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Podcast: Episode 43 – Off To Never-Never Land


This week Cammy forces John to relive the horror of Glasgow’s defeat to the Southern Kings and for the first time ever we ponder whether the “game’s gone soft lads” following Pierre Schoeman’s red card against Leinster. We also translate the SRU’s press release on Lesley Thomson’s report into the Keith Russell affair and wonder what terrible idea Gus Pichot will come up with next.

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3 Responses

  1. The Schoeman incident was as you say ‘harsh’, much too harsh , the Centre goes in high and PS has nowhere to put his elbow. Bit unlucky but rules are rules.Referee may or may not have made the right call (Red or Yellow), but we then make a second wrong on the sanction IMO. That is the bummer , game over , maximum damage for Edinburgh and then a crazy ban.

    However you have under-emphasised the hypocracy of the comparrison with the Bastareaud 5 week ban, by not fully describing the incident.

    He swallow dived on a collapsed maul, got back on his feet then went down again and swung a fist into the face of a man hemmed on the ground unable to defend himself. 5 week ban. You dont need slow motion for that one, he just fancied another bite at the cherry. He should be locked up , not banned. PS should have been reprimanded and had a decent referee defending him at the hearing.

  2. Was interested in the chat regarding Augustin Pichot. Ive always been a bit wary of him as vice chairman, and the unwavering support he gets from some quarters. If he was a politician, hed be described as a populist. Hes got a bit of a cult of personality going, with as you say, people believing he can do no wrong because he wears jeans and trainers, and claims hes sticking up for the little guys. While the last point is certainly commendable, the cynic in me sees the revolutionary shake ups he proposes every now and again as more about cultivating his popularity than actually proposing workable, practical change.

    Rugby is in a very delicate position in most of the top countries, unions really having to work hard and creatively to keep the game afloat. I dont think it would survive massive upheaval outside of England and France, however well intentioned. A lot of the big nations will fold financially, followed by on the pitch regression. Optimistically, new nations might rise to take their place, but the net result is no growth overall. Pessimistically, the lack of big established nations competing internationaly leads to reduced profile of the sport internationaly, and the game fades into irrelevance.

    Thats before we even get into his conflict of interest with being employed by andrew forest (head of the breakaway world series competition following western forces axing from super rugby) to head his mining operations in argentina.

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