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Banned for 8 weeks. Originally 12, which means it was the low end and reduced by 4 for mitigating circumstances. Just about available for SA.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. Sickened that a rugby player bit, but what were the mitigating circumstances? Then compare this with Calum Clark and it all seems relatively trivial.
Posted 16:25 27th March 2012
Banned for 8 weeks. Astonishing. The entry level is 12 weeks, so how a player with past history can get a lower sanction - after being found guilty - is beyond me.
Posted 15:56 27th March 2012
wrong and no place for it in the game (if found guilty), but the alleged behaviour of Callum Clarke puts the whole thing into perspective.
Posted 13:39 23rd March 2012
Absolutely no place for this in the game, thought I have to say that a nip that didn't do any real damage is not in the same league as an eye gouge (that could easily blind) or something like really chomping into someone'e ear. And you have to ask if Ferris intentionally had his hand all over his face and/or was shoving his fingers into places they should not be.
Still no place in the game for it though, especially since if an England player does it it will attract 10x the (often hysterical) criticism of any other country doing it. Lancaster seems to have a firm line on this sort of thing, which is absolutely right. Player-wise Hartley is less of a loss than Armitage or Care, who are both (rightly!) out of the squad for now.
A shame as Hartley seemed quieter in this 6N, almost like he was behaving himself, and the scrum and lineout have gone well.
Posted 11:10 23rd March 2012
I hate to say it but with Hartley's past it seems likely which is a real shame because I thought he was finally getting over this...it's made worse because he's a top quality player (when he's not at the bottom of rucks gouging people). I'll concede he's not a great physical speceimen but he throws and scrummages well and makes a nuisance of himself around the pitch, just a shame that things like this have blighted what would have been a great career.
Posted 21:44 22nd March 2012
Ban him. England need to realise he is not worth the hassle. He is not that good a player to have them stick by him. Courtney Lawes is an example, amazing player with a rough side worth putting up with.
Posted 21:37 22nd March 2012
A little bite is just fun & games. More harsh penalties are needed for eye gouging. Maybe it is a natural transgression from biting to the eye gouge? Judging from the photo of Dylan Hartley, he's not much of physical specimen. It looks like he still wears his mama's baby fat. We can't turn him loose without righting the wrong. Keep him in the rugby fraternity where he can be monitored and punished on a regular basis.
Posted 18:48 22nd March 2012
If he is guilty, he doesn't deserve a place in the squad. Regardless of the IRB, I suspect Stuart Lancaster wouldn't look too kindly on this sort of thing. If peeing in a back street gets you kicked out of the squad for the 6N, imagine the SL sanctions for this!
If he's found not guilty, then let this go. The trolls on here are too fond of damning people on reputation and media frenzy alone. Have some perspective and remember the "innocent until proven guilty" concept, please.
Posted 17:54 22nd March 2012