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Waratahs win Super Rugby title after nail-biting thriller with the Crusaders

Don't want to start any arguments, but I just feel that the Wallabies are lacking in strength up front. I think they have brilliant ability all round and their back row can be monstrous in both skill and/or size, but I still get the impression; perhaps incorrectly, that they get pushed about a bit up front.

A bit too black and white, but you can almost look at it like, the backs score 2 tries for every 1 the pack gives away - This is not a fact nor any statistic; that I know of, but I find it highlights how the Aussies can still win a game that their forwards don't appear to do too well in.

Wish them all the best, wouldn't mind seeing Cooper back in again though.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Waratahs win Super Rugby title after nail-biting thriller with the Crusaders

Wouldn't be so hasty yet. Still things like the quad nations, autumn internationals and indeed the RWC for NZ to lose before they can truly be said to be on a downward spiral...

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Waratahs win Super Rugby title after nail-biting thriller with the Crusaders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twn2VceaI8E

...wait... McCaw actually got penalised?

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3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

Different kettle of fish, but a team I used to play for had a short flanker, he was fast as hell and bloody strong too. He had to be under 5'10 - tackled like a demon and always hit hard, rarely did he go back when tackling.

Like I said, this is a bit different - amateur vs pro, but there is some key ingredient some of these gems have.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

It's be interesting to find out who the lightest player is/was in the pro era (I'm picking pro era because before that will make things very complicated).

Gio Aplon is probably quite high on the 'light list'.

Wonder if it'd be stringer at 73kg?

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

I agree with the sentiment, but there is still the likes of Heinrich Brussow who is *just* under 5'11, but I believe he is very much an exception to the rule.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

To be fair 7 foot 10 isn't particularly small...

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

I think top 5 is an awfully 'small' (haha) number as there are so many small great players, Dominici being one of them!

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

U19 player slots a mammoth 80m+ kick at training

Yes and no. Yes early on as the game starts up, no once those players behaving cynically have been yellow and then red carded.

Decreasing the value of a penalty kick would not change the fact the referee still has 2 cards in his pocket to use. Kill the ball 2 times 'in the red zone' and you'll most likely receive a yellow, this has always been the case, continue to do so and the referee can award a red. So whilst you may expect to see a rise in 'crimes', you could on the flip side expect to see the use of more cards, which would in turn reduce the amount of 'crimes' to the same level as they are now and promote the 'victim' team to go for the corner, rather than the posts.

Of course as you've correctly highlighted, this does more for the offending teams than it does for the angels, but all in all, the world might see a game which does not hugely rely on racking up points from the boot of one player.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

U19 player slots a mammoth 80m+ kick at training

Ah, yeh, as for roids, not interested. I've heard all the usual anti-roid horror stuff from those who would never touch them and all the pro roid stuff from those who regularly use them and none of it particularly grips me. The only thing that did get my attention was an ex-roid user told me how he had a dumbell in his hand and his wife said dinner was going to be a bit late and he launched the dumbell which went through a wall.. he said that was the end of roids right there and luckily not his relationship!!! or wifes life...

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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