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Is rugby turning into a hooligan sport?

Written by Scott Bevan (The Hobbit)

Posted in :Original Content, Reader Submissions, Super Rugby on 30 Mar 2012 at 16:17
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We here at Sharksworld would like to congratulate weeman on his first submission, thanks mate and we look forward to more content from you.

I was hoping my first article for Sharksworld was going to be a humours one, full of little quirks and anecdotes but after reading a couple of news I had ask the question of is rugby turning into a hooligans sport.

How does the old saying go? “football is a gentleman’s game played by hooligans, and rugby is a hooligans’ game played by gentlemen” It’s looking like that’s changing.

1st article was Calum Clark of the Northampton Saints being slapped with a 32 week ban for an ‘act contrary to good sportsmanship.’

22 year old Clark, who is a member of the England Elite squad, was cited for hyperextending the right arm of the Leicester Tigers hooker, Rob Hawkins in the LV= Cup final. Leaving Hawkins requiring surgery and out of action for the rest of the season. I personally feel this ‘un-sportsman like conduct’ should have been a lengthier ban. To roll away from a ruck still holding someone’s arm, you are trying to cause damage. The type of acts end careers.

The 2nd article was courtesy of another Saint, Dylan Hartley who has been handed an eight-week ban for biting the finger of Ireland’s Stephen Ferris. Again, Hartley got off lightly as according to the law book the lowest suspension for biting is 12 weeks, with a maximum sanction of four years. But according to the independent Six Nations disciplinary committee statement “The offence merited a low entry point in the International Rugby Board’s table of sanctions and allowed mitigation of four weeks,”

It is the second time Hartley has received a lengthy suspension from the game. He received a six-month ban for eye gouging while playing for Northampton against Wasps in 2007.

With 5 rounds of super 15 played we have already had a number of citations with the Rebels Adam Byrnes having received the lengthiest ban so far, 10 Weeks for Eye gouging.

Now correct me if I’m wrong but these incidents of eye gouging, Tip tackles and shoulder tackles are becoming common place in todays’ games. These need harsher punishments and belong in WWE rather than our gentleman’s game.

Let’s hope super rugby keeps it clean this week


  • Adam Byrnes’ ban was overturned.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.03.12 16:23:36 by lostfish Reply
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  • nice one mate… got to say I was sickened to see that Clark incident. What an absolute ‘tard!

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.03.12 16:23:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Clayton likes this

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.03.12 16:24:38 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • That Clark incident was distgusting, he should have been banned for a lot longer, if not permanently.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.03.12 16:29:12 by lostfish Reply
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  • Who the hell does that to a fellow player? A punch is part of the game but damn that was on a another level

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.03.12 16:31:39 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • I would still like to think that rugby hasn’t gone the way of hooligans. The players still have a bit more respect for the ref. The players and fans are more likely to have a friendly beer after the game unlike in soccer where the fans have to be kept physically separated.

    Clark seems to be a bit of a serial offender, he was red carded for a head butt. So rather than him being a hooligan I would class him as a thug who shouldn’t be allowed to play the game again after doing what he did.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.03.12 16:32:58 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 6) : In the same game he was throwing punches in a maul after going in with a shoulder charge. Ref missed the punches but he was pinged for the shoulder charge.

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.03.12 16:39:17 by lostfish Reply
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  • rugby is going the way of the dancer!

    did you guys see danny cipriani busting moves kwaito style last weekend? 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.03.12 16:51:00 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 8) : Oh that was a dance, i thought it was a seizure

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.03.12 17:09:45 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 9) : 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.03.12 04:17:11 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Just as the entire London Metropolitan Police Force has been again branded racist as the result of one isolated incident, the media will blow things up to the extent that small things become hanging offences.
    Fair enough, the breaking of an opponents arm is really extreme, but the incidents should be seen for what they are. It is the people who blow them up out of context that concern me the most.
    In the case of the Saints, perhaps it is just as important to look at Jim Mallinder as it is to look at the players?
    These serious offeneders come from one camp!!!???

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.04.12 12:24:22 by Quinsa Reply

  • @Quinsa (Comment 11) : So if we look at the braking of an opponent’s elbow for what it is, what should I see?

    Please enlighten me?

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.04.12 13:41:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :
    An isolated incident perpetrated by a single thug?

    I think Quinsa raises a pertinent point.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.04.12 14:43:28 by Big Fish Reply
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