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Northland prop Matt Talaese red carded and banned for full time charge

Because Talaese admitted guilt, is he not admitting that he willingly chose to run his 130kg frame shoulder first into the face of a vulnerable player???

Clean disciplinary record could be something to take into account, but this admission of guilt malarky in any of these scenarios is utter rubbish..

1 Week, 17 Hours ago

Scotland grind out victory with late try against Italy in Turin

Does Italy have the choice though? I don't know one way or the other so I'm relying on others inputs, but from I gather through the years of watching them struggle in the 6N Italy has had very little player depth. They lose their 10 and they spend the next 5 years focussing on finding a 10 and ignoring every other position...

1 Week, 1 Day ago

France convincing winners over England despite late comeback in Paris

More Lancasters words than mine...

1 Week, 1 Day ago

France convincing winners over England despite late comeback in Paris

There is still a bit of time. In the interview with Lancaster the reporter asked him whether some of the names which were inked in are now a little (um faded?) less inked in, (can't remember the wording), Lancaster confirmed that, but from his sounding; at least in a diplomatic interview way, it did still sound like he hadn't written anyone off yet.

But, the danger is Billy showed how dangerous he can be when his head is either not in it, or he is being outplayed.

It would be interesting if these warm up matches could have an unlimited bench with rolling subs... I know it would make for awkward watching and probably a bit of a ridiculous moment, but I almost feel it would be worth playing Billy again to see how he performs with his head screwed on, but you also don't want to give away game time from your first choice by assuming he is so good he doesn't need the warm up matches..

1 Week, 2 Days ago

France convincing winners over England despite late comeback in Paris

Mr T. - Gold!

1 Week, 2 Days ago

France convincing winners over England despite late comeback in Paris

Really nice to see Cipriani make an impact. I've always had an appreciation for him.. he got a bit ahead of himself when he first came on the scene, but then I felt he was given a raw deal, he came onto the scene whilst England was still hunting for their next Jonny Wilkinson and naturally as a fresh faced 'kid' he wasn't able to live up to the name of a well seasoned world best and the UK media seemed to screw him at every opportunity. I feel he has really shown his commitment to the game and hasn't commanded any limelight. His post match interviews (although like most it's a bit sort of cue card answers) seem to be very modest and he actually seems scared to over inflate himself ahead of showing what he can actually do.

On the England side of things, this is a bit worrying, this was their 'better' team than last week and it didn't work. I don't know whether it just so happened France are better in some places, or England were rusty in those places, but certainly worrying times and head scratching times for Mr Lancaster...

...On the subject of Lancaster - what a bloody likeable bloke, his post match interviews are brilliant, he is pleasant, calm, collected and doesn't snap at reporters which although may ask stupid questions, are only doing their jobs.

As for France, they seemed to play with a lot of brute force and determination. Not sure if they're going to be the same bunch next time they play.. I suppose it depends on the wind direction, humidity and alignment of the planets... amongst many other variables! - But good show this week!

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Rayno Benjamin's sneaky trip gets cautioned before he commits a blooper of note

Better to be tripped than kicked in the spuds...

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Some of the greatest amateur rugby hits and collisions of all time

1:08 did the tackler get a red card for spearing himself?

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Rayno Benjamin's sneaky trip gets cautioned before he commits a blooper of note

This guy is insightful (man on video) but I think he needs to work on his confidence in the delivery, sort of stumbled a little with his words and made it a bit overly dry to listen to.

That all being said from a guy that isn't a fan of public speaking himself...

1 Week, 5 Days ago

All Blacks fined for waterboy Liam Messam joining on field scuffle

I don't think 3rd man in should always be a red card, rarely in fact... I can see why, but when you look at this "brawl" I'd say it's 100% pushing and shoving, no one is swinging. The majority of "brawls" these days involve a large number of people trying to separate the whole lot, not get involved...

I personally believe the reason players rush in these days is to stop their own lads getting themselves into trouble...

1 Week, 6 Days ago