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England crowned Six Nations 2017 champions after demolition of Scotland

That was painful to see the Scots just falling apart - game plan, discipline, players injured just all went wrong. Definite testament to England, put so much pressure on Scotland that they couldn't handle it.

I saw Johnny Wilkinson at the end talking about the game saying that the Scots needed to just regather themselves and their composure for 5 mins, not try and snatch back a score. It was like looking at a bloke gambling, loses more than he can afford and then goes chasing the money!

I think the Scots definitely missed Laidlaws experience in gathering the mob together, that being said, they had plenty of big names who could have stepped up to take control - either of the Heat brothers have a lot of tests under their belts and isn't Jonny a captain for one of the Scottish teams? Losing Hogg must have been a big blow, but relying solely on one player isn't good enough.

England played very well, but Scotland still managed to make dents which might not be good enough against the AB's, can't let them get a look in. Will be very interesting to see both these teams next week. Ireland coming off second best will want to make amends. England will need to stay focused. Scotland will want to wreck Italy to get good PD and Italy will be fed up of everything and want to ruin anyones plan!

Well done to England! Still a good last weekend to play!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Fox Sports' cringey post-try interview with Henry Speight

Yup, I'm with you, I want to see more interviews at any opportunity, penalty kicks, try saving tackles, even interviews of players yellow carded and red carded!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

Disagree, how is telling someone not to behave like a child or like a soccer player bullying???

You say publicly shaming in front of 30k people?... I would bet my boots that Owens would say the exact same thing to two players on a windy cold Sunday morning game being spectated by one man and his dog and a bloke that has woken from his paralytic alcohol induced slumber from the night before.... Players are playing the game for their team and the shirt, not for the crowd, or the TV, or for RD... Everything else is consequential.

You mention career ending incidents, most of the fights players have are grappling and close cuddling shoving matches, if you're that pissed then throw a punch...As far as I am aware when Owens is actually punishing someone further than a penalty, he tends not to use many words... So, pissed off? Hit the guy and you won't have to endure insults...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

I'm fine and I agree with that, just so long as homosexuals don't begin sentences with "as a gay man,...."

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Werner Kok explodes as Sevuloni Mocenacagi gets sent off in Las Vegas 7s final

What's the capital of Thailand?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

I'm a little tired of the French bitching about everyone but themselves. You guys have done a pretty good job highlighting your shite discipline over the years, including but not limited to D2 - Naturally the retort will be some sort of reminiscent reminder of every other nations dark moments but I dare say French rugby as a breeding ground attracts some pretty unsavoury things, whether they're as a result of French influence on players of all nations there, or all nations there on French players will remain to be debated.

Secondly, referees costing you matches, I don't disagree the French have been on the shitty end of a few sticks, as have MANY nations, the Pacific islanders spring to mind, the RWC final in NZ being one harrowing tale of French ruin... However I seem to recall a fair few moaning Kiwis talking about some forward pass or something in the NZ V FRA match a few years prior..So perhaps like other nations, you get your fair share of shit calls that go your way!

And lastly but not least, perhaps it's best be to direct your dismay and loss of direction towards your own World XV clubs that are doing their best to bring in world class players in their twilight years to be paid obscene amounts of money, snort a bit of coke, enjoy the weather, drink some wine and slowly fade into the book of legends whilst allowing the local crowd to cheer for their as they bring home yet another trophy for a club they have very little attraction to bar the whopping paychecks...THESE are the club's that are leaving the young French prospects to fight for some sort of limelight which ultimately manifests into a rocky international team with piss poor management and ideals that involve bringing back some legend from the deep (Michalak in this case) whilst pushing aside fantastic capable players of tomorrow..

...But you're right... Nigel Owens is to blame..That I'm sure..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

Actually, I see 1010 has somewhat alluded to it, but it's a very good point, when a couple bits guys are trying to show how big and tough and manly they are, it's probably incredibly de-escalating to have a bloke like Nige to go full headmaster/school teacher and tell you to stop behaving like children.... What's the come back from that?! "Well he started it"?... Any further action or noise merely validates Owens initial statement....Best reaction is an on field legal challenge or turn the energy for your mouth and fists into points on the board instead.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

...So the referee is higher than the substitutes?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

To be fair, I began this whole thing with a sarky comment about conspiracy theories, however to answer the things you pointed out:

First video - Referees don't see everything, if there was no way of seeing the number then how could he have sent a player off? Could he have identified a player by appearance alone? No distinguishing features such as a bright scrum cap or something like that...

Second video - Looked like the Racing player was away - BUT to me it looked like he knocked it on, are referees allowed to award a try if they cock up and blow the whistle? Seems like he blew the whistle so other players could argue they didn't chase... Referees routinely get in the way, or players run close to them - so it's another thing you'd expect, whistle blow, restart.

Third video - Attempts to catch in first instant - knocks ball backwards with back of hand or wrist and into touch - harsh, but there was no way he could have caught it with the back of his hand...

Fourth video - Can't watch it, some French conspiracy has made it unavailable...

Fifth video - Kicks a bloke up the arse - Looks like Quinlan milked it, so I'd be happy for him to be carded too, but aside from what that idiot Barnes said, why wouldn't that be a yellow??

Sixth video - I'm a massive advocate of players dishing out their own punishment when being pulled or held, so I personally don't see anything wrong with a player doing it - REGARDLESS of nationality.. However Nige missed this one, you can see he looks away just before the hit - I'd say this is a touch judge at fault not him...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - The Nigel Owens quick wit compilation

Doesn't happen, it's a conspiracy theory...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago