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Ben Botica inexplicably kicks the ball away as Harlequins attempt late comeback in final

Ballkick-gate..... The latest rugby controversy....

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Sila Puafisi red carded after clearing out Kieran Marmion with his head

Is it said "cock womble"? Or is it more of a "co-quomble"...

So she can call you a cock in front of the kids without them using their sponge like abilities to soak up all the wrong words??

Reference Hugo vs Monkey on the car....

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Fascinating Nigel Owens chat about respect, his attempted suicide and more

....kinda like Steve Walsh... :/

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Fascinating Nigel Owens chat about respect, his attempted suicide and more

Yup, I'm with Dan here.

Also it's a fantastic example of acceptance, especially when you consider the somewhat 'macho' image of 'the rugby player', yet they all listen to Owens and have on average, a huge amount of respect for him as an official.... and quite frankly, don't appear to give a shit about his sexual orientation.

I suppose what I'm getting at is that if you can be seen in the public eye in the manliest of all sports, and no player or indeed fans, appear to call you names as a result, then you know you have a huge amount of support.

Like it or not, referees are part of our game and I consider them as part of rugby as much as I consider new team mates I don't know...

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Fans and players involved in crazy fight at full time in Argentina

Interesting how yesterdays video of Nigel Owens talking about respect etc is completely contrary to todays video....

scary...

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Fans and players involved in crazy fight at full time in Argentina

Bloody French..

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Referee checks TMO twice for Chris Henry's controversial try

Does your computer come with speakers?

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Referee checks TMO twice for Chris Henry's controversial try

Try stands and penalty restart against Biggar for arguing with the referee.....

Or alternatively, Try awarded, Biggar argues, Try overruled, Best argues, Try reawarded, Biggar argues, try overruled, Bes....... you see how this goes....

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Quade Cooper will not be playing 7s for Australia at the Olympics

You're right, but to me I've gone from growing up throwing a ball round in a touch/sevens loose play scenario, and bringing that into 15's....

So almost to me, I played the boys game, then came into 15's which I saw as a bigger, tougher, more aggressive game... so boy to manhood kind of thing.

I never really played 7's as an adult. Of course, all of my thinking is complete BS, however it was sort of ingrained. Plus you end up watch tri nations, or 6 nations, there is never a 7's tri nations or 6N on 'normal tv'... so again, you're given this false reality that it is somewhat less of a game. Where in fact, it's just less publicised by mainstream media, in comparison to 15's..

I do agree though that whilst there are many compatible attributes that can be transferred from one game to the other, it is still another ball game altogether.

Interestingly though, your description 1010... "the loosest" is the perfect description of what makes Cooper sound like such a good player to involve given he somewhat resembles a lumbering giraffe - or a mad octopus and his steps are fantastic, his offloads are lovely... but his downfall is the clinically accurate part..

3 Weeks, 23 Hours ago

Quade Cooper will not be playing 7s for Australia at the Olympics

You're definitely right Dan. Under rating 7's players is something I must say I've been guilty of doing. Not purposely, or even obviously, but I guess it's more down to the coverage that 7's receives, and the fact that where I grew up, 7's was the closest to what we used to play as a great way to piss about and have a bit of fun.... no one was interested in picking up a ball and having a full blown game of 15's.... plus we didn't have the numbers etc. So I wrongly associate it with childhood chuckabout... which is clearly is not. Then there is the fact that all the tournaments are 90% in the sunshine where fans can have a good piss up...

Plus there is the age of thing about which sport is better, Soccer, American Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League etc, and 7's sort of doesn't seem to come into it...

But as you said, it's wonderful in some ways that a world class 15's player can't "waltz in" and shove an aspiring 7's player out of position just because Coopers got some rugby history. Obviously not wonderful for Cooper, but it's a respectful sign in some ways.

3 Weeks, 1 Day ago