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Throwback Thursday - Rupeni Caucaunibuca hat-trick vs the Crusaders in 2004

Is that the same night that Spencer finished the game with an unnecessary length-of-the-field try and a sideline conversion, flipping the bird at the cantab crowd? Oh those were the golden years, or the end of them.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Rene Ranger set to return to New Zealand and the Blues

This is great, haven't managed to catch many of his European highlights until now. Thanks RD!

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Waratahs lock Dave Dennis makes two brutal hits against the Rebels

I can't quote the law but I remember Dan Carter being carded for the same thing vs the Boks a few years back. If it's in the in goal area, I assume there's a better chance of disrupting a try scoring opportunity illegally, hence the card.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

INFOGRAPHIC: Common Rugby Union Injuries

Disturbing to see that more backs were injured in the maul than forwards!

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

Assuming the translation is correct, this is no apology at all. Either you aimed your knee at someone's back with the intention of harming him (although probably not expecting to break any bones) and apologise for being an evil b*start or you claim it was an accident and that Heaslip was an unlucky bystander. Clearly it was the former as you would only fly into contact knee first if you were trying to injure yourself or someone else.

I hope he is banned for at least as long as Heaslip is out injured. Not that I have a lot of sympathy for Heaslip considering he is prone to knee people in sensitive places when he deems them to be offside.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Ian Madigan's sneaky quick tap try against Ulster

Same thing happened to the ABs in the pool game vs France at the last world cup. Very very frustrating to see

1 Year, 9 Months ago

USA 7's player Perry Baker kicks pitch invader after thuggish tackle

Not a good look to kick a guy on the ground, especially as it appears fairly close to the head. But we've been through this before, if someone comes down to my place of work and tackles me there is a chance some unpredictable, uncharacteristic violence will ensue. If you have the balls to get your kit off and streak, especially if you're a hot girl, people might cheer for you. Fully clothed, expect a different reaction

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Great sportsmanship from 19 year old Portuguese 7's player vs Fiji

I'm not sure which part of this is better - the Portuguese guy owning up, the Fijian leaving the field without tooo much fuss, or the way everyone has misinterpreted your post.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

The least impressive one was May. He gassed Conrad Smith which I could probably do and then Dagg misjudged his timing. Not really any more than that, pure individual effort (although is was two on four so have to give some credit).

The Boks ones were both really impressive but probably the one vs NZ was more special because they went on to win for the first time in several years. In fact, both were better than the Habana one that won it a couple in recent years.

But I'm tempted to give it to the Canadians just based on the knot in my stomach as she broke away! Length of the field try from a tight head, not often you see that. Plus Canada beating France in the WC. She'd be the only women's rugby player most people were talking about this year and not just because she's cute!

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Friday Funnies - Prop Adam Jones' audacious drop goal attempt

Poor Matt Dunning, for the next century (or at least until we get rugby league scrums and props change body type) whenever a front rower even considers kicking a ball, his name will come up. It's one of rugby's great stories, along with Umaga hand bagging Masoe to tears.

1 Year, 11 Months ago