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New Zealand beat England to fifth Under 20s World Championship title

"Prolly"? Really?

2 Months, 1 Week ago

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

...As someone who sincerely hopes this sort of thing would never get pinged, I hope you're right that I'm way off the mark...

2 Months, 1 Week ago

A fascinating look, and listen, at Christian Lealiifano mic'd up during a match

Interesting 'incident' (non incident) at 1:55 with that high ball.

Looks to be totally fair, attacking player was running to catch and CL jumped to catch, but the collision was awkward he almost landed awkwardly and the attacking player immediately signalled he didn't mean to do that, and again signalled to the referee.

I don't know how it played out, but I'm glad it wasn't immediately pinged. I'm hoping the new laws will continue to correctly assess these areas. Reminds me a lot of an article I posted a link to a while ago about jumpers taking some responsibility for their own safety.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Referees to get stricter as tackle and scrums laws amended

Kuz, not sure where to start really;

I guess I agreee with most of what you've written, but that "Clever move by England"?

If you've actually watched any rugby over the last season or so, you'd see that competing for the high ball has been the most ridiculous farce we've had for a long long time. Players have been rightfully competing for the ball and have had to walk off the pitch following a red or yellow card. What I believe the new law changes have done, is help to fairly police that. I think the majority of competitions in recent years have been extremely fair and have not warranted any cards, so we'll see if it actually makes any difference to anyone...

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Richie McCaw reveals his secrets in this excellent Breakdown Masterclass

Are we talking best in terms of penalty count?

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

A fascinating look, and listen, at Christian Lealiifano mic'd up during a match

....who said anything about wanting the Aussies to actually win?!?!?

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Andrew Horrell feels Malakai Fekitoa's full force in Super Rugby playoff

As with Liam below, when you have the extra weight you've also got bonus attributes, however you can still get KO'd regardless.

It is all a bit of a moot point as neither concussion nor KO, happened here and everyone came out a winner, apart from Horrell I suppose.

Just re watched the video, and it looks like Fekitoa is coming across slightly, rather than it being more head on, so I suppose if he'd put his head on the other side the impact may not have been as fantastic as his body wouldn't be behind it..

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Andre Esterhuizen and Robert du Preez both suspended for tip tackles

Whilst card colours may not be clear Stroudos, these evidently warranted red cards, as suggested by the fact the players were banned...

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

A fascinating look, and listen, at Christian Lealiifano mic'd up during a match

Yes yes yes!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Andrew Horrell feels Malakai Fekitoa's full force in Super Rugby playoff

Gonna be a buzzkill again...

As wonderful a tackle this was, his head was on the wrong side... Obviously legally it makes no difference, but health wise it's not a good sign... Was he sort of wrong footed? Is there a new technique I'm unaware of where players are encouraged to get a face full of ball to stop an offload?

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago