Schalk Berger, handed an eight-week ban for eye-gouging, actually raking at someone’s eyes with his finger.
Bakkies Botha, handed a two-week ban for an illegal hit on Adam Jones that dislocated the shoulder of a 20-stone man.
Simon Shaw, handed a two-week ban for basically throwing himself (all 6-foot eight and 19 stone of him) knees-first into the ribs of a guy significantly smaller than he is.
Tom Williams, who isn’t a big name international like the others, handed a 12-MONTH ban for obeying team orders and ‘faking an injury’ to allow himself to be substituted so they could get a kicker back on the pitch. What they’re calling a faked injury looked to me more like blood pouring from his nose so all I can think of is that they decided there was nothing to stitch up with a bloody nose so it didn’t count as a blood substitution.
Yes the club should have been fined, and they have (a record amount I believe) but in a season where trying to push your fingers into someone’s eye sockets merits eight weeks suspension, you’ve gotta wonder what they hell’s going on.