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Awful spear tackle sparks huge brawl in French third division

What he said...

It was interesting I was doing my best to follow each player. I watched the whole thing through a number of times. Looking at the two players that got sent off, red and whites, it was the tackler.. which is fair enough, but then following him, he does his best to keep out of it, then eventually plays a part by just walking in the way 90% of the time to try and block everyone, seems at the end he got a battering for his troubles..

The yellow player who got carded was quite interesting as well, (if correct) he was the full back and appeared to play a massive role in trying to diffuse the situation. Stayed out of the scrappy stuff, pulled players out, then eventually started throwing a few.

I just find it interesting that it was a 50-50 split carding forwards and backs, judging by the amount of forwards involved, the referee could be forgiven if he'd just carded 2 forwards... but the full back?

Also interesting was the fact that at the time Red 5 did not receive any punishment - he was; in my opinion, the 3rd man in. Everyone else played a "oh dear it's kicking off, lets slow it down and calm it down role" but he came flying in and dapped the guy that just got ostriched!

2 Months, 1 Week ago

A look at the USA's preparations for the new Sevens Series


2 Months, 1 Week ago

A look at the USA's preparations for the new Sevens Series

Come on then big mouth, who are "real players"?

Of course don't forget this is 7's, so it's not 'real rugby' is it?


2 Months, 1 Week ago

A look at the USA's preparations for the new Sevens Series

SBW is pushing for the NZ team I believe. I'm not saying anything negative about 7's players, but SBW has played some real hard stuff and pushed some very big guys back. I reckon if he gets into the 7's team he will be a tough nut to crack.

Of course 7's is about space and speed also, so the the likes of Carlin Isles will be difficult to keep a tab on in such a big field if he gets any space.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Elvis Taione sends Nick Evans flying before receiving yellow card

oh gtfo with that tackle resulting in a yellow!

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Midweek Madness - Referee warms up with imaginary players

Like you said, there is an element of amusement to this, however I can see how it could be very useful. At the end of the day at training we all do drills like, catch, run a few steps then pass... well why do we pass? In reality some times in training there is no one in front of us... why not just run all the way to the try line? (Because I'm a forward and it's usually too far!)..

So I can see this is good for the referee's mind to play games out, good for his body with the direction changes, speed changes etc...

That being said, I've never seen it before... normally our referees are finishing their cigarette as a warm up...

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Tim Visser scores bizarre corner flag try in Harlequins' defeat

"As the saying goes, you make your own luck sometimes."

There is the other saying which is:

"Always play to the whistle"... The Exeter backs could be forgiven I suppose as the kick did well and truly look like it was on it's way out, but it's an example of not assuming things.

Great effort by Visser, but also well done to Exeter for pulling off the win.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Emotional Hakas farewell Jonah Lomu at final public memorial

The thing I find difficult is that I'm not friends, I'm not family, indeed I never even met the bloke. So to feel like I feel watching this video and indeed the beautiful Eulogy by Eric Rush is quite alien to me.

I've known people at school that have died. I've seen other BIG 'celebrities' notifications of death and parts of their funerals (Princess Diana springs to mind), and how that clearly touched a lot of people.. But I almost felt closer to this set up than I did the other lot stated previously...

I suppose there is a combination of knowing how much he meant to his family and friends which is very sad, then his surrounding area, then indeed the whole of NZ, SH, and from there the world. To see such a collection of incredible players, all paying their respects, to read other players tweets and comments, it's clear to see how much he meant to rugby. I suppose he was the first big name I'd come across, I knew the different rugby teams, but 'Lomu' was always a big name. I suppose indeed it was his name and game that actually helped me to understand rugby (as best a video game can do) and learn other names/nations and probably indeed roughly where they ranked in the world...

What a massive farewell from the crowds. I still cannot really believe it, Jonah Lomu is a household name and for him to be gone from this world is still a shock.

Thoughts and prayers for the families and friends.


2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Thom Evans to make rugby return in Dubai 7s

Wow, best of luck to the guy, I remember the moment the injury happened, it was quite a sickening moment. I remember trying to follow his recovery as best as the media would allow with their info. I'm glad to see him make a return, stay safe.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Eric Rush's hilarious, heartfelt eulogy to friend and teammate Jonah Lomu

Well that was quite heart breaking to watch :(

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago