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

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

2 Weeks, 22 Hours 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...

2 Weeks, 1 Day 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...

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

All Blacks fined for waterboy Liam Messam joining on field scuffle

$2000 is a joke if they want to make a stand...

I can see why they don't like it, you've got the potential for a 30 man brawl, it's going to be hard enough to pick it apart and see what's going on without touchline folk joining in.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Mammoth tackle as two giant Polish forwards meet in Cup Final

I'm going to bite...

Are you a grandparent softened by the joys of seeing the little 'uns staggering about in their early years?

I find it hard to believe that a front rower such as yourself, who played in the era that you did (I don't remember exactly when that was, but I know it was pre professional yes?) and be so; dare I say it, soft.....If you can possibly take that as a non offensive comment I would appreciate that because I'm not trying to be offensive, it's just all the front rows I've ever come across of the 'old era' are the kind of guys that would be wearing muzzles these days if it wasn't for the fact that they'd eaten far to many pies and pints (glass and all) throughout the years that they'd never catch anyone to actually give them a chomp....

I mean you mention the law makers etc, your 'era' was some of the dirtiest, grungiest, dogged rugby there was, and you're moaning about two forwards clattering into each other.... Granted I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of anything in the video above, (or caught in middle ground), but there has always been beasts clattering beasts...

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

James Schrader's sensational try saving tackle in the opening round of the ITM Cup

I got what you meant Dan, but as you said 'the line between being a hero and a villain' I was merely commenting on the outbursts that could have come from the connections had they happened....

We're all sitting here amazed (flabbergasted if you will) and the brilliance of that try saver, but we've seen the mountains of hate comments when something like this goes wrong...

"he could have died"...

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

England get the better of France with some great tries at Twickenham

Would you say Ford is first choice for a RWC?

It happens every time, we all get excited when the world cup comes along, but every year myself and others, end up getting cynical and asking ourselves why we look forward to it... We rarely see anything exciting in terms of play styles, it's invariably the most conservative boring games out there... Up until about 15 seconds ago, I'd have said Ford should be first choice, but then you pointed out Farrell can defend and kick... is that what's needed in a World cup?

Excuse my cynicism, I love exciting rugby as much as the next person, it's just I amaze myself how often I and everyone looks forward to exciting RWC rugby which rarely happens... Other than edge of seat "we HAVE to win" kind of stuff... (An ugly win is still a win..)

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

New Zealand hold onto Bledisloe Cup with punishing win over Australia

If you're right then thank you for educating me, I was always under the impression you were not allowed to lift a leg in a maul, but if this isn't the case then it might make things a lot easier in the future..

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

England get the better of France with some great tries at Twickenham

Totally agree with you both on the sad 'semi demise' of French rugby at the moment... The French in the past for me have always been either:
1) A great team that is on a winning streak
2) A hideously bad team that will still destroy you in the 70th minute onwards...

They've never been a guaranteed win team.. The guaranteed win games always resulted in some sort of strange upset with the French winning...

What are the views on PSA? I heard he's off after the RWC, is this a good thing for France? I feel he's done them a terrific injustice with not picking FTD and Parra... at least picking them would give France a decent high percentage winning platform to start experimenting off...

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

England get the better of France with some great tries at Twickenham

I was surprised by May and Goode.. I think Goode played very well. May had dancing feet and gained some yards, but I can't help feel he is a little bit of a fish out of water. Seems he's got some mega skills that translate into something very real on the pitch, but he's really lacking in something else.. some player awareness of those players around him? Actually it seems to me he's got that skill that some people have in club rugby where they can dance and weave around everyone so they go a bit one man army and ignore those around. I think May has done it in the past where he has looked a bit greedy and not given it when he should have done - not sure about this game though.

Burgess did well, but again he looks lacking in that sort of 'natural centre' kind of attributes... Someone (probably Bath coach) described him as playing like a back row in the backs... (strange that... being a bath back row player...).. and I do somewhat agree, he has the pace, he has good ball control and he has the defence... but there is that sort of missing 'gift' that