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Chris Ashton reflects on his controversial 10-week ban for gouging

So, after this ban I wonder: if I hand someone off in the face (to my knowledge that´s still within the laws of the game) am I looking at a possible 10 week ban for making contact with the eye-area? Because this verdict basicly says: no matter what your intentions were, if you end up with your hand in the face you're looking at a lengthy ban.

In my opinion there is or should be a difference in 'going for the eyes' and 'ending up near the eyes'. The first option shows intent to gouge (zero tolerance), the second one is just an unfortunate turn of events.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Clermont flanker Viktor Kolelishvili shoves referee Wayne Barnes

Well, let's agree to disagree. Barnes did the complete opposite of Kolelishvili: stop play, stay calm, explain why he was going to do. He had every right to be furious but he stayed calm. In similar incidents no cards were issued either and in both cases players were punished accordingly afterwards. I beieve that message will trickle down to grassroot level too.

9 Months, 3 Days ago

Josaia Raisuqe red carded and heavily banned for eye gouge in Stade Francais win

A 10 stone number 10 replying to a heavy hooker. Somehow I find that quite funny.

9 Months, 4 Days ago

Clermont flanker Viktor Kolelishvili shoves referee Wayne Barnes

Barnes handled that extremely well. Player should be banned though. Can't have that sort of crap in our game.

9 Months, 4 Days ago

Danny Cipriani's stunning chip kick provides childhood friend Nev Edwards with a great Sale Sharks try

Well that's one cool story. Good on Nev for not giving up on his dreams and good on Cipriani for using this story to inspire himself and others by sharing it. Thanks guys!

10 Months, 1 Week ago

Tim Visser scores bizarre corner flag try in Harlequins' defeat

A bit of luck and some excellent reflexes.

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Commentators unhappy after Billy Vunipola is sinbinned for 'shoulder charge'

Have to agree with you for 100%.

10 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Commentators unhappy after Billy Vunipola is sinbinned for 'shoulder charge'

Agree with TSNT: 6 swung out of the tackle. I guess Billy attempted to wrap 6 but did not succeed. So I don't agree with the Ref saying 'clearly not using his arms' or something along that line.


The thing that really annoys the crap out of me is the complete lack of respect for the referee's decision by at least one of the commentators.

10 Months, 3 Weeks ago

All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu dies suddenly, aged 40

I took up rugby in 1992, at the tender age of 18. I enjoyed every minute of rugby since then but one of my most vivid memories is watching Jonah play in '95, watching the final with my dad, never expecting NZ to lose.

Thanks for spreading the joy of our sport, for giving rugby a face and for all the beautifull memories. And sincere condolences to the people that are left behind with a big hole in their lives, especially his wife and kids.

11 Months, 3 Days ago

George Ford questions referee decision only to get a sarcastic response

I've got no problem at all with what he says and how he says it. If you behave like a child then expect to be treated like one.

Come to think of it: I believe St.Owens lieterally said something like that to all 30 players on the field.

11 Months, 2 Weeks ago