Sunday 17 December 2017

Officials set for rap over tip-tackles

THE International Rugby Board's disciplinary procedure, and two of England's top referees, were likely to be under nearly as much scrutiny as Bradley Davies and Stephen Ferris in London today when a Six Nations committee dealt with the controversial issue of tip-tackling.

According to the IRB's directives - and the verbal report from assistant referee Dave Pearson - Davies' lifting and dumping head-first of Donnacha Ryan was even more culpable than a so-called tip-tackle and had to be an automatic red card.

By the same guidelines, there is doubt whether Ferris' tackle on Ian Evans warranted even a yellow card, let alone a citing.

But, in the case of Davies, referee Wayne Barnes and Pearson could be rebuked as they failed to carry out the IRB's protocols.

Morgan recalls tough regime

Ben Morgan has revealed the punishing training regime that helped turn him from a part-time builder, part-time rugby player into a full England international.

Morgan, who weighed nearly 21 stone when he was signed by the Scarlets, said: "It took two and a half years of hard work, dragging sleds around the (Scarlets) stadium, wearing a snorkel on a running machine to get me into condition."

Now, Morgan is 18st 3lb, a capped international and pressing to make his first Test start against Italy in Rome.

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