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Calum Clark banned for 32 weeks for breaking another player's arm

I am confused as to why the sentence of 64 weeks was slashed in half just because Clark pleaded guilty ? If he pleaded guilty, then why would Northampton and Mallinder consider an appeal ? The sentence was reduced and they continue to disrespect the game by NOT condemning his actions. I am all for a club supporting a player, but in this case they are failing the game. This was an out and out act of thuggery and has NO place in the game.

For me the 32 weeks should not begin until Hawkins is fully healthy and wearing a Tigers 1st team jersey. As for clubs supporting the players.... Well done Cockers' for offering Hawkins a new contract this week...

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Calum Clark cited for bending Rob Hawkins' arm backwards

There are issues at the ruck following the latest rule changes... Every team will try and delay the opposing team possession in order to allow them to regain a defensive formation. This is not just a Leicester issue it a rugby issue.... The yellow card is for continuing infringements !

Clark has committed this act of intentional harming another player, it shows knowledge and intention in what he was doing. This is not an attempt to remove the player from the ruck... but to remove him from the game ! Hawkins was in the wrong position (as indicated by the penalty awarded) he was also in a defenseless position ! Clark's act was a cowardly cheap shot which must be treated with a maximum length ban...

As for comparing the Tuilagi / Ashton incident ??? This was 2 players going toe to toe ! I am not condoning Tuilagi's actions he was correctly banned for the punch, Ashton was the instigator and the 'red mist' response was inappropriate for sure.

As for your comment "this is rugby", you truly are mistaken... This has no place in the game ! Nor in my opinion does Clark for a prolonged period of time.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Calum Clark cited for bending Rob Hawkins' arm backwards

Well said... I played and now coach this game ! It is idiots like this that tarnish the whole spirit of the game !

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Calum Clark cited for bending Rob Hawkins' arm backwards

There are issues at the ruck following the latest rule changes... Every team will try and delay the opposing team possession in order to allow them to regain a defensive formation. This is not just a Leicester issue it a rugby issue.... The yellow card is for continuing infringements !

Clark has committed this act of intentional harming another player, it shows knowledge and intention in what he was doing. This is not an attempt to remove the player from the ruck... but to remove him from the game ! Hawkins was in the wrong position (as indicated by the penalty awarded) he was also in a defenseless position ! Clark's act was a cowardly cheap shot which must be treated with a maximum length ban...

As for comparing the Tuilagi / Ashton incident ??? This was 2 players going toe to toe ! I am not condoning Tuilagi's actions he was correctly banned for the punch, Ashton was the instigator and the 'red mist' response was inappropriate for sure.

As for your comment "this is rugby", you truly are mistaken... This has no place in the game ! Nor in my opinion does Clark for a prolonged period of time.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Calum Clark cited for bending Rob Hawkins' arm backwards

Having watched what was an incredibly physical and passionate game of rugby played by two teams with great rivalry and lots of history... It is so sad to see such a blatant attempt to hurt an opposing player ! This great game demands respect for your opposition throughout the duration of the game and the social part following... This type of foul play is totally unacceptable and MUST be punished accordingly !

The old adage that "Rugby is a hooligans game played by Gentleman" surely does not include the type of behavior exhibited by Clark. He is a hooligan, and such behavior on the streets would require a lengthy prison sentence .... This should be reviewed as part of the RFU's Citing Policy !

I also agree with other comments about his ban beginning when Hawkins is healthy and eligible for the Tigers. Until then he should be suspended by The Saints without pay... I wish Hawkins a speedy recovery, especially as he is due for contract negotiations and a valued member of the prestigious Tigers Front Row !

2 Years, 7 Months ago

 
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