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Rugby HQ Plays of the Month from April 2014

Can you imagine if they had these cheerleaders in NH rugby? The poor girls would die of exposure.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Digby Ioane manhandles Bryan Habana in tense Top 14 clash

Second incidence, looks about right.

First incidence, as the description says, Habana does seem to drop and go completely limp in the air. It looks a little like a dive to me. Now Ioane's arms DO lift his legs, so he is culpable, but I'm a little disappointed with Habana.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Seven of the Best Tries PLUS Highlights from the Glasgow Sevens

I love the idea of the USA getting totally into 7s and American-izing it. Think rolling subs, four 15 minute quarters, cheerleaders, hotdogs, tannoy announcers, mascots... It'd be absolutely hilarious. Hundreds of points would be scored every game.

I do enjoy a bit of sevens. It's a good gateway drug for real rugby.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Canadian Conor Trainor's sublime foot control at the Glasgow Sevens

I've seen videos of footballers controlling a rugby ball with sickening skill, so I would imagine that all professional footballers could have a decent go at this... buuuut that doesn't detract from the fact that anyone who attempted this would need a shitload of skill.

Love it. A great piece of skill.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Canadian Conor Trainor's sublime foot control at the Glasgow Sevens

killy_mcgee, do you offer courses in making a good first impression on online forums?

As DrG and other regulars here know well, the lines on the pitch are actually not helpful when making decisions about forward passes. There has been a clarification in the laws which means that a pass is not adjudged to be forward or backward on the direction in which it travels, but by the direction in which it is released.

Momentum of a running player means that a ball released backwards out of the hands can actually end up travelling forwards from the point of release. Imagine a ball being thrown backwards out of a car - it will still travel forwards.

The IRB/Total Rugby released a video to clarify this, which most people here have already seen, but which is very useful.

http://www.rugbydump.com/2011/10/2204/what-is-a-forward-pass

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

BYU score great try after neat passing and huge charge from Paul Lasike

And importantly for rugby in the USA, not skills you'd perhaps associate with the NFL, and therefore showing rugby is very much its own culture over there.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Steffon Armitage's powerful fend try against Perpignan

While I agree to a certain extent, they will work after rugby. They just won't be playing the sport. This isn't their only shot at making money. Obviously they will want to make a chunk of money before they retire from the sport, but the money isn't the be all and end all. I would imagine that there will be players who, in twenty years time, might regret moving to France and missing out on one last shot at the World Cup.

I would like England to win the World Cup, but I would prefer to have an England team whom I respect, have a fondness for, and who represents my nation. In many respects that means I want to see players who live and play in England. The World Cup final is one game every four years. The other 1,460 days are also important.

I think in the long term it is better for our game to keep the salary cap and also to keep the rule about playing in England.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Saracens fly through to Cup Final after dominant performance vs Clermont

I'm with you ConnachtMan. I didn't like the Ash Splash at any point. Do it once or twice, but not every time you score(d) for England. I thought it was disrespectful.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Saracens fly through to Cup Final after dominant performance vs Clermont

In American sports it's called the Sports Illustrated effect. A player goes downhill after being featured on the cover of SI. Of course, the reality is that it is nigh on impossible to stay on top form for ever without a dip. Owens has been SO good for a while that it's pretty much impossible to go anywhere but down.

He's still an utterly brilliant ref, but he will make mistakes, and it is inevitable that he'll be seen to be getting worse. But worse than exceptional is still pretty fucking awesome.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Courtney Lawes smashes Owen Farrell with trademark hit

If it's 'Correct Grammar Like A Twat Day', I suppose I should point out your name should be Dave, not dave.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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