Owen Farrell: The ban is too short

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Owen Farrell faced a disciplinary hearing last night, after the red card he received over the weekend. He received a five match ban. All considered, this is far too short. What Owen Farrell got is fair in accordance to the laws, there is no mistaking that. The initial entry level punishment the committee agreed on […] READ MORE


The real issues facing Women’s Rugby

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In the past week Women’s Rugby has seen two pieces of big news. One lead to the creation of #IamEnough and got everyone in a tizzy. The other has snowed under. One is a very real problem in Women’s rugby, the other at first sight a cosmetic issue. Paul Peerdeman delves a little deeper into […] READ MORE



Rugby head injuries face a legal test: Opinion

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Recent developments indicate that rugby head injuries and delayed onset mental health issues will be presented to courts worldwide to test if there was any negligence by clubs and rugby organizations. Current status Although World Rugby has made a number of changes to the laws of the game, head injuries are always a risk. There […] READ MORE



New High Tackle Directive Takes Effect This Week

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This coming week, rugby union players and fans will see World Rugby’s new directive on high tackles come into force, stiffening up the penalties for any contact ‘with the head’ of an opponent. The directive is well intentioned, given the increasing focus on mitigating head trauma – particularly concussion. Last Word On Rugby resident Wellington […] READ MORE