Someone should hold Stephen Jones down at the bottom of a ruck


Stephen Jones is a whinging Welsh git who hates the All Blacks. We get that, but why do the Media party insist on printing his whining, whinging, cry-baby articles about how the All blacks are evil?

Rugby’s less-civilised nation – New Zealand – answers to different rules than the rest.

That’s the view of Stephen Jones, regarded by many as the most vociferous critic of the All Blacks. Jones has again taken the national rugby side, New Zealand as a nation, and rugby officials to task.

In his latest column penned for The Sunday Times in the UK, Jones has railed against the failure of Sanzaar to take any action against New Zealand prop Owen Franks for what some alleged was an eye-gouge act against Wallabies lock Kane Douglas last month.

The dickhead doesn’t realise that Owen Franks didn’t do anything, his supposed victim says he didn’t do anything, the referee who saw it all says there was nothing in it, but this git thinks he knows everything. It is apparent that in fact he knows fuck all.

“Are people too scared of New Zealand to take a stand? Do New Zealand dominate Sanzar [sic] so much?” Jones wrote.

Not surprisingly, the veteran rugby writer referenced Brian O’Driscoll’s tour-ending injury with the Lions in 2005 when citing examples of when he felt the All Blacks had avoided the disciplinary processes and punishment due to them.

“And so yet another horror is added to the litany of shame,” he wrote. Franks was not cited by Australia or Sanzaar after the incident, where he ran his hand over the face of Douglas early on in the All Blacks’ 29-9 win over Australia in the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup match in Wellington on August 27.

Jones claimed Franks “curled his fingers into a claw, then inserted them towards and apparently into the eye sockets of Douglas”. However, Douglas said he had no issues with the Franks incident.

“I probably didn’t realise how bad it looked until after the game [when watching it on TV],” Douglas said. “My eyes were fine and it all happened so quickly I was on to the next thing in the game.

“I didn’t think of it like that. It was an All Black trying to stop me driving through the maul, arms everywhere and everything happening in a few seconds. I’ve got no issue at all but obviously you want to be protecting the eyes of players.”

But the incident still left Jones deeply unsatisfied.

“The grotesque reality that the All Blacks are subject to an entirely different disciplinary code than the rest of the world, has yet again been exposed,” he wrote.

Jones saw the failing to cite Franks as a continuation of outrageous judicial incidents surrounding alleged foul play and the All Blacks.


Wah, wah, wah…get better at the game or go home.

Jones wrote that “the likes of Brian O’Driscoll, Will Carling, Michael Lynagh and a galaxy of others expressed their disgust” at how Franks wasn’t called to face a judicial process – and that “New Zealand, the nation of the wise monkeys” leapt to the defence of one of their All Black heroes.

“In the minds of New Zealanders, is blame more a matter of nationality rather than facts, and image, and safety?” Jones asked.

“Comparisons have been drawn all week with rugby’s more civilised civilised nations,” he then prompted, citing examples of England’s Chris Ashton, Wales’ Tomas Francis and Argentina’s Mariano Galarza being suspended for what Jones seems to feel were lesser ‘offences’ than Franks’.

Jones wrote that if World Rugby fails to act, the result is “conceivably, physical danger for every player who visits New Zealand.”

No sooks in this country’s rugby team. Perhaps our opponents should learn from the best.

Perhaps Stephen Jones should be popped into the bottom of a ruck and left there for some time while the players clean their sprigs on his back.

– Fairfax

  • Carl

    The citing commissioner would have looked at all the videos he had available to him which is more than the public get to see and found that there was no reason to take any action over the incident. Another journalist interviewing his keyboard.

    • XCIA

      Besides, the recipient of the “facial” confirmed his eyes were not gouged.

    • Curly1952

      And the citing commissioner has probably forgotten more about the game than Jones knows

  • Curly1952

    He has been wringing since forever. No matter what we do he finds fault but never praises the high level of play that we take the game to. If the other teams tried to achieve the same through deeds rather than words they might become an good. We have our own “Stephen Jones” in Chris Rattue, herald, and Mark Watson, radio sport, who find very, very little positive to say about the most complete rugby team in the history of the game

  • Grizz30

    I am sure some kiwi snagged his missus. His criticism of the All Blacks has long become pathological. One forward pass aside, the reason why the All Blacks look like they are the only ones that get away with bad stuff is that they do not go whinging to the press every time they do not get the rub of the green. Jones would love the eye gouge to have actually happened as it would make his I’ll gotten biases of the All Blacks ring true. Sadly for Jones, he is the most fantastical rugby scribe trying to book a free pass to next year’s Lions tour.

  • Edward Ellis

    No, he’s right this time. It’s as clear as day, and the victim is simply complying with the code of manhood that says you don’t squeal, you just get the perpetrator next time around. I agree he’s a whinger and a dork, but even whingers and dorks will be right occasionally.

  • Grizz30

    He was remarkably quiet when Mccaw was gouged by Rougerie. Never a more blatant eye gouge since Richard Loe with great video footage but no citing. Mccaw has said very little about it since.

    • Edward Ellis

      … which rather supports my point about the code of manhood.

    • Boondecker

      He must be a leftie in real life. The hypocrisy is strong in that one.

  • Jafarma

    Surely this story sums it up: . Both Franks and Douglas have said there was no eye gouging. End of story.

  • sandalwood789

    A complete non-story.
    Jones is just bitter and jealous that he was born Welsh rather than a New Zealander.

  • Simon P

    This is great for rugby, we need a nemesis.

    • biscuit barrel

      Exactly . The English are too scared to tour NZ. They havent been since the mid 80s. They only come as the Lions these days

      • Grizz30

        They came for a 3 test series in 2014. There were several tours in the nouties and the 1998 tour from hell.

        • taurangaruru

          & a 6 man pommie scrum held out an 8 man ABs scrum on their try line in 2003, the humiliation was so great we finally (under Messers Henry & Hansen) addressed our powderpuff forwards thank god.

  • Monty

    I’ve just seèn the Richie mcCaw-some movie. Just excellent. Much more than a rugby story. Maybe the welsh whiners might learn a thing or two.

  • Richard

    Heading should read…someone should hold Stephen Jones down at the bottom of a pre yr 2000 ruck…the only thing you get from the bottom of a ruck these days is a penalty for not rolling away.

  • Gladwin

    Stephen prat should be ignored. There is no problem to answer.

  • taurangaruru

    Yet he seems to have no issue with his beloved England appointing an eye gouging, punching, referee abusing head butter as their captain. Hypocrisy at it’s finest aye Jonsey boyo?