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Brian O'Driscoll on the brink of breaking Wallaby George Gregan's Test cap record

Whats with the *'s ? Confused... Nice team though...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 7

I see people mentioning the scrums in here. I really don't have a clue right now based on the previous performances. I might have actually forgotten how good/bad they were against Ireland, but I seem to recall there being a lot of 'official talk' amongst the pundits stating how Ireland's pack were far superior to Englands, at least from an experience point of view and how Ireland were most likely going to ruin Englands scrum at every turn - But if I recall correctly this didn't happen EVERY scrum, it seemed like many went against England, but that the difference between the two packs was not as huge as predicted. I recall a few times where Ireland really ripped through the England pack, but I don't recall the England scrum being useless in comparison.

So all that being said, I think perhaps they might have a better chance in the forwards than people are giving them credit for.

The backs is going to be interesting, Roberts against Burrell? I'm surprised by the show that Burrell has put on so far, he has really shown confidence in the role and has stepped up. He might get caught out due to inexperience, but I think he probably fancies himself against Roberts.

Judging by the Ireland game, I'd say England has a very good chance. Admittedly I felt that Ireland were poor in terms of loose kicking, but even when they ran the ball, the England defence held strong, so it could be a game that comes down to kicking, in which case it could go either way, 1/2p is a great kicker and so is Farrell...

Looking forward to it... Wonder if Mike Phillips and Farrell will get into a little tussle - If MP is playing that is?!?

1 Month, 1 Week ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 7

56 international caps and 398 caps for Leicester.. Yeh, not too bad I suppose...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Brian O'Driscoll on the brink of breaking Wallaby George Gregan's Test cap record

Welcome. Yeh Parrisse is another good call, Italy would struggle to find anyone to fill his shoes - Not sure who they'll pick this weekend.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Brian O'Driscoll on the brink of breaking Wallaby George Gregan's Test cap record

Have to agree with you there Eddie, the obvious key for all the current greats among greats here is fitness. Take someone like Dan Carter for instance, he is 32 years old, has been playing for the AB's since he was 21 and has 100 caps but think of how he has been plagued with injury in the recent years (and before?) I'm sure had he remained injury free, he too would be looking at getting close to those records. Even McCaw and BOD themselves have missed out on a number of games/caps due to injury.

Dragging up some other names, Johnny Wilkinson, another 'great' plagued by injury.

I don't like to single out players in a way that makes them sound greater than the team they're playing for, but the above bunch of names are definitely the big sorts of names that are often in the limelight for the right reasons and their skills have definitely seen them come to gain a huge amount of caps.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Brian O'Driscoll on the brink of breaking Wallaby George Gregan's Test cap record

I'll hold on to my congratulations - there is still time for something to go awry, of course fingers crossed it doesn't.

Ah George Gregan, another one of those sneaky little scrum halves of old, as tenacious as any loose forward and as potentially nasty as any little Jack Russell dog, never afraid to get in the face of those far bigger than them! Never met him but he seems like a good man!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Dave Attwood's big tackles on Steve Borthwick and Mako Vunipola

What I was trying to get at, is the players landed in very similar fashion, I did mention that we'd have to treat the two incidents as 'tackles' regarding the way the players fell rather than this as a tackle and that as an off the ball hit.

It mentions in the description that the incident was at the top end of seriousness and that they took into account the aggravating factors and the players good discipline record. So some of that 10 weeks was a result of the off the ball, totally unnecessary hit, other parts of it were for the hit being a 'tip tackle', which looked very similar to this.

Anyway, we can all agree this was a cracking tackle and perfectly legal, so that's the main thing!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Dave Attwood's big tackles on Steve Borthwick and Mako Vunipola

To jump in on this, I'd agree with you there Stroudos, I think it would be grossly unfair to bring in Tuilagi to start based on his past reputation an form, over a well firing centre partnership right now, but the bench is definitely better than leaving him out altogether.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Dave Attwood's big tackles on Steve Borthwick and Mako Vunipola

My main reply was below but just to dip into that bit about the arm, all I sort of meant was, if you and a friend do a wheel barrow race, depending on arm length and your height, he could be perfectly horizontal. If he then decides not to use his arms, you'll be pushing him along on his face - so I meant in this video it seems to me there is a possibility that Borthwick held some of his own weight which allowed him to fall more favourably on the legal side of a tackle. I made a big mess in another video about 'what ifs' and how they're ridiculous, but I meant that more for judging someones punishment based on a what if, whereas here, I feel that 'if' Borthwick hadn't put his arm down, he may have landed in more of a tip tackle fashion..

Which for the record I would argue is still no more dangerous, we're talking about a matter of millimetres differences here...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Dave Attwood's big tackles on Steve Borthwick and Mako Vunipola

Interesting, I personally am in the 'tip tackles aren't dangerous but spear tackles ARE' - I know that doesn't sit right with a lot of people.

The only reason I brought up 'tip tackles' in this video is because I feel like I cannot QUITE see if he lands on the flat of his back and I know that if we want to be extremely cynical then we can argue if he lands at a 91 degree angle, rather a 90 or less then it is technically a tip tackle.

I don't want to open the can of worms surrounding a recent video - http://www.rugbydump.com/2014/02/3602/francisco-chaparro-red-carded-and-banned-for-10-weeks-for-tip-tackle#allcomments where I certainly made no friends in the comment section, but if we forget the circumstances surrounding the two 'tackles' (one did not have the ball, off the ruck etc) I don't see two landings of the players being massively different and that 'tackle' resulted in a 10 week ban.

I suppose I'm making an attempt to highlight how shamefully fragile that line is in the laws between a good dump tackle and a red card worthy tip tackle, when frankly I see not a lot of difference. (Of course as I said, we need to treat the two videos AS tackles).

Anyway, cheers guys.

Phil have to agree with you regarding Goode..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

 
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