Has rugby’s convoluted disciplinary process gone a step too far?

first_imgSeen it all: Dai Young wants a clean game but feels there is a limit to what you can adjudicateCoaches normally do. I was once at a game when a coach fingered the wrong player for a gouging incident leading to huge back page headlines about someone who was not involved, another bloke got charged and the press did a huge back-track come Monday’s papers.Sometimes the authorities scrutinise these things too closely. No-one got injured – no-one complained and all of a sudden someone is hauled up in front of the beak and loses the chance to get back into his national side.Dai Young, in charge at Wasps, played in both the amateur and professional eras as a prop who went on three British & Irish Lions tours. The Welshman, after admitting he was glad the cameras were not about when he was starting out in the 1980s, said: “Everybody wants a clean game. Everybody wants to play tough and play hard but there is always a line. All the players would welcome that but no-one wants anything that could ultimately affect their livelihoods.”It affected Ashton’s livelihood alright. He saw five potential Six Nations match fees and a Grand Slam bonus go up in smoke.Fair trial: James Haskell says all players want is some consistency when it comes to disciplineYoung’s captain at Wasps, James Haskell, added: “As a player all you want is consistency and to know what the lie of the land is and what is black and what is white. Context is never taken into account. You just want to be able to do your job and understand what the rules are.”And Alex Sanderson, one of Kruis’ bosses at Saracens, went further when he said: “They’ve built up the citing officers to look after players, which is a good thing. But the power they have, the way they have to wield it and hold people accountable sometimes make it a public lynching. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Splash down: Chris Ashton was banned for 10 weeks over a contentious disciplinary decision This week has seen yet more incidents brought up by citing officers. Why don’t they just have a quick glance at the tape and let players get on with it?center_img “I think it has gone too far. That’s my own personal opinion. It’s over-stepped for the likes of Ashton. He didn’t go for Marshall’s eyes. His hand was around there and that has never been any rugby player’s idea of illegality.”No one wants a return to the bad, old days and the misty-eyed talk of dark arts. No-one wants rugby’s officials to spend hours poring over tapes trying to look for trouble and potentially tarring players with unwanted labels. Give it the once over and , if nothing immediately obvious jumps out, get on with the game. It was another long night for the disciplinary process on Tuesday when the ‘Gypsygate’ furore over Joe Marler mercifully came to an end in London and George Kruis and David Wilson, in a separate hearing in Bristol, were told to carry on playing.Marler’s hearing took the best part of seven hours and Kruis and Wilson’s about four hours between them. The Marler one has been discussed ad nauseum since England’s Six Nations win over Wales and most are glad to see the back of it after some ham-fisted handling by the authorities. But you wonder whether the Kruis and Wilson ones should have even seen the light of day.Hands up anyone who spotted Kruis’ alleged bite on live TV or at the Recreation Ground during the game against Bath last Friday night? Wilson might have had a case to answer on first glance but there was another Sarries player who was being talked about with potential to go into the dock in the aftermath of the game.Farce: Joe Marler’s case went on for an interminable timeFood for thought and I bet Chris Ashton has thought about it.On 13 January, Eddie Jones named his first England squad and Saracens wing Ashton was in it after missing the World Cup and having endured a cap-less spell stretching back to June 2014 in New Zealand.Three days later, Sarries played Ulster in a European pool game at Allianz Park and won 33-17 but it was the last match Ashton would play for ten weeks. He was banned for, in the words of that unwieldly phrase, ‘making contact with the eye area’ of Ulster’s Luke Marshall.And that was it. Six Nations over before it had started and two-and-a-half months of acting as opposition during Saracens training was staring him in the face.But after the Ulster match there had not been a peep about a potential gouging incident. No-one there in person noticed it and the Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss did not mention it in his post-match press conference. It was only a couple of days later when the disciplinary email came through that anyone even talked about it.last_img read more

