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Eddie Jones reflects on Brad Shields and other England squad selections

Similar to yourself, in that I was born in one country to mixed heritage parents, then lived in another until my teens, then moved to a 3rd country, now back in country of birth....I could player for 5 of the 6 nations teams based on parents/grandparents, and that's not even considering countries outside of those...

#whoami?

Very hard to be the judge on the matter. I noticed with Ireland recently fielding Bundee Aki, the matter was really highlighted against Irish folk, stereotypically, ginger hair, very pale and generally has a name which is easily assumed as Irish - has an O' in front of it, or they're called Paddy, or something equally stereotypical. So when a bloke takes to the field who has a sort of year round tan, and a name that perhaps doesn't 'fit the mould' as well as say CJ Stander - born in SA, Jamie Heaslip - born in Israel who are both white etc, it gets people talking. It's not a racism thing, it's a comfort thing. No one is racist, but if you know a white guy and his white wife and they have a black child - you may have some questions about the whole thing that perhaps you should or shouldn't ask.

So again, who can judge this? Heaslips dad was in the military, so he was born overseas but moved back at a young age, should he be excluded? Stander has a much thicker portfolio in the country of his birth, but should he choose to leave that country and really well and truly adopt the Irish way, because he's always dreamed of living there, paying taxes there etc, should he be excluded? Or should a guy who missed the boat in his career in his home grown country trying out for another nation by residency be excluded too?

Really hard to be the decider in the whole matter...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Fullback runs straight into a brick wall in new US rugby competition

Ugh, always the little guys that cause the issues.

I remember years ago, being around 16stone playing flanker and ending up in a two on one, scrum half had the ball and I decided that I'm sure to lose the 2v1, but it was a good time to ruin his day, totally legal but I caught him so sweetly that somewhere along the line some part of his leg (foot or knee) caught me on the shin JUST below my knee, I thought I'd broken my leg, he left the field, I hobbled around for a fair time before eventually being able to put a decent amount of weight on it to carry on..! Jeez it was painful!

Memory tells me the other 1 was caught by a covering tackle... But I was in so much agony I couldn't give a hoot if they'd scored 2-3 tries in that one move!

Glad both players in this video were ok! Lovely legal hit.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Prop Logovi'i Mulipola lines up conversion in last game with Tigers

Sorry, not sure what happened with that first link of the not Jon Welsh effort: https://youtu.be/mUbIixtKajU

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1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Prop Logovi'i Mulipola lines up conversion in last game with Tigers

I searched on YouTube and this (NOT JON WELSH) came up, I thought it was awesome so had to share anyway:
httpsutu.be/mUbIixtKajU

Here is the Jon Welsh effort:
http://sport.bt.com/video/newcastle-prop-attempts-outrageous-chip-and-chase-91364130955486

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Emotional scenes as Aurélien Rougerie calls time on extraordinary 19-year career

I like the way the article highlights his loyalty to Clermont.. I know the world is a different place to the old old days, so you can't expect a team to field it's own homegrown local area folk these days, but it's nice when a player sticks with a team and they can become a sort of local talisman..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Prop Logovi'i Mulipola lines up conversion in last game with Tigers

Poor Matt Dunning... I had to rewatch that video today to see how far it was, it was a hell of a drop goal! Probably one of the best/worst moments of his career

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Emotional scenes as Aurélien Rougerie calls time on extraordinary 19-year career

Yeh I get what you mean... But saying something along the lines of "not sure about true gentleman because of gouging, maybe part time gentleman" isn't quite the same as homophobic bully and criminal psycho...

On the other side of the coin, I personally didn't think Bastareauds comment was what I'd label homophobic in the sense that he was not bashing a gay man, he was using a negative slur.. and being rude to someone who you've just had a disagreement with is something we're all probably guilty of, so come his time, it will be "oh remember THAT time he said xyz".. but the majority of people will not be phased (one would hope)... However poking someone in the eye is perhaps something that will be more damning as I assume the majority of folk is against that particular type of indescretion...

Maybe Oliver's french flair got the better of him.. perhaps a "not the time or place, let's have a nice send off page" would have gone down better...

#takethehighroad

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Emotional scenes as Aurélien Rougerie calls time on extraordinary 19-year career

He wasn't entirely negative about Rougerie until pushed, his initial comment burshed the incident and given the guy is retiring, it doesn't give one much chance to mention it again..

Tbh imagine if Calum Clark has a spotless shining career from now on... Everybody's still remember him as that dickhead who purposely hyper extended a blokes arm.

Had Rougerie had a punch up, I doubt anyone would have much of an issue, but personally the video footage is a bit damning for that one action..

But I can see your points...

Can't we all just get along? Xx

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Emotional scenes as Aurélien Rougerie calls time on extraordinary 19-year career

That escalated quick...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Emotional scenes as Aurélien Rougerie calls time on extraordinary 19-year career

They may have been getting read to head for a lineout there but if you pause at 0:23 they're all standing over the 15 m line, so they've not yet formed the lineout...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago