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Steven Luatua banned for 4 weeks after tackle on Tim-Nanai Williams

I quite like the high ball ruling being used vis a vis hips above shoulders

10 Months, 1 Week ago

Steven Luatua receives straight red card for dangerously high tackle

Apart from Nanai Williams head butting Luatua's forearm, can we also admire the glorious break from Kerr Barlow. Absolutely untouched through the defence

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Is that a joke?

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

I saw an interesting tweet saying that Italy's tactic should be viewed as the greatest compliment anyone has ever paid England since the 2003 World Cup

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

Call me a one eyed Englishman, but Moriarty only really begins to accelerate after the ball is gone. He deliberately commits to a man without the ball. Lawes is accelerating the whole way and is committed to tackling a man in possession of the ball. Both players had the intent to hurt, but only one of them carried it out in a legal manner.

11 Months, 1 Day ago

2017 Six Nations: Best of social media from Round Two

Agree with Greenwood. Moriarty was making a serious physical impression around the park (not that I wan't to condone his cheap shot on Farrell). It's early days in his career but he looks to suit the modern game very well. It's a massive, massive loss for England that he chose to play for Wales.

11 Months, 2 Days ago

France's Caroline Boujard cited after reckless mid-air tackle

I would say that jumping for the ball means the defender has to check before they make the hit, meaning you're less likely to get clattered (wo)man and ball as you catch it (unless you get clattered in the air that is)

11 Months, 4 Days ago

New directives under fire once more as Brice Dulin gets carded for challenge

I would be interested to see how a referee would adjudicate a situation in which two players compete for the ball and the player who does not catch the ball lands dangerously.

Clearly the directives have gone too far but it would be foolish to do away completely with outcome in the decision procedure. Rather than a rigid, rule based system it should be left to the officials to come to a sensible case by case decision that blends action with outcome.

1 Year, 1 Week ago

Connacht snatch win over Wasps after new law directive calamity

In that instance, it was a case of subjective misinterpretation of the laws. This case is different. It's a complete lack of knowledge of the laws on behalf of the ref. The result should still stand but mistakes like this should not happen.

1 Year, 4 Weeks ago

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

It is shocking regardless of gender.

But I would be inclined to argue that intergender assault is far worse.

1 Year, 1 Month ago