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Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

Yep. Fair point.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Midweek Madness - Christian Wade butchers hat-trick try against the Barbarians

He's got a set of wheels though hasn't he! Has to at least get a spot on the bench for the world cup. That sort of speed scares the shit out of defences.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Midweek Madness - Christian Wade butchers hat-trick try against the Barbarians

#TeacherHumour

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1 Month, 2 Days ago

England begin Under 20 World Championship title defence in style

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUOVRJ4wJ7g&feature=youtu.be&t=26s


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1 Month, 2 Days ago

VINE: Fight for ball results in US College rugby player slammed

Oi! Leave The Brand out of this. ;)

1 Month, 3 Days ago

VINE: Fight for ball results in US College rugby player slammed

Bilal - well done for coming on here and giving us your personal account. Good to have that insight.

At the start of the lift where you're actually leaning backwards a bit, I can see where you're coming from with this "all I did was stand up" defence. I reckon where you lost the referee, (as mentioned already by Chris below), was when you grabbed his leg with your right hand and pushed upwards, tipping the guy up. That's when it became your responsibility to get him to ground safely.

From that height, you didn't just drop him, you slammed him downwards to the turf. Personally I don't have a problem with that; Bosco clearly wasn't hurt and even won the ball - yeah I know you'll say you had stopped competing for it. ;)

However, as you claim to know your rugby laws, I reckon this is the precise passage that the ref implemented here:
- The lifted player is dropped to the ground from a height with no regard to the player’s safety. (red card offence)

Seems technically she should have shown you a red card (which I wouldn't agree with, but that's the letter of the law here). Of course with one minute to play, the colour of the card is kind of immaterial.

On that note, as Dan has already said, you do yourself no favours with that complaint about the timing of the decision.

1 Month, 3 Days ago

VINE: Fight for ball results in US College rugby player slammed

Ru and Mark - you're both mistaken. You can lift a player any way you like as long as you return that player to ground responsibly. "Through/past the horizontal", as JK correctly points out, is some commentator vernacular that has nothing to do with the tackle law or directives.

For everyone's sanity and clarification, here is the actual wording of the IRB/World Rugby dangerous tackle directive:

"Law 10.4(j) reads: Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.

A directive was issued to all Unions and Match Officials in 2009 emphasizing the IRB’s zero-tolerance stance towards dangerous tackles and reiterating the following instructions for referees:

- The player is lifted and then forced or ‘speared’ into the ground (red card offence)

- The lifted player is dropped to the ground from a height with no regard to the player’s safety (red card offence)

- For all other types of dangerous lifting tackles a yellow card or penalty may be considered sufficient"

1 Month, 3 Days ago

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 16 of Super Rugby

Love the phantom hand-off around 0:41. Bulls player just goes "nah, not interested mate, you carry on"!

"When dreadlocks collide" was a beauty too. Very impressive to get the timing right at that speed and from that distance.

1 Month, 3 Days ago

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 16 of Super Rugby

Likewise Doctor. Cooper is such a different player to the norm, he does stuff that you just don't see elsewhere, very exciting to watch.

I'm sure his mate on the wing wouldn't agree but I'll let him off that pass - just the cost of trying things and pushing boundaries.

By the way, it looked a bit like the Badge knocked himself out in that tackle??

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

Mate, you missed (or ignored) Guy's point on the boxing.

1 Month, 4 Days ago