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Quade Cooper will not be playing 7s for Australia at the Olympics

You're definitely right Dan. Under rating 7's players is something I must say I've been guilty of doing. Not purposely, or even obviously, but I guess it's more down to the coverage that 7's receives, and the fact that where I grew up, 7's was the closest to what we used to play as a great way to piss about and have a bit of fun.... no one was interested in picking up a ball and having a full blown game of 15's.... plus we didn't have the numbers etc. So I wrongly associate it with childhood chuckabout... which is clearly is not. Then there is the fact that all the tournaments are 90% in the sunshine where fans can have a good piss up...

Plus there is the age of thing about which sport is better, Soccer, American Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League etc, and 7's sort of doesn't seem to come into it...

But as you said, it's wonderful in some ways that a world class 15's player can't "waltz in" and shove an aspiring 7's player out of position just because Coopers got some rugby history. Obviously not wonderful for Cooper, but it's a respectful sign in some ways.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Tighthead vs Tighthead as props Kieran Brookes and David Wilson collide

Horrible technique, he deserved it - said the none pro to the pro...

But look at his left arm, it's inboard of Brookes and it's put him in a rugby league barging sort of position.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Quade Cooper will not be playing 7s for Australia at the Olympics

Shame, as a 15's player he is immense - however he seemed a bit stuck in his 7's games. I suspect it's due to it being an entirely different game.

In 15's he can chance a lot of things and there are a lot of team mates either side to either, 1. Clear up after him if it goes wrong, or 2. Capitalise on his sneakiness.

Whereas in 7's, you can be flamboyant and unpredictable, but you have to do it with the utmost accuracy because of the lesser amounts of team mates, the bigger gaps between team mates, and the fact that the opposition is expecting the unexpected....

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Double World Cup winner Ben Franks on life after rugby and his time in the Premiership

Really interesting to hear his views. They say there is no I in team, but as is often batted about, there is indeed me.... I can totally see where he is coming from with his 2011 disappointment. New Zealand as a collective supported it's squad, it's squad supported and help the match day teams, but the final crunch came down to the 15 blokes on the field at the time (and their replacements), and whilst Franks was part of the journey that helped them to get there, to not step onto that pitch and defend their lead and press their attack whilst still kitted up and ready, willing and wanting, it must be somewhat gut wrenching to hear that final whistle blow without getting a chance to get involved.

Really glad for him to have made his mark in the last WC. I wonder what his future holds now L I are to be relegated..

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Rugbydump Training: 5 Nutrition Basics for Rugby Players

Ah yes muscle foods, I saw they have a crazy deal on at the moment, £60 for a whole ton of meat!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Rugbydump Training: 5 Nutrition Basics for Rugby Players

Actually got to say some, in the UK some of the recently rising supermarkets that I believe hail from Germany have some of the best produce. Especially things like the frozen fruits which are great to throw into breakfast blends.

Supplements, like the name suggests, are supplements... I'd imagine everyone on here is aware of the limits of supplements - Got to love the flashy shiny packaging with a roid laden lump on the front of it and dreaming of becoming him just by having a scoop a day! Here's a marketing idea for anyone that wants - personalised powder - the purchaser sends a picture of his face and some clown on 'Paint' can cut and paste it onto the body of Arnie and print that out on the container...

Whey protein is something I've found beneficial, amongst other concoctions, but I often tend to try and find something that is unflavoured and effectively just whey. I've got some stuff which is 97% protein - I can't recall what the other 3% is (floor sweepings?).. but when you read the back of a lot of the powders, if you don't know what the ingredient is, look it up - a lot of people have said the same thing to me when I was trying to find 'the right one'....

The US had a lot of scary incidents with supplements containing heavy metals and things like that - I guess lead could make the scales go up.... *rolls eyes*....

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Rugbydump Training: 5 Nutrition Basics for Rugby Players

Whether it being "cutting" or "bulking" - to put it crudely... I've always found having many meals to be the best approach. This may not work with people who don't have time for multiple meals, but if you can squeeze them in, then I find it works well for me.

Also if people are struggling with breakfast which is quite common, something blended is something that works really well for me.. I don't like having to go through the whole struggle of chewing away early in the morning...

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Leolin Zas red carded and banned after Bernard Foley's awful landing

I think the issue is Veji, that none of these players ever really think they're NOT in the contest for the ball... All these incidents are last millisecond incidents - Foley's foot left the floor right at the very end of the 3 second mark on the video - He then was in the air, sort of caught the ball, made contact with Zas (or vice versa) and his head, shoulders and hips all made contact with the floor during the 4 second mark, just as it turned to 5 seconds his feet flapped back onto the ground again as he was prone..

Effectively the whole incident occurred and was over in about 1 and a half seconds....

So literally right up until the final point Zas was competitive, his slip changed the dynamics of the incident, however we've seen in the past that the defender or catcher always gets the benefit...

As mentioned above - it's probably deemed reckless by Zas, but would throwing yourself up into the air at the last moment when someone is hurtling after the ball not somewhat 'reckless' in itself?

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Leolin Zas red carded and banned after Bernard Foley's awful landing

Hmmm if we keep this up we might be in double figures by 2020! haha

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Leolin Zas red carded and banned after Bernard Foley's awful landing

I've got to agree that there never appears to be any sort of investigation towards the jumping player...

I think players throw themselves into the situation without any self preservation. Yet when another player jumps but mistimes and collides with someone else it's deemed as 'reckless'. I for one would rather players are deemed responsible for their own safety to some degree.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago