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

Perhaps browners comment is slightly lost in translation. Perhaps Portugal is more developed in the rugby world than he gives credit, however I must admit it's rare to hear of any players in the French teams, UK, Ireland, club teams or in the Southern Hemisphere, also one would expect Scotland/Italy, to go into the matches feeling very confident about beating Portugal, so that is probably where 'developing' comes from.

In terms of the rest of his comment, it appears on face value that his comment is very tongue in cheek. Look at many professional players now, diving, feigning injury, etc etc, he is saying if Belo wants to progress then he'll sadly have to lose his integrity etc. Perhaps this is not 100% true, however judging by todays game, it isn't exactly too far from the truth...

16 Hours, 16 Minutes ago

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

Sad but true, definitely unfortunate to see the need to win become greater than the ethos of the game.

16 Hours, 22 Minutes ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Makes perfect sense... how many times have you heard people say: "you going to training on ___day?" followed by "umm, I dunno, same old sh*t really"...

Ever found it's the training sessions where the coach mixes things up a bit which are the ones that leave you absolutely wrecked but feeling well and truly satisfied, you've done something new, you've worked out a new move, you've learnt something you didn't know you could do...

I personally get more satisfaction from pre training touch than I often do in the main training.. I'm a second row back row... call a lineout code for me and I'll jump and catch the ball... I'll do it all damn training session and get 99.99% of catches...Get a coach to pitch 1st against 2nd or something like that, and you'll get a real work. I can ruck, I can maul, I can scrum etc.. training those skills are important, but doesn't the management want to see what happens when I'm stuck out wide and someone throws me the ball? Do I tuck it up and go headfirst, or do I open my eyes and look for support, gaps, pass opportunities, opportunities to chip overhe-maybe not...

I think we all know basic skills are key, but unless you mix things up, you'll always find a team that can out do you on the basics and leave you with nothing left to offer...

1 Day, 15 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

You can imagine the pre match talks from Hansen:

"Richie, for fuck sake, they're cottoning onto you being invisible, do something stupid for a while and stop CATCHING the ball!!!"

"Dan, throw a couple interceptions and miss the damn goal for once, I'm trying to do something here and your passing is wrecking it for me!"

"The rest of you, well you're the B team anyway, just do whatever you normally do, it's not good enough to get into my 1st team anyway, so it must be shit enough!"

1 Day, 15 Hours ago

Toulon based Steffon Armitage says he still wants to play for England

Does Steffon fit in with the England game plan? I don't know what exactly it is, but it seems a bit less expansive than when I first saw Lancaster get involved.. it looks a little 2003 rugby, just 1-10 rugby... maybe not, but these current forwards look like the typical England forwards.. they do what forwards do, occasionally a 1-5 will be used for crash ball, sometimes the back row have a trot, but generally they're there for 1 reason only, and that is forward work, scrums, rucks, lineouts, they dare not get involved in 'running rugby' which is exactly what Steffon is brilliant at... (amongst other things!)

1 Day, 15 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Agree with you regarding Farrell's attitude. That sort of behaviour was becoming of a cocky 9 who is well recognised. Take Jimmy Cowan for instance, a highly dislikeable on field character, I know nothing of him off the field, but his on field displays do his character no favours, however (consulting wikipedia here), he has 51 NZ caps to his name, 45 points for them, over 100 caps for the Highlanders etc etc.. basically he's been around for long enough to be worth something. Plus, he's a 9, so he's allowed to be a dick...

Farrell however just comes across as someone that thinks he's the next Dan Carter/Jonny Wilkinson etc, or perhaps he's living off the fame of Dad and other notables in his family...

1 Day, 21 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

I'm with you on this one. It's been highlighted quite a few times on here how if you go to most parks/beaches on a sunny day/normal day, in the NH, you'll see folks kicking a football around. In the SH, it tends to be someone tossing an egg around... until 'picking up a rugby ball for a mess about' becomes the norm, I'm afraid the NH will tend to be already starting on an uphill...

Don't know what the 'elf n safety brigade are like down south, but when I was at school in the NH we tended to pick up a rugby ball during lunch breaks and have a run around on the grass, quick passing, fast hands and some tackles, most of the time it ended up with us being threatened with 'detention' as we were not being properly monitored and because we were in a mixed age group (year above and below) and someone could get hurt.... brings the hammer down a tad...

3 Days, 17 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Ah, correct, I have missed Ireland. There are 2 reasons for this; 1 because I genuinely forgot to write them in - no disrespect intended, and 2 because I unfortunately didn't see a single game of theirs (which is probably a reason for point number 1!)

They have however seemed to come back in all guns blazing. I recall someone mentioning '13' and how it's nice that there is literally 0 pressure on that shirt because no one expects a player as good as BOD to walk on the field.

Regarding the NZ bit, I'm just amazed that Scotland could keep them down to 2 points? and nearly win the game in the first place. Then Wales, who are playing some pretty pitiful stuff at the moment were close to clinching the game - (minus the floodgates being opened at the end). - Then I see your comment below (had me laughing by the way!), perhaps this was always their tactic for all the games, people will head into the RWC thinking NZ is on decline...

3 Days, 17 Hours ago

Vote for the Sky New Zealand Fans Try of the Year

#8 gets my vote!

3 Days, 17 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Can anyone really make clear assumptions based on the Autumn internationals?

I hope they give an indication as to which way each nations rugby is going, but I find the whole thing a bit like reading hieroglyphics....

Scotland vs Arg for instance - Scotland were on fire, but then imo, they let Arg back in the game. I think the scoreline flattered Arg, however was it a misfiring Arg team? Did the Arg team that later beat France play better? Or did France play worse?

Then again, take NZ, they've had a pretty awful Autumn by their standards, they got the results, but they weren't pretty. Is this an indication of NZ decline? NH improvement? Or just a bit of cloudiness in NZ minds.

I'd love to say I can see where the game is going, but honestly, the only team which showed any obvious better style was Scotland... the rest sort of, did what they normally do...just worse..

4 Days, 2 Hours ago

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