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

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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


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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