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Ma'a Nonu's bumps off Colin Slade with massive charge

Definitely, some of the worst injuries I've had have been as a result of messing around not being focussed - Physical contact in training is by far one of the worst parts of rugby in my opinion. I have found there is this 50/50 game you play with yourself when it comes to training contact. Being 6'6" and in excess of 100kg's and being reasonably quick getting off the line, one has to make decisions in training in order to benefit the 'opposition' (other members of the team) when they are caught in the perfect spot for a big hit - There is no point lining up our own 10 and smashing him; I'm not going to get any brownie points for leaving him staggering around, so you end up checking yourself, not working 100% and potentially leaving yourself to get knocked when that same 10 decides he is going to go into a tackle 100%....of course... this is all presuming I catch the little bugger!

I fortunately have never had any big breaks - fingers, toes, a rib and my nose are the extent, but I can't imagine what a leg break would put my mind through, especially as these things take a huge amount of time for recovery.

Rugby is such a brilliant community, I do enjoy seeing the way players and separate teams can come together and look at the bigger picture.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Ma'a Nonu's bumps off Colin Slade with massive charge

Hahaha, probably the only 'friendly' community that congregates weekly to beat 7 shades of **** out of each other....

3 Months, 1 Week ago

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

I'd love to see Scotland improve, I remember watching the very last 5 nations as a kiddy and seeing Scotland win it. I suppose it was the days of Townsend, Paterson (in his prime) etc, all guns appeared to be blazing, they've never quite recovered. If Scotland did lose their places what could the SRU do? I hope Cotter can do something, but then it comes to a point where the players have to take over and do the rest of the hard work. I think under Scott Johnson they made a lot of improvements to their penalty count. Not entirely Andy Robinsons fault, but Scotlands penalty count was sometimes AWFUL, it could bring one to tears to see how hard they worked they way up the field to the opposition 22, then Jim Hamilton decides it's a good idea to do something daft and gets them sent back to the dark ages....

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Ma'a Nonu's bumps off Colin Slade with massive charge

Playing against Nonu, or getting clocked by him, you'd probably bite through the blooming gumshield...

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Ma'a Nonu's bumps off Colin Slade with massive charge

Sorry, that's "best of luck regarding the blog AND the recovery!"

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Ma'a Nonu's bumps off Colin Slade with massive charge

Nasty injury, best of luck regarding the blog. I think Stroudos is right, you'd be great at it.

As for the comments above about eyebrows and colourful boots, I'm not sure about the eyebrow part, but if I think about it, I suppose you're right, they do play a huge part in expression. BUT, then colourful boots side of things, you could be partially right with that, but the main reason for colourful boots is that it's a well known fact that they make you run faster...

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Dunedin Streaker gets Smashed by Security Guard Number Eight

I think Number11 summed it up quite well, I agree with what he's written. I do think this was potentially 'over the top' and of course the bloke could have had a nasty back injury as a result, however, what I didn't like to see was the afters side of things, the headlock etc. I understand the bloke shouldn't have been streaking in the first place, but it is; in some respects, harmless fun (for us watching, I doubt the this guy would agree!). It's almost a sort of half time sport, seeing streakers standing up security guards with great steps and in turn seeing them get smashed, but as I said, that headlock afters stuff was not something I thought was necessary.

Of course I could be wrong, but who here would go out streaking and not expect to potentially be smashed? (other than this guy!) - so it's fair to say the type of chap that goes streaking and gets smashed is not going to be the sort of bloke that then takes umbrage and will end up scrapping the security guard surely? Anyway I'm glad everyone involved is ok, I just hope maybe someone has a quiet word and urges the security chap to restrain his choking technique somewhat...

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Three streakers at once during Chiefs vs Hurricanes game

Cruden does appear to be...um...very interested....

Thanks for the link to the Dunedin hit, that was brutal!

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

Aside from you dislike of forwards fanning out (which they've always done), I'll focus more on the point at hand - Misconduct!

I personally believe the game has become softer in the violence aspect. Players are indeed bigger, stronger, heavier, so no doubt the game has become "harder" in the everyday collisions, but you replied to the Arwel Thomas video I posted, which showed a distinct lack of interest by the referee's and a different attitude by the commentators. So I think the levels of misconduct have changed, where before stamping on someones head might have been a good decision, now you're likely to get strung up as a result of a camera seeing you do it. That being said, there is still going to be some incidents, take Andy Hazells outburst last year? Early this year?

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

I get where you're coming from, but surely in our game this instance is very low on the headbutt incidents. I'd say rugby is trying to avoid incidents like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOivzoRc0I8 (not rugby)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-3UbAPs5As (different code)

And ofcourse the dreaded Ansbro v Strokosch incident...

..any jokes aside, I find this is not exactly a 'big deal' I suppose it is easier for the officials to treat a headbutt as a headbutt... but remember that age old video of the Tom James headbutt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rJrZdhtJQ4

Is THAT really a headbutt? or is there somewhere in the laws that can provide referee's with the ability to use their heads and also Nigel Owens sound clips, for instance "This is not soccer" "you're both acting very immature" etc etc

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3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

 
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