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Could Matt Giteau hold the key to Australian World Cup success?

Totally agree, I mean 'Beast', JP Pieterson, Habana (more?) were not picked due to their colour, they were picked due to their skills (I believe)...

So credit was given where credit is due. I totally agree with your comment about players picked because of their colour.. I mean who really wants to be given the sympathy card. You're picked because we're up to 6 skillful black players, but we need one more, you're not really good enough, but you're black. Interestingly though, they didn't say how many whites in the team? I mean 7 non whites, well what if you pick 8 non whites, is that deemed wrong?

Like you said, hearts are in the right places, but it's certainly not the best move.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 8 of Super Rugby

Was Horwill red carded for hitting his own player in the face/forehead or the swinging arm on the opposition player... or both?

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth slap one another while smiling

You reckon a World XV at the moment would feature Etsebeth?

I'm not sure who I'd have as second row and I haven't thought about a World XV in a while, but EE wouldn't have been an obvious choice :/

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Julian Savea and Eben Etsebeth slap one another while smiling

Why because he's bigger than everyone else?

What about the likes of Peter Stringer, he used to put the boot in on many players on the ground.... Bully?

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Get Excited For The Rugby World Cup, Less Than Six Months To Go

Hahaha. That's a pretty poor song choice...

I suppose "It's a victory for rugby" to have such a wealth of international players on the scene etc..

Got to admit the RWC does give us a overwhelming dose of excuses - injured players, beat you earlier, beat you after, beat the team that beat you...even though we lost.. etc..

Medals for all..

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Massive schoolboy hit from new Edinburgh signing Nasi Manu in 2006

Interesting actually. I thought the tackle was brilliant, 'imposed himself' on the player during play, but that 'afters' was a bit pathetic... It's what you expect to happen when two players have been desperately disagreeing, they're also normally fairly evenly matched.

Doesn't look good to see a big 8 doing that to a stringy winger.. especially considering the winger didn't seem to even notice the hit...

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Could Matt Giteau hold the key to Australian World Cup success?

Sorry, I will add that although I stand by my previous comments, simply saying "we will always have 7 non whites in every team" is bloody ridiculous...

Imagine the look on 'Beasts' face when they say, well we have 6 players selected, now it would appear the only non injured black guy is a 5'8" centre who weighs 65kg's, sorry JDV looks like you're out...

"not a quota system" - my ARSE!

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Could Matt Giteau hold the key to Australian World Cup success?

As you said, it's a different matter (although I'd say only slightly)..

The thing is though, I think that perhaps the politics that are ruining the game on one hand, are also saving it on the other...

Maybe they're holding the game back from evolving, but if the evolution process ends up with it being anyway like football/soccer, then I'm sort of all for it...

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Could Matt Giteau hold the key to Australian World Cup success?

I'm with Dave on this one...

Toulon are already gobbling up more than their fair share.

Interesting part of not going down that route is that you get players that are used to playing together: 9,10 partnerships, 12,13 partnerships etc...

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Ulster's Nick Williams suspended for 8 weeks for striking Rhys Patchell

But I disagree with the laws for amateurs... amongst laws there are crossing rules, there are knock on rules, accidental offsides, offsides etc... If every amateur game was adhered to, the game would die out. Surely you've had those referees that blow for everything and those that equally allow the game to flow?

To counter your criminal law point and it's relation to rugby. You can stand over a body with a smoking gun and you'll get arrested on suspicion of murder - red card... You'll be interviewed - video angles, pundits, citing commissioners.. you'll then be charged - in rugby this would be a citing... you then get to stand in front of a court - or disciplinary panel...

The court will hear all the evidence and may indeed decide that whilst you did not want to murder someone, you did indeed kill them, maybe it was in self defence, but should you have been carrying the gun? No? Well then, not murder, but manslaughter - therefore not deliberate act of foul play, but reckless...

My argument was not I don't want to see players injured in later life, it's that I don't want to see someone ending up in a wheel chair through what is deemed illegal play. Someone a while ago sent you a link about a stamp on Dodie Weirs knee which took him out of the Lions tour - Illegal act and the poor bloke had a career damaging injury. Scrums can cause injury, as can innocuous tackles - Thom Evans broke his neck in a non event sort of incident. So dangers are out there in normal play, but the point should be to limit the dangers out there as best they can.

I think all of us will have niggles in the future from rugby (if not already) purely down to the nature of the game, it can be expected. Most motorcyclists have a story of at least one time they've fallen off... we've all got a twinge, pull, break story of our own. I'd like to think thats the extent, last thing I want is to be kicked in the face, poleaxed etc etc.. those aren't part of the game I signed up for..

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