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We're talking about rugby laws not law. If we applied actual law to rugby, Hartley would already be behind bars. And in real law hate crime is illegal. What Marler said was hate crime and illegal and offensive hence the reason why World Rugby decided to overrule the lack of action and punish him. Either way I'm not anti English or anti rugby...I just want this nonsense to stop creeping into rugby.
Step one... One dedicated weekend in Autumn series where the likes of Georgia , Romania , Russia etc are pitched against six nations teams on the irb international weekend, will start ball rolling, or the national side of the countries play in the European cups giving the players from these nations exposure to pro rugby. This still leaves enough weekends for us to play sh teams.
180. SwirlyNI "saying something that was racist and then claim he isn't a racist."If you examine the law of racial abuse you'll find that Marler did not in fact break that law and therefore did not commit that offence.World Rugby went way over the top with a fine of £20K - perspective, eh?"Keep rugby great."Tell that to the WRU and World Rugby.#hungouttodry
179."He's been made a scapegoat pure and simple" Absolutely! I mean he didn't say something racist and then apologise for saying something that was racist and then claim he isn't a racist. Just a scapegoat right? Rugby should be better than racism or drug taking. Wise up lads and don't defend this nonsense, Keep rugby great.
178. chunky "Marler is no victim"So you say ... but he didn't break any law (try looking up 'racial abuse')He's been made a scapegoat pure and simple - no thanks to the encouragement from the WRU (one minute it's banter then next it's abuse) - duplicitous prigs.
@177 What rubbish. Who in Wales is cheering this. I agree the fine is OTT, but Marler is no victim, he said it, he's to blame. Be accountable for your actions, don't blame others. Ironically the only person to come out of this with any credit is Lee, who will suffer abuse from small minded idiots for the rest of his career, because some idiot named Marler said those words.
Marler fined £20,000 for his Gypsy Boy comment while Le Pen fined £24,000 for being a a Holocaust Denier ... somebody got it wrong and totally out of proportion didn't they ...that'll be you then World Rugby ... and Wales applauding from the sidelines ... both significantly more offensive than Marler in your own priggish and duplicitous ways.
154. Posted by Woofwoof Georgia population about 4 million.Romania population about 20 million.How much of a start/points handicap do they need to give "Brave Little Wales" ???---Off topic, I realise, but what's the above supposed to mean? The pop of Wales is around 3m, so where does that leave us?
173 Count Pierre BezukhovRugby is not completely clean but nor do I think it is any way the worst sport for drugs problems. A good number of rugby drug convictions are youngsters trying to bulk up too quickly. If you recall a Cabinet Minister's son on the edge of England U18 squad was caught. I don't think he played again and lot of this is the child's ignorance of what is legal or not.
It seems to be that RU is at a crossroads on many issues, and drug taking is one of themThere needs to be zero tolerance and extensive testing of players at all levels.If a talented young player can only reach the top by taking steroids, I would tell them to go and play another sport.I have not heard of any positive tests during the RWC, does this mean the sport is clean or is in denial?
Nimrod2.I hope it was just malicious. I'd quite like to visit South Africa next time round.With regards to supporting 'poorer' rugby nations I seem to remember that Wales toured Argentina when they were not so well off and development wise Wales were in Japan recently. Although the results escape me for the moment!
Would it be feasible to play double headers eg Tier 2 European games before/after 6N matches ??? Full stadiums, big stages, experience atmospheres.Re: drugs in sport.In amateur RL authorities (under BARLA) had right to test any player in leagues.Agreeing to potential testing was part of conditions to play.
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