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Johnny Sexton blasted by fans and players for playacting

Stupid move by Dunbar, weaker move by Sexton. Play acting is disgusting!!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England take the Grand Slam after beating France in Paris

Congratulations to France for their efforts, they actually looked like a team with a lot of potential but stick lacking some finishing disciplines. Their handling was a bit sloppy at times, but they actually looked strong when they got it right. I'm not sure if they are close to having "it" or not, but they definitely looked to progress as the tournament went on, even if their results didn't.

Contrary to some of the French fans, I thought France played better against Scotland and England than they did in their other games. Even though the results of the others went more their way.

Well done to all teams though, thoroughly enjoyable 6N with some very attractive rugby by some...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England take the Grand Slam after beating France in Paris

I suppose the chalice of the cut conk has to be passed on at some point...

I thought Farrell did very well at 12, he's still not a particularly likeable character yet.. but I like seeing the opportunities that are created by having a fast and attacking distributor at 10 (Ford) and a good distributor at 12. Farrell has more time to make his decision without it holding up the back line too much. Plus it's an extra thinking head, an extra kicker (although he took all the penalties etc) and you can always swap Farrell over to 10, only issue is if someone gets sleepy... unless you pick a 3rd 10, you won't have anyone fresh.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England take the Grand Slam after beating France in Paris

The thing is, as someone said, English = Try, French = no try... neutral = erm...

To say it was a complete joke is wrong imo... Dreaming up a what if - IF Vunipola hadn't made ANY contact with Cole, yet was still tackled, I would say it's tough luck if Vunipola got smashed by Guirado, because he was running a dummy line. You can clearly see Guirado lined Vunipola up for the hit - this I believe was his downfall... I think Nigel Owens took the stance that Vunipola was to the side, but also that Guirado was not obstructed because he had at the initial point committed to tackling Vunipola, which as Mr 45678 stated, could actually result in a penalty anyway.

Either way, it was a messy try and could definitely have gone either way, I wouldn't call it a complete joke or a terrible decision. Guirado was in no way preparing to line up Cole. It was a close call and could have gone either way.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England take the Grand Slam after beating France in Paris

Can only echo the above re: Nowell, he seems to have got caught in the middle and massively outnumbered due to the rest of his team. Also seemed to me that his channel was squashed quite a lot by drifting players.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler escapes ban for forearm strike on Wales' Rob Evans

I dunno 10st10, he had a real big grin on his face, maybe it translates into some form of "Englishman, Welshman and a gypsy walk into a bar" joke..

or perhaps the two are good friends and it was as you suspected, but rather a "hello buddy, haven't seen you in ages!"

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler escapes ban for forearm strike on Wales' Rob Evans

I can understand your view point Dan, only issue is, as you mentioned many people may have missed the apologies and will already be using 'gypsy boy' as their new insult. The issue however I would have with dragging this incident through the mud and publicly flogging Marler, is that those that missed the news about the apology would surely miss the details of Marlers public abusing.

As for the traveller lad, that's the joys of 'travelling' I guess... has a fall out, travels somewhere else :p

The child is not to blame, however sometimes travellers make a rod for their own backs.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ma'a Nonu cited for massive no-arms hit on Grenoble scrumhalf

Hah! I sort of thought it sounded a bit insulting after I'd written it, but honestly I meant it more like, had them professionally interpreted and therefore explained as to where exactly the line is...

....but I'm happy for it to be read either way as the guy has shown up a few classless acts over the years.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler will face no punishment for 'Gypsy Boy' comment

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/society/12197836/Whats-worse-Joe-Marler-saying-gypsy-boy-or-demanding-he-is-crucified-for-making-a-mistake.html

Fantastic article!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ma'a Nonu cited for massive no-arms hit on Grenoble scrumhalf

I think what Nonu has done here, is read the laws, or had them explained to him and basically done the bare minimum he can to satisfy them...

It's like when the wife says to hoover the floor and you skim over parts of it, or the more obvious bits of fluff.... technically you've hoovered.... just not well and not the entire floor....

Nonu feigned and attempt to wrap in the most lackadaisical fashion and it hasn't carried off, although I'd imagine a lawyer will take stills from the video and highlight areas with a big marker where Nonus arm is slightly more forward and justify that as "ladies and gentlemen, an ATTEMPT, to grasp!"

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago