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Sack the thug and kick him out the game - we dont need that type of attitude in rugby!
Posted 09:24 26th March 2012
I've seen the youtube version of this and knowing the outcome makes the offence look much worse than it would not knowing. So I will not be casting any stones.
Lets not forget that biting a finger is foul play, this is something much more serious and, if proven as deliberate, there must be an argument for civil action (thinking of Rougerie Vs Greening) or even criminal.
May be a career-ending ban.
I see that Northampton have suspended the guy "until further notice" which sounds like the prelude to a sacking.
Let's also spare a thought for Hawkins, this sort of injury could knacker the career of a hooker. Wish him well
Posted 11:27 23rd March 2012
I can't see why this isn't bigger news, he actually deliberately broke someones arm! It's the worst thing I've ever seen by a long way and I think he should face criminal charges and I normally would be dead against that. He badly injured a Hawkins who was in a helpless position and now that bloke will miss games, he was trying to get a new contract which together in a worst case scenario may lead to him eventually dropping out of top flight rugby.
Posted 20:08 22nd March 2012
It sickens me to watch. I cannot think of any mitigating circumstances for this, nor any excuse. There's a massive difference between hard rugby and this. And a massive difference between a couple of handbags and this sort of thing.
However, with my "innocent until proven guilty" hat on, I will with-hold further comment.
Posted 13:55 22nd March 2012
NHsaints there's videos all over the net if you google it. He basically grabs his arm after the whistle is blown, and wraps his arms around his arm, and then rolls it back with all his strength - basically until it breaks, and then quickly rolls away and walks away from the ruck. All of this was AFTER the whistle was blown.
Posted 10:15 22nd March 2012
The video is damning. Very spiteful and he's got previous for foul play throughout the age groups. I think you have to sling the book at him just so that he realises his responsibilies towards the opposing team.
How many times have we seen the oposition shout at the ref to stop the game after a injury and then turn the injured player onto his side and look after him? thats how you need to behave towards your oponent. Its part of the rugby code.
What Clarke has done is the exact opposite.
He's young enough to come back to rugby after a lengthy ban if he wants to. The rfu needs to send the right mesage to him and other youngsters. I'd hit him with a 24 month ban at the very least. his disregard for the guys in the different coloured jerseys is almost sociopathic. How can you think that deliberatley breaking another man's elbow is acceptable?
Posted 09:56 22nd March 2012
Underhand play - this lad plays with too much emotion week in and week out - ever seen him on the pitch when a decison goes against him - like a petulant child? Still could be loking at a lengthy spell on the sidelines if proven guilty!
Posted 09:33 22nd March 2012
The manoevre is a seated arm bar. In MMA, this would be applied in a measured way so as to give the opponent an opportunity to "tap-out". There is an awareness of the technique so the victim is not unsuspecting. Therefore few of these injuries are seen in martial arts. Cowardly in the extreme.
The mechanism of hyper-extension against a lever ruptures the anterior capsule of the elbow and this major stabilizer fails, with the result usually with an elbow dislocation rather than a fracture. It could potentially be a career ending injury..
The probability is against this manoevre being unintended or opportunistic. Technique is crucial. An aggravating factor is that it is after the whistle.
The nibble on Ferris's finger is child's play in comparison. The loss of an eye would merit a lifetime ban. So in this saga: a year to eighteen months. Ammo for a court case too if it was my elbow.
Posted 08:04 22nd March 2012
This was a bad example of foul play. Totally unjustified.
Bad for the club, bad for the game and bad for Hawkins. Hope he makes a speedy recovery.
Posted 07:36 22nd March 2012
I finally saw the video regarding this citation...regardless of Clark's past history (which apparently includes headbutting), there's simply no place for this MMA-esque armbar in the sport of rugby, and he needs to be punished accordingly. Here's hoping for a quick recovery for Hawkins.
Posted 05:23 22nd March 2012
Slightly confused how he's done that? What did he do? Armlock him?
Posted 22:22 21st March 2012
this guy is a disgrace... he should recieve at LEAST a 12 month ban for this.
Posted 21:51 21st March 2012
What this article fails to mention is that Rob Hawkins now has a fractured elbow. His season is now over so I hope mr Clark is proud of himself!
Posted 20:51 21st March 2012