Rugby - autumn internationals

Agreed with the majority; keep the Autumn internationals friendly to encourage top tier nations to try new players and play against more developing nations and thus avoiding burning out their top players just to win a pointless bit of tin.
The bugger is that regulations state that a side has to be of a certain quality to ensure it is a 'proper' international.
Recall the stink when England sent a really crap side to Safferland in 2007?
The paying public - and TV - expect to see the stars.
So a hard call for the coaches to make to ensure they follow the 'spirit' of the games.
 
Yea it's bollocks and all this 'off the pitch' toxicity I started to notice from the Boks during the Lions tour grinds my gears too, particularly casting shade on match officials where games will ultimately resemble NFL matches in longevity as they spend more time watching TMO for fear of getting it wrong than getting on with it and appreciating the capricious nature of sports.

Agreed with the majority; keep the Autumn internationals friendly to encourage top tier nations to try new players and play against more developing nations and thus avoiding burning out their top players just to win a pointless bit of tin.
They’re not friendlies. They’re test matches.
 
What has happened to the ref awarding a second penalty of 10 metres for being gobby *******. I think both the All Backs and Springboks cold do with being matched back ten for questioning the refs decision on a regular basis. Other teams spring to mind too.
 
What has happened to the ref awarding a second penalty of 10 metres for being gobby *******. I think both the All Backs and Springboks cold do with being matched back ten for questioning the refs decision on a regular basis. Other teams spring to mind too.

I agree. And it seems to me that this is one of the simplest and most effective of solutions to the issue of increasing gobbiness by the players. Plenty of them do it nowadays. My own team, Wales, has that arch-chopster Dan Biggar. But each nation has their own player(s) who are forever gobbling off to the ref.

In rugby 10 metres means a big deal. Very hard fought for yards. Or getting close enough for a shot at goal. Or 10 metres closer for a kick to the corner. So the ten metre rule really means something.

Referees should be harsher and faster in saying “you’re not the captain, you should have kept your mouth shut, ten metres, back you go.”
 
Anyone telling an official to yellow a player etc regardless of whether it's a player or 'water carrier' should be fucked off to the stands sharpish. It's crap sportsmanship and belongs in wendy ball. Agreed about the last point, can't even recall the last time I seen a ref do that.
I've seen the ref march a team back 10m now and then in Gallagher Premiership games.

E2A: I've also recently seen a free kick upgraded to a penalty and a penalty reversed, all for dissent.
 
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I agree. And it seems to me that this is one of the simplest and most effective of solutions to the issue of increasing gobbiness by the players. Plenty of them do it nowadays. My own team, Wales, has that arch-chopster Dan Biggar. But each nation has their own player(s) who are forever gobbling off to the ref.

In rugby 10 metres means a big deal. Very hard fought for yards. Or getting close enough for a shot at goal. Or 10 metres closer for a kick to the corner. So the ten metre rule really means something.

Referees should be harsher and faster in saying “you’re not the captain, you should have kept your mouth shut, ten metres, back you go.”
I saw most of the France game but didn’t hear it as I was at a party but I’m sure Barnes marched them back 10 on a couple of occasions?
 

Boks not happy again.
Maybe they could get Rassie Erasmus to do a critique of the refereeing on TouTube or something!
Ive seen that web site and its pish . We could all point out various snippets from both sides of the fence with all that "but he but he " bollox

Funny to watch the SH drip like fucked fridges when calls arent "going their way" despite certain teams never getting pinged for the subtle sauntering back over the game line whilst obstructing play and thats just 1 thing off the top of me head
 

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Ive seen that web site and its pish . We could all point out various snippets from both sides of the fence with all that "but he but he " bollox

Funny to watch the SH drip like fucked fridges when calls arent "going their way" despite certain teams never getting pinged for the subtle sauntering back over the game line whilst obstructing play and thats just 1 thing off the top of me head
Quite funny to watch. I hope the video maker has plenty of tissues at hand. I wonder if some English supporter will produce a counter video showing half the Saffers should have been yellow or red carded! :)
 
I was at that match and witnessed a few unsavoury moments that made me sick.

Good job there was a little kid in front to stop the five finger spray going any further...
I read also that there was a scrap between Welsh and Saffa fans at that game too.
 

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The merry-go-round continues.... they won't be happy until NZ, SA, or South Sea islanders make up every team. Maybe just the Captain should be born and bred?
 
Some/many/all of you may have seen this already, especially if you are an England fan. But it is the latest episode of O2 Inside Line/The Next Level showing, in this case, England training and socialising in the week before the Boks match, the significant scores from the game and the scenes in the dressing room after the game. It is very well produced and I find them very watchable.

 
Some/many/all of you may have seen this already, especially if you are an England fan. But it is the latest episode of O2 Inside Line/The Next Level showing, in this case, England training and socialising in the week before the Boks match, the significant scores from the game and the scenes in the dressing room after the game. It is very well produced and I find them very watchable.

Never, ever in my existence...top notch on the devils advocat by the way
 
Ok, not internationals, but...


Cardiff and Scarlets face disruption to their European rugby preparations as they are unlikely to avoid 10 days of hotel quarantine after flying home from South Africa.

The country was among six placed on the UK's red travel list after the Omicron Covid-19 variant was detected there.

The Welsh teams are trying to fly home after their United Rugby Championship (URC) games were called off.

But they will not make Sunday's 04:00 GMT deadline to avoid a hotel stay.
 

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