2013/14 Rugby Thread
I don’t know if it was intentional, but it was certainly careless and stupid. He plead not guilty, so 2 weeks ban.Posted 4 years ago
________________________________________””We seem to do pretty well in the Rabo but we can’t do it in this competition. Every year I go to the launch and say: ‘This year we’re going to make a fist of it.’ I’ve done it for the last four years and made myself look a right ****. The sadistic side of me says that sometimes it’s better to lose than be the shower of shite we were [last weekend] and capitulate. I’m using strong words for a reason. We’re a lot better than we showed at the weekend.””
AWJ is not a happy bunnyPosted 4 years ago
First NZ test at Twickenham post that Lions tour the Haka was booed from start to finish as was Umaga every time he touched the ball. In my view NZ have always got off lightly with foul play, one my earliest rugby memories was the state of JPR’s face after being deliberately shoed.
Europe: read today that Toulon owner is not supporting the new European Rugby cup as he’s miffed at the French authorities insisting 50% of top 14 sides should be French (product of French youth system)Posted 4 years ago
Europe: read today that Toulon owner is not supporting the new European Rugby cup as he’s miffed at the French authorities insisting 50% of top 14 sides should be French (product of French youth system)
He’s huffing and puffing (and has form for this. Oddly, he has been one of ERCs biggest critics and a ringleader with regards to the RCC. The main point which he has not referred to is that the player quotas apply to the top14. Is he going to quit that?Posted 4 years agodoof_doofMember
And then, a moment to shame a nation. A moment to shame a sport. Disgusting.
There have been considerably more vile acts in professional rugby than that tackle, from biting and eye gouging to pulling gentlemans bits. It a rough sport. Naughty players do naughty do naughty things (repeat offenders), and players with otherwise clean records sometimes have brain farts.Posted 4 years ago
Time to get over it.IdleJonSubscriber
a_a, I can’t see what’s specifically not legal in that clip?
I originally thought you were linking to the penalty awarded to N’hampton because an Osprey cleared Hartley out of a ruck from the side. The problem was that Hartley was the first player there after the tackle and flopped over onto his elbows, ie not supporting his weight. As the ref trotted up to the penalty lineout he caught up with Hartley and told him that if he killed the ball that way again he’d penalise him. Wtf? Why not penalise him the first time he did it and NOT penalise the player who tries to sort his poor reffing?
I say it year after year but the reffing standards are getting so poor that I’m finding the game difficult to watch.Posted 4 years agoduckmanMember
M-D; that was always coming; it will also allow the Welsh to reduce their funding to two regions with money based on who qualifies. Other than the issue of letting the English clubs dictate to the rest of Britain(including the RFU) to ensure they get exactly what they want. I am not too fussed as we will be in and the SRU is wealthy enough to throw enough money at embra to ensure they improve.The italian clubs will be stuffed as will Connacht. 😥 Not really growing the game,is it?Posted 4 years ago
One question,as it is qualification based,does that mean that Sale and Newcastle will no longer get into the Amlin? Second bottom and winning the second division kind of show the whole qualification argument of EPL into focus.IdleJonSubscriber
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I think the shafting of the Heineken buy the english and French teams is a real backward step. It seems to me it isn’t about the game anymore it is just about money. How ever they paint it the bottom line is more money for them.
Last season was the first where I’ve noticed such a massive disparity in finances. The fact that the final was between two clubs who could just buy their way into the tournament by picking up the best players in the world as and when necessary felt depressing to me.
Funnily enough we’ve hit exactly the problem that killing off the traditional Welsh clubs 10 years ago was meant to stop. So not only did the WRU disenfranchise huge numbers of actual rugby spectators, they now seem intent on killing everything below the national side.Posted 4 years agoduckmanMember
Why? So the money bags get more and the smaller clubs get less and all you will get is the same 4 or 5 teams winning year after year. Aren’t you bored with that?
Bit like the English and French championships then.
I am watching the EPL powerplay over Europe with interest, there are what; 4 clubs driving it? Watch the hangers on,ie anybody who can’t break the salary cap, get dropped in another 5 years. And you will be left with
Midlands divine Tigers
Southern cherry coloured Native American Warrior Chiefs
London multicoloured Middle Eastern Warriors
Northern Flying Sharks*
*These names could change but are not any dafter than Edinburgh Gunners or Neath Swansea Ospreys.Posted 4 years ago
Do the EPL not realise that the guys owning the French clubs are far wealthier than their owners and spend it as well.
What’s Spikey Mikey done now?
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