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Alex

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It's a long time since I used to live in England, when I had both a Chelsea membership attending maybe 5-8 games a season and a Harlequins season ticket. Those two things really got me through the worst days of January when the thrill of the festive season was over. But the biggest buzz for me in the dark days of winter was the Six Nations. Sunny Rome in early February; being among all the bouncing France supporters singing, 'Dans les yeux d'Amelie', on the Rue Princesse in St Germain in Paris; being in the world's biggest pub at the Millennium...those were the times, win or lose.

Hardest year to call the winner in a long time. I'm going with France even without Dupont 

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Just decided to find that song, it's 'Dans les yeux d'Emilie' apparently and wandered into the lift of my building to take the bins out while watching the video on YouTube. It stopped on a lower floor where a neighbour I've never seen before looked at me like I was a dangerous madman and decided not to get in and wait until I was gone.

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I see Owen Farrell has decided to not play for England anymore  and see it is being reported due to social media abuse.

Is this due to the WC where he thought a SA player had racially insulted an ENgland player?

 

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Farrell's a bit of marmite player and being England captain he had a very high profile so apparently copped a lot of abuse. A lot of rugby-related online vitriol can come from South Africa yes. I listen to the BBC rugby podcast where the presenters all talkabout the abuse they and other players receive online.

I did write in to them to explain that the police forcing social media companies to hand over the details of the perpetrators isn't a good idea that should be campaigned for. In many repressive regimes around the world, social media is a positive force for exposing wrongdoing and achieving social justice. 

 

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2 hours ago, Alex said:

Farrell's a bit of marmite player and being England captain he had a very high profile so apparently copped a lot of abuse. A lot of rugby-related online vitriol can come from South Africa yes. I listen to the BBC rugby podcast where the presenters all talkabout the abuse they and other players receive online.

I did write in to them to explain that the police forcing social media companies to hand over the details of the perpetrators isn't a good idea that should be campaigned for. In many repressive regimes around the world, social media is a positive force for exposing wrongdoing and achieving social justice. 

 

I get a lot of that.  But right now SA is emerging as probably the most rational caring country in the world, while everyone else should be hiding their heads in shame (or just heavily editiing coverage)

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4 hours ago, jasonb said:

I get the repression angle yet if only they could identify if 95% of bias comes from South Africa and we won't investigate that is fine. 

At least then we know it is bias.

 

Well there's online abuse and bullying in every country on earth, it's just how it's dealt with that's the issue. I'm sure Farrell got plenty of abuse from the UK being so heavily associated with Saracens. They're not a popular team, being extremely successful and then the salary cap cheating that saw them demoted to the Championship and stripped of titles.

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1 hour ago, Dwmh said:

I get a lot of that.  But right now SA is emerging as probably the most rational caring country in the world, while everyone else should be hiding their heads in shame (or just heavily editiing coverage)

Lot of banana-skins I'd rather avoid there.

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  • 3 weeks later...

What a game between Wales and Scotland, and Italy looking a lot better than when I've watched them previously (although I know next to nothing about Rugby Union!!)

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