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Wales and England to meet in Junior World Championship final

Have you seen the All Blacks number 5 ? It's even worse...

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Wales and England to meet in Junior World Championship final

Jordan Williams (the Welsh fullback) and Rhodri Williams (the scrumhalf) are very talented. Jordan was also amazing against Argentina, and he made a lot of beautiful linebreaks during this tournament.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

The Brumbies upset the touring Lions with historic victory in Canberra

Youngs and Hogg struggled to find solutions, and the Brumbies overwhelmingly dominated the rucks.
A lot of players messed their chance of being selected against Australia (Wade, Barritt, Best, Gray, Evans, Murray...).

I don't undestand why Murray kept kicking the ball at the end, with less than 5 minutes on the clock. And he made a terrible mistake by isolating himself at the end.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

The All Blacks win the series with convincing victory over France

David Skrela is too old, and he never made a great game for France, like Beauxis.

Trinh Duc is the best french flyhalf. But Tales is good, he's not incredible but still. And Lopez is a very promising flyhalf, he is more creative than Tales but still a little bit young. There is also Wisniewski (Racing Metro) and Plisson (Stade Français).

Marc Lievremont decided to settle Trinh Duc in flyhalf for 3 years, but he changed his plans during the World Cup. Maybe Saint André, who apparently has choosed to settle Michalak, will change his plans too.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

The All Blacks win the series with convincing victory over France

Yes, he played mostly 9 with Toulon this season.
And when he changed position during the second half, he was definitely better. At scrumhalf he is quick, dangerous ball in hand, with a good kick and a great vision. At 10 he's slow and predictable. He never took the advantage line and always played outside. Easy to defend.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Brutal covering hit from New Zealand schoolboys rugby game

Ouch !!! Awesome hit !

Too bad the 15 white didn't take advantage of that tackle.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

The All Blacks win the series with convincing victory over France

Indeed, the first half was a demonstration of kicking skills by the All Blacks. When you see Nonu doing awesome kicks you know that your fullback is going to have a tough night. Medard was often alone, leaving him not a lot of options.
Except on the first try, I don't think that Nonu played very well. He was smashed a few times by Fritz and even Machenaud (the little scrumhalf!), he made one linebreak but mostly because of Michalak unbelievable defense on... nobody. I definitely want to see Ranger with Conrad Smith for the third test.

French lost 6 lineouts and missed 20 tackles. It's impossible to win the All Blacks with these stats, especially when they are in a great day. The score is a bit harsh, but the All Blacks were almost perfect. Greatest performance in a long time.
Maybe with Doussain in 9 and Lopez or Tales in 10 for the last test French will play better.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

New Zealand come up trumps in hard-fought first Test against France

I agree, but I really think that it is worst in NZ. I guess I'm also a little bit upset because France played well and lost.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

New Zealand come up trumps in hard-fought first Test against France

Totally agree, NZ TV is always biased. They never show replays when NZ seems to commit a foul that the referee doesn't see.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

New Zealand come up trumps in hard-fought first Test against France

Definitely a very nice game. Both teams could have win it, but NZ was more pragmatic. The French need to rework the lineouts and scrums, that was a catastrophe (at least they can thank Wayne Barnes for the scrums).

I'm surprised by Planté performance. Planté was a good winger in France, but i really didn't think that he had the level for the national team. And I was wrong.
Dusautoir and Fritz good as usual, good to see Doussain back on the team, he really deserve it.
The pair Nonu/C.Smith is definitely the best, but I really want to see Ranger with the number 13 next week. He's better on the center than on the wing, and he really deserve it (he is so powerfull). Savea did nothing, Cruden is not Carter.

Can't wait to see the next game, but I think it will be harder for the french. Top 14 is really long and they were already exhausted at the end of this match.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

 
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