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Owen Franks somehow escapes punishment after fingers in Wallaby face

I read somewhere that World Rugby can't do anything about the SANZAR ruling. Not sure is that goes for every decision to either cite or not cite a player.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Phil Kearns has some interesting theories about All Blacks success

That's an interesting stat. By the time Read got sent of (74th minute or so), they showed last 10 penalties. Since the 24th minute, NZ were penalized 8 times and Australia only twice. It gave me the impression NZ were penalized considerably more. My bad.

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Phil Kearns has some interesting theories about All Blacks success

The funny thing is the suggestion that one All Black prop is the most heavily penalized. In my opinion that means he might be cheating (of just bad at his job) but quite obviously he is not getting away with it, hence the penalties.

If I remember the stats during the game correctly, the AB's were considerably more penalized this game. It even resulted in a yellow card for repeated infringements. So they might have crossed the boundaries more than the Wallabies in this game but they certainly were not getting away with it. In my opinion it's just a sign of greater desire to win than your opposition.

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Georgia: Are rugby's Tier 1.5 nation ready for another step up?

I have to agree with DrG (and others): 6 Nations is about a) history and b) business.

a) Scotland vs England seems to be the oldest international rugby fixture. The Calcutta Cup layed the foundations for the development of the Home Nations, 5 Nations and 6 Nations. No chance in hell the organisation or either England or Scotland are going to risk one of both teams getting relegated. Or any of the home nattions or France. A lot of people seem to be okay with Georgia swapping places with Italy but that's quite hypocritical to me.

b) Any new country added to the tournament must have a positive influence on the revenue of the tournament as a business. I guess that's why Argentina was let into the Rugby Championship (huge potential market) and not one of the pacific nations. The same applies here: if the organizers see possibillities of growing revenue, new nations will be added. But then to me it seems more likely to become the 7 Nations instead of the introduction of a promotion/relegation system.

With al do respect: I love the way Georgia are developping as a rugby nation but and I guess Georgians are a very, very proud people. But there is no reason to act all superior to other nations that have not been developping as well.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

England beat Wales in tour warmup match at Twickenham

To my knowledge: for a knock on, the ball must move in the direction of the opposition's goalline. That doesn't seem to be the case here so I am okay with that try being awarded. I am not okay with the petulant behaviour shown by Biggar though.

On the match itself: as a neutral I found it quite entertaining. Fortunately Ford left his kicking boots in the dressing room, otherwise it would have been an landslide.

7 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Namibian warrior Jacques Burger announces he will play his final game of rugby

That's one guy that definitely earned his retirement. Enjoy it and thanks so much for the splendid memories.

8 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Crowd get involved in Biarritz and Béziers juniors massive off-field scrap

I am not at all a fan of those all-in-brawls between rugby players and/or teams. But the crowd getting involved is taking it to a whole new, ugly level.

9 Months, 4 Days ago

Referee Nigel Owens puts stroppy Sergio Parisse in his place

Basicly I agree with you. But just maybe Nigel Owens knows how Parisse must feel at this moment in the match and in his career and decides to take this into account and therefor lets this one (walking away) slip. If so, it makes him an even better, at least more human, referee in my opinion.

9 Months, 1 Week ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

Well, maybe you should read Marler's statement then. Way before World Rugby took this ridiculous decision he already stated that whatever the ruling would be, he would accept it.

To put this story in perspective: French politician Le Pen was fined € 5000 by a French court for knowingly and consiously stating things about Roman people that I wouldn't even consider repeating here. Marler's punishment is completely out of proportion.

9 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

Both Marler and Lee handled this case examplary and very mature. Too bad World Rugby had to intervene. The message I deduct from this saga: if you do something stupid, don't feel sorry and don't try to solve is as two adults. World Rugby will slap your ass with a big fine and a suspension anyway.

9 Months, 2 Weeks ago