Why is being civilised reserved for after the game? I'm all for aggression. I'm all for big hits. I'm all for players legally smashing the daylights out of each other. This is rugby after all. But buying your opposite number a pint after the game doesn't give you permission to punch him in the face during it.
No, no, no this is not classy from Heaslip. Rugby is indeed a physical game but these things don't just happen. Kneeing someone in the spine doesn't suddenly become acceptable because you send someone a nice twitter message. This is just like the incident between Ma'afu and Youngs a while ago. Ma'afu absolutely creamed Youngs in the face and became a hero of the rugby community because he sent him a jolly apology message. Not only has it now become acceptable, but this sort of thing is actually being celebrated as a sign of rugby's values. A game for hooligans played by gentleman? Pshh
Why Nowell? He almost seems to typify the conservative selection policy that Lancaster's been so criticised for. When we have genuinely exciting options such as Yarde, Wade, Roko, Pennell and Ashton what is the Jack Nowell appeal? It's a massive shame Foden's out - he would be so great to have as a back three option.
The most disappointing part is probably Bonnaire describing this as an occupational hazard. As if this shit is in any way in line with rugby's attitude and ethos. I'm so sick of seeing punches being thrown on a rugby pitch.