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Dropped Teddy Thomas shows dazzling feet in Racing 92 win over La Rochelle

I don't think TD "never really cut it at international level", I think he never got the opportunities that would be offered to someone if his talent...

I also disagree that they shouldn't be bringing back the old heads, I think it's precisely what they should be doing so that somebody somewhere in the team knows what winning feels like...if they can get a couple wins under their belts it might count as a reset for them...

France issues (amongst many) seem to be something like picking a conservative strategy, then picking flair players... Or picking conservative players then giving them a flair strategy...someone needs to do something right for once and if that means using the OAP's to get the ball rolling then I say why not?

3 Days, 9 Hours ago

Dropped Teddy Thomas shows dazzling feet in Racing 92 win over La Rochelle

With France struggling at the moment, this match against Italy could be just what they need. They've brought in some older heads with T-D, to sort of mop up should anything go awry...

But then it is France...so they could win easy by 50 points...or lose just as easily...

3 Days, 14 Hours ago

World Rugby admit that the wrong decision was made at Twickenham

That's impossible... You can't want the game to improve on one hand, but then want it to stay 'crappy' on another...

There will be hundreds of people like you and hundreds of people with the opposite views.

Look at the rest of the internet, people calling for Hawkeye for rugby etc...

This is all falling down to opinion on what is acceptable... Is it acceptable that this could happen in the 79th minute of a RWC final? (Or not this incident, but similar efforts?) Do we chalk it down to "meh, well, your next game which is just a friendly you might get a call go your way?"

Personally I thought the game was great when I started playing, we've had a few decent tweaks since I guess.... Scrums seem slightly better these days... But there has been a lot of changes brought in... Punishments for things these days I didn't consider noteworthy, let alone punishable .. but we're going down that route now, why should I let my 'old head' get in the way of what is deemed by those supposedly in the know, as 'progress'?

Rugby referees have aired their dirty laundry for all to see, this is not something that would have happened 10-15 yrs ago, so we're already making good 'progress'...

5 Days, 1 Hour ago

Suspension avoided despite this bad case of Faf de Klerk petulance

Maybe the referee had a date???

6 Days, 9 Hours ago

Australia adopts guidelines to enhance safety and minimize mismatches

"one summer of that and you will be in the shape of your life."

Or will feel like you're in cardiac arrest and decide that perhaps being a forward in 15's is where your future lies...

1 Week, 12 Hours ago

Australia adopts guidelines to enhance safety and minimize mismatches

He has some awareness you're right, but I sort of view this video like watching someone shadow box... They can look brilliant against nobody... But who knows what they'll look like against an equally matched opponent...

He side steps sure, but a lot of those kids look as committed to the tackle as a club prop to a non alcoholic beer... And looking at the size mismatch, I can't say I blame them...

1 Week, 20 Hours ago

A look at England and Georgia's epic scrum training session

Yeah!!!! Or we could not...

1 Week, 23 Hours ago

Australia adopts guidelines to enhance safety and minimize mismatches

*dropped phone.. meant to delete "rather than just"... *Rolls eyes*

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Australia adopts guidelines to enhance safety and minimize mismatches

10/10 I think we've discussed the failures of club rugby and it's old large coaches preaching smashing rather than tactical aversion and offloads etc.. I think one of the big issues in club rugby is the attitude with some of those who play... I remember coming through the U13's sort of ages and there were beardy sort of children who took great pleasure in 'dominating' the little ones of us (myself included) just because; I guess they were bullies and it made them feel good... But all this did was knock confidence of the less developed lot (myself included!)... You sort of think, "yeh, great you can run through us all, perhaps help us work on tackle techniques etc, rather than giving yourself kudos points"...

...I had the benefits of getting growth spurts and filling out, but some guys never did so much...

As team mates (looking back now), players would be much better assisting their less able team mates in improving their tackling techniques/confidence/abilities, rather than just

1 Week, 1 Day ago

A look at England and Georgia's epic scrum training session

That looks like a hell of a training session! Would love to know the stats if any were kept, seemed in the early stages that Georgia was getting a good drive on, England seemed to hold it for a while then they crumbled on a couple of occasions, would be awesome to know the rulings overall on the scrums.

Also wonder if it was all very friendly or whether any tempers somewhat flared? Played a few training matches in club rugby between 1sts, 2nds, 3rds etc and occasionally tempers flare a bit...

1 Week, 1 Day ago