were the victors in the end. Wouldn't it achieve more if we said "lets look forward to next years 6N and some better refereeing"... The more you highlight or try to highlight bias, the more you will create a rift in the modern game that can only be healed by total lenience towards all French play and indiscretions and an iron fist to rule all English speaking nations.. because if a referee in an England France match makes ONE mistake, and it's against the French team, then it will be used as another case study for this perceived bias.

Anyway, I hope for all aspects of the game that the French team really comes through this lower period shining brightly.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

I was actually shocked how that didn't get a card, imo, either both get cards or neither...I'd be happy with either outcome. There was also another knock on by Wales as well, it certainly looked a lot more accidental, but nonetheless...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Interesting point there about players interacting with referees....

Level headed, pleasant players, seem to get the most.

This could be why poor Parisse doesn't fair so well, once he feels he's been hard done by, or is frustrated, he starts to appear dismissive and not interested in toeing the line with the referee...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Oliver, I think it's a big chicken and egg thing...

Non English speakers, such as yourselves and the Argentinians have almost told themselves the world is against them for so long that now every opportunity that fits the bill is used as an example.... Did you guys create your own bias? There are poor refereeing decisions going against a lot of teams, remember that Wales Ireland match a few 6N ago with the ball gate drama? I remember a Jonny Wilkinson try against Scotland many moons ago where the tmo missed the fact JW's foot was out when he awarded the try...Then of course there was that pass when France was against NZ....I'm just saying a lot of teams get bad calls.... Being an Anglophobe, might be more prevelant than a clandestine meeting with dodgy referees...

Regarding Argentinian referees, perhaps it's because they are not in a great position to be referees on a world stage? Do they have the immersion into the game? An aspiring referee in France can travel around France to big games, same with Britain, NZ, SA and AUS.... Perhaps an Argument referee would have to leave his or her homeland, which maybe at this stage is less appealing.. another few years and you might see more...

Do we have Italian referees?

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Yeh and IF Italy had a decent kicker they might have won the 6N.... :D

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Quade Cooper likely to be suspended following red card vs Lions

Make Cooper looked more remorseful, his hang dog routine must be pretty good...

Have you checked Twitter activity?

1 Month, 1 Week ago