There has been mass debate over the weekend since Jérôme Garcès issued Scott Barrett a Red-Card for a no arms tackle to the head/neck area of Michael Hooper.
Many pundits, players, former players and spectators gave their 2 pence worth but surely this new video angle that has been uncovered by host broadcaster Fox Sports ends the debate?
Here are some of the ranging opinions from Twitter.
Red all day long. And I hate seeing red cards. He’s smashed him in the head.— Jim Hamilton (@jimhamilton4) August 10, 2019
Perhaps the most precise of all:
The SANZAAR foul play review committee will convene late Sunday afternoon (5pm AEST) by video conference to consider Barrett’s case.
All Blacks Confirm 2020 Home Fixtures
The All Blacks have announced there six home fixtures next season and the venues that they will take place in
Up first will be the visit of Wales, who will play the All Blacks at Eden Park on July 4th before taking them on again a week later in Wellington. The games will be the new head coaches first in charge, while the opening game will be a stand-out fixture for new Wales head coach Wayne Pivac, who is a former Auckland and North Harbour coach.
It will be Wales’ first visit to New Zealand since 2016 and is a repeat of the bronze final at this year’s Rugby World Cup which the All Blacks won.
Following their double-header with the Welsh the All Blacks will face Scotland on home soil for the first time in 20 years, in a one-off match in Dunedin on July 18th.
Those games lead into the Rugby Championship with the Wallabies first-up at home for the All Blacks at Wellington on August 15th, which will be new Aussie head coach Dave Rennie’s first match against their rivals.
Argentina are the next in town with a match on August 29th at the FMG Stadium Waikato, while the year will be finished up with a hotly anticipated game against the reigning World Cup holders South Africa at Eden Park on September 5th.
Speaking on the announcement NZR Chief Rugby Officer Nigel Cass is looking forward to the fixture list for whoever the new head coach is as they begin a new era of All Blacks rugby.
“Post Rugby World Cup there is always a degree of the unknown. The All Blacks will have a new head coach and some new players and I’m sure New Zealanders can’t wait to again get behind the team. Wales and Australia also have new coaches and will bring a lot of energy. It’s fantastic to have Scotland back in New Zealand after such a long time. Our countries have always had close ties and that’s been particularly true of Dunedin where no doubt the region will be ready to roll out the tartan welcome mat. And, what better finish to the home schedule than a Test against South Africa at Eden Park for the Freedom Cup,” he said.
The All Blacks are expected to announce their newest head coach this month with Steve Hansen’s assistant coach Ian Foster and the Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson thought to be the leading candidates for the position at present.
Steyn’s Rugby Career Could be Over
Double World Cup winner Frans Steyn could be set to call time on his career early following his latest triumph
Springboks great Frans Steyn looks likely to at least pull the curtain down on his European career in order to return to his homeland.
The two-time Rugby World Cup winner, who managed to pick up medals from the 2007 edition of the tournament and this year’s one, beating England in both finals, is currently contracted to French Top 14 giants Montpellier.
However, it is believed that he has held discussions with the club about ending his contract come the end of January instead of when it is supposed to expire in July and speaking to South African news-outlet Volksblad, he seems keen on settling down in his homeland.
“Rugby has always been an inspiration for the Afrikaners, especially for farmers. If we had a bad week, if we watch good rugby on Saturday, then everything is better again. Only good rain, a good rugby weekend gives us the power to face Mondays again. It is a privilege that many farmers do not have. We know what to do in the future and what we need to have in place. We want to raise our children here and are attached to the rural feel that Bloemfontein offers. We want our children to have a good experience here as my wife and I had when one grew up here,” he said.
The 32-year-old has a family farm in Bloemfontein and it is understood this is not the first time he has made the suggestion to return to the area, but it now looks more likely than ever that he will get what he likes.
Steyn is expected to return to the French club next week, where he would play until January before his possible move back to South Africa.
At this time it is unknown whether the back would continue his rugby career with local professional side the Cheetahs, who play in the PRO14, or whether he will end his career early, having played at the top level for such a long time already.
SANZAAR to Consider Japan’s Rugby Championship Inclusion
Following their hugely impressive Rugby World Cup performances from Japan SANZAAR are set to not only consider the team’s inclusion in the Rugby Championship but are also to reconsider the Sunwolves future according to reports
Following Japan’s brilliant World Cup campaign where they reached the last eight of the competition for the first time in their history, SANZAAR are apparently set to consider bringing the country into the Rugby Championship to help them develop their game.
The report claims that SANZAAR are set to meet in Tokyo on Friday where they will also discuss the possibility of reintroducing the Sunwolves to Super Rugby.
Speaking to Newshub, World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper is hoping that Japan will be able to compete at the highest level and rues the fact that the Nations Championship proposal was shut down.
“Certainly if I was in their shoes I’d be very keen to have Japan in my competition sooner rather than later. That’s entirely their call. We proposed a nations championship that had Japan very much playing at the top table and maybe they’ll see it that way for their own particular championship” he said.
The inclusion of the Sunwolves would be huge for Japan after the franchise failed to agree a new contract with SANZAAR to extend their time in the competition where they have only won eight of 62 games since 2016.
However, considering the success of the national side this tournament it seems only fair that they should be given a chance to continue their development to the top tier and that will only happen if their players are playing against the best week in week out.
The Japanese were unfortunate to go down 26-3 to the Springboks on Saturday in the quarter-finals, but following their incredible performances where they played a fast and exciting style of rugby, earning many fans worldwide, people will hope that this is only the beginning of their rugby story.
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