Inmarsat provides satellite communications for Dakar Rally’s Race2Recovery Team

first_img • Inmarsat is providing satellite connectivity to Race2Recovery; the first team of predominantly injured servicemen aiming to complete the formidable Dakar Rally • Race2Recovery team is relying on Inmarsat’s services during desert training sessions in Morocco as well as in the 2013 Dakar Rally Tagged with: corporate Events Inmarsat Jonathan Sinnatt Media Relations The Inmarsat press release newsfeed is on Twitter @Inmarsatnews and corporate updates are on @Inmarsat_plc LONDON – 15th November 2012 –– Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, is supporting the Race2Recovery team in its bid to complete the gruelling 2013 Dakar Rally in South America in January 2013, by providing vital satellite communications equipment and services.  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis During the October training session in the desert and in the mountains of Morocco, the Inmarsat system was online within three minutes, rarely had to be charged and was discreet and rugged enough to be packed away with minimal fuss during the arduous 2,000 km training journey. The team of injured former British and US service personnel, veterans and expert volunteers will take on the world’s toughest off-road endurance race to raise money for Help For Heroes and associated US charities. Inmarsat is providing the five drivers, co-drivers and support crew with Inmarsat portable and vehicular BGAN terminals, eight IsatPhone Pro handheld phones and an unlimited voice and data service to allow them to keep in touch during their tough desert preparations in Morocco, as well as during the 8,000 kilometre rally itself. About Inmarsat “With reliable communications, individuals with injuries or disabilities can aspire to reach their goals, however risky and remote the environment, with the reassurance that support is just a call or video chat away. Inmarsat’s support for the Race2Recovery team as it trains for – and ultimately competes in – the Dakar Rally builds on our longstanding association with this ultimate driving event,” said Andy Start, President, Global Government at Inmarsat. Recognising the significance of the team effort, Race2Recovery has been awarded the first ever grant from the Endeavour Fund, set up by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Advertisement For Further Information: Inmarsat provides satellite communications for Dakar Rally’s Race2Recovery Team Race2Recovery will be using the equipment again on its next training exercise in Morocco in December, when the co-drivers will also be put through their paces before the Dakar Rally in January. “The Inmarsat BGAN terminal means that the team can rely on great voice and broadband connectivity in even the most remote of locations. The kit is incredibly simple, lightweight and compact and is great for updating social media sites with texts and photos and for sending emails,” said Captain Harris.center_img The Inmarsat equipment provides the team with voice and real-time broadband data connectivity, however remote the location. The Race2Recovery team are relying on Inmarsat’s services to keep in contact even if they are in the most remote locations, such as the Atacama Desert and the Andes. They will be able to video link with the mechanical and logistics crews back at base in the UK, post updates on the charity’s website, Facebook and Twitter, and seek help in the case of medical or mechanical emergencies T: +44 (0)20 7728 1935 [email protected] Dakar Rally: www.dakar.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,500 staff in more than 40 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. For the year ended 31 December 2011, Inmarsat plc had total revenue of US$1,409m and an EBITDA of US$854m. For the six months ended 30 June 2012, Inmarsat plc had total revenue of US$684m and an EBITDA of US$381m. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com. Race2Recovery: http://www.race2recovery.com/ • Benefits include liaising with UK-based mechanical/logistics crews, updating social media and providing much needed communications to specialist medical support staff Breakaway Communications Europe for Inmarsat Lindsey Lee “On our first training session in October in Morocco, one of the vehicles had two punctures. As we each carry only one spare, we had to send a vehicle to find new tyres. Using BGAN we were able to find a supplier, while the IsatPhone Pros allowed the different crews to keep in touch,” he added.  T: +44 7766 447 897 [email protected] Race2Recovery’s team co-director and former Royal Regiment of Fuseliers Captain, Tony Harris, is one of the drivers and a below-the-knee amputee. Like many of the team, which also includes non-wounded members, Tony is a veteran of the Afghan conflict. The Dakar Rally is recognised as one of the toughest events in motorsports. Of the 443 motorbikes, quad bikes, cars and trucks that started the race in Mar del Plata in Argentina on 1 January 2012, only 249 made it over the finish line in Lima, Peru. Howard Lake | 15 November 2012 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. 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first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE we are hearing that the Vanderburgh County Democratic party is about broke, politically ineffective and leaderless?  …special thanks should be given to those democrats who turned their backs on Rick Davis and Gayle Riecken Mayoral campaigns?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that the poor won and lose record (0-11) of the Evansville Thunderbolts may be causing the owners problems?  …if poor attendence, lack of income from sponsorships and inadequate concession income continues they may be facing a cash flow crisis?IS IT TRUE we are pleased that VenueWorks are having many successful non-hockey events at the Ford Center? …bottom line, is that Venueworks know what the heck they are doing and the politicians should let them select and run the events  at the Ford Center?IS IT TRUE  we are led to believe the City of Evansville financial crisis of 2016 is officially over?  …we highly suggest that our City officials better start preparing for the impending 2017 budget crisis?IS IT TRUE we wonder how much the 2016 City of Evansville General Fund is over budget?  …our guess is that the City of Evansville General Fund could be in the red between $12.5 to $15 million of dollars for this year?IS IT TRUE  we are hearing that the 2016 City of Evansville Employee Hospitalization Fund is in the red by many millions of dollars?  …we hear that the final figure 2016 will be “whooper”?IS IT TRUE we wonder why the Mayor has allowed the City of Evansville General Fund to be overspent by an average of $1.2 million per month?IS IT TRUE if you live within the City limits and Council vote to take 2% from your Homestead Tax Credit you will really be losing about 4% (2% from City and 2% from County) of your Homestead Tax Credit?  … every Vanderburgh County Tax Payer will be losing 2% every year until the Homestead Tax Credit is eliminated by the Mayor and City Council?IS IT TRUE we can’t wait to see how many million of dollars the Evansville Zoo really lost in 2016?  …we are hearing the figure will be a “whooper” ?EDITORS FOOTNOTES:  Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel it was wise for the Mayor to replace the Evansville Icemen with the Evansville Thunderbolts?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “IU WOMEN’S-MENS SWIM AND DIVING TEAMS”.Also take time to read “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.last_img read more