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Australian U20 Red Card shows exactly why this ruck law was brought in

Some of the Aussie commentators drive me nuts - the referee has got it right, and has also explained the reasoning quite clearly; yet, they are shocked and don't believe what's happening...

3 Hours, 37 Minutes ago

Jaguares' Ramiro Moyano runs over three Rebels to score

Actually if he were French, he would have gotten the ball 3 phases later after the 10 passed back into a flanker who formed a maul, then the ball came out to the scrum half who passed it down the line to the right before a French flanker ran a dummy and switch with the full back, who then got tackled only for the ball to be picked up by the French loosehead, who recycled ball quickly before the other half of the French team passed it down the line in the most complicated fashion possible before passing it to the winger who ran through three players to score...

Either that, or they turned the ball over because a miscommunication between the 9 an 10 resulted in a knock-on from an easy pass, which the opposition took 90m downfield to score...depends on the French team, and even then it depends on the day!

Both scenarios result in a citation and ban! :)

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Bizarre few seconds of WWE rugby with piledriver and headbutt leading to ban

Your argument is like saying that as long as a drunk driver doesn't kill or injure anyone, that drunk-driving is ok.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Bizarre few seconds of WWE rugby with piledriver and headbutt leading to ban

Actually, you're thinking of law 10.4 (j). There's also law 10.4 (e), which simply states that a player must not tackle an opponent dangerously. World Rugby doesn't define "dangerously" in this case, leaving up to the referee to choose what that means. I agree with the referee here - picking someone up and holding them upside-down is dangerous.

You could also argue that Kockott made contact with Iribaren above the shoulders (watch his knees/thighs when he lifts him). So even though I'm being a little pedantic on this one, that makes it "not strictly legal".

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Nick Abendanon sin-bin puts inconsistency in the spotlight yet again

Ridiculous that the TMO essentially overruled the referee...that's a direct violation of both the laws and the TMO protocol that World Rugby currently has in place:

6.A.4 The duties of the referee in the playing enclosure

(a) The referee is the sole judge of fact and of Law during a match. The referee must apply fairly all the Laws of the Game in every match.

The TMO protocol clearly says that "in accordance with Law 6.A.4, the referee will remain the sole judge of fact and Law during a match"

I don't understand why it's so hard to follow what's clearly written?

6 Months, 1 Day ago

Ardie Savea huge hit on Elton Jantjies raises concerns

Don't they teach people how to tackle properly? Both tackles on the replay were made with the head leading into contact!

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

All eyes on Jaco Peyper after controversial Beauden Barrett yellow card

I like Peyper's explanation: "he's on the wrong side, so whatever influence he's had [read: accidental or not] I have to penalize him".

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Highlanders inflict second tour defeat for British and Irish Lions in Dunedin

To be fair, Warburton's try could have been prevented by the Highlander's #3... if the tighthead prop in question wasn't busy being held back by AWJ...

1 Year, 1 Week ago

Super Rugby teams face emotional cut with another restructure

I'm not suggesting that we use on-field performance as the yardstick here - if (just as an example) the Brumbies are losing money, I would advocate for disbanding them. The people responsible for creating the winning culture there (including the academy) could be moved.

The draft should be structured such that teams pick in reverse order of quality (based on a couple of seasons of results). So hypothetically, and using the same random example as above, if the Brumbies were disbanded then the draft order might look like this: Rebels, then Force, then Reds, then Waratahs. That prevents a top team (i.e.: 'Tahs) from taking the top 3 players, but also prevents weak team (i.e.: Rebels) from taking all the top talent and thereby essentially duplicating the team that was removed.

To your point about a team not being removed simply because they feature top talent: it's not as though the talent would disappear from the league - they would be drafted by other teams in their conference. So if the Reds were to be folded, then your Coopers and Higganbothams would simply be drafted by other Australian teams.

P.S.: I'm not suggesting the Brumbies be disbanded.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Dillyn Leyds sets up try with one of the best passes you will ever see


1 Year, 2 Months ago