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French rugby shows solidarity after Charlie Hedbo terror attacks in Paris

Wish people could just keep their hands to themselves...

I dunno, don't get me wrong, the reprints were a heck of a middle finger reaction, but it sort of makes things difficult to come on here and say "if people just left each other alone then...blahblah"...

I suspect the lack of comments on here are to do with the majority of people wishing to stay out of politics on here... I've watched for days at the '2 comments' bit and seeing Colombes comment really makes me think that people need to put differences aside.

Charlie Hebdo has a habit of attracting controversy - perhaps in the same manner as South park, I guess it's all kind of funny until they pick on your problem/religion/following/lifestyle etc... but I suppose if you can sit back and chuckle at the stereotypes of it all then maybe that is the key...

Depictions of Muhammad? Aren't all photographs or drawings of male muslims 'depictions of Muhammad' - Don't the majority (if not all?) of them carry the name Muhammad? Granted I'm no lawyer and would rather not get into technicalities with a bunch of gun toting lunatics, but you know... thinking about stuff might help more..

I suppose no one is 'holier than thou' so we'll all do something that pisses someone else off... I suppose the majority of reactions we face are just words...and more on the pitch... but mainly words...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/30264033

This is the article Stroudos - about Eastmond

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

To reply to Stroudos first:

I believe at a guess it was Eastmond... Although I can't recall exactly... definitely not Bananaman, I suppose I said a while back, but really I'm talking about last years rugby...

To tag onto 10stone10... I believe we definitely have a similar attitude to the whole thing. I personally want to see Burgess shine, however perhaps I feel an air of responsibility to NOT join the bandwagon so as to give the bloke the best chance he can - I get the feeling that if I join in on all the hype with a really positive future outlook, things may indeed turn bleak.. I feel like perhaps we all need to sit back and say "yeh, when he turns out to be the decent player the world wants him to be whilst wearing an England shirt, then we'll give him a chance." - which is perhaps unfair (he needs to get a break before he'll get into an England shirt) but I guess I'd love to see him be hidden to the media, just playing good rugby and entering the international scene as a new guy... rather than the media pouncing on fairly 'average' things for most club players with what you can imagine would be titles like "the sidestep that MEANS Burgess is going to win the RWC for England" or some sort of thing like that.

The bloke is going to play his heart out and play to the best of his abilities, the sooner the media lets him go and do that, make a cock up without them hanging him, make a good play without them lumping the world on his shoulders then the better... I say anyway...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

Utility backs comments are very close to my own.

Rather than the press working with the national teams, they often appear to be the bane of them.

As you said, the press will hype everything up, everyone will question why Burgess ISN'T included (if he isn't) etc, then when he doesn't prove to be the 'big kid' (as mentioned in my previous post) and run over everyone, he'll get hounded by the press and thrown on the scrap heap.

Stroudos, don't get me wrong I have a huge like for Lancasters generally smiley overall attitude, but I posted a comment a long while back which linked to a BBC post about picking players to fit into the gaps whilst still playing out of form players. I can't give you the exact details, but it was pertaining to a centre that was picked because he was brilliant at club level, throwing him into an international shirt against a top team (NZ?) whilst England were still playing a shakey 'off form' Farrell... and because this centre didn't perform any magic he was never given a look in again. I believe the article then went on to say about how Farrell was swapped and the aforementioned centres club 10 came in, and still there was no sign of inclusion.

I mean consider bringing in any tank of a second row for his first cap - lets say a player with the strength and size of Bakkies Botha, and then partnering him with a human noodle and then blaming the scrum failures on 'Bakkies mk2'....

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

It's a bit like 'Sex Panther' 60% of the time it works everytime.










...dammit Stroudos!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

I suspect you must struggle to read then.. there are not an awful lot of 'hates'...

Or do you come from the land where you must never constructively criticise?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

...dafuq! ergo my ass! Still trying to work out how that crept in there.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

Said it before, say it again... The hype ergo this video is too much for me to handle/accept.

Don't get me wrong, he played well, read the moves, put in 2 hits... but without trying to agree with the very first 'troll' post... I kind of do agree...

I like Stroudos point about how the onus SHOULD be on the ball carrier, but as it stands at the moment, it isn't... therefore Burgess put in a 'good tackle' but knocked the ball on - granted he can hardly be held responsible for the knock on... it's a bit like that sort 'was it a knock on or did he charge it down?' kind of question when someone gets a ball booted at them...

So again.. Burgess is a very good player, I'd happily have him in my team, but the media hype around him is borderline ludicrous - you'd think there was talk of Lomu making a comeback.

...and again (again,again,again), lets say Burgess is the miracle boy of the England team... he's one bloke... (granted his height and weight says different)...this isn't schoolboy rugby where it's a case of 'pass it to the bloke with overinflated testosterone levels and a beard at the age of 12 and let him single handedly win the game'...

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Braam Van Straaten catches Blues unaware with quick tap in 1999

Look at the shoulder pads, don't tend to see them like that anymore.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Ian Madigan's sneaky quick tap try against Ulster

Loved it!! I'm going to try this ne...... who am I kidding... they'll never fall for it with a second row...


..plus I'll probably fumble the bloody thing!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago