WTF. ok, i don't believe that rugby is the most violent sport, probably not as violent as amer. FB or boxing... but still...
PLEASE get the headline and the game right!
This is story about Rugby League, not Rugby. They are completely different codes. I would happily play rugby but never league. Its way more violent and attracts a completely different kind of player and spectator.
Watts probably needs to use the same explanation that just got Australian Rugby player "Big Dog" Arnold's 7 game ban for biting an opponent on the arm overturned... He just has to replace "arm" with the term for the appropriate appendage...
"Rory Arnold, who is known as "Big Dog" due to his 127kg, 2.08m size, had a seven-match suspension overturned yesterday after the 23-year-old successfully appealed his ban to the South African Rugby Union.
The original judiciary officer found Arnold guilty "on the balance of probabilities", along with Reynecke’s reaction and teethmarks in his arm.
But Arnold maintained his innocence, and Griquas had the seven-match ban thrown out after a hearing on Monday in Cape Town.
Arnold said the "bite" was purely accidental.
"I wasn’t denying his arm didn’t come into contact with my mouth and my teeth. I had my mouth open when I went to score the try, and when I hit the ground his arm came into contact with my mouth," Arnold told the Daily Telegraph from South Africa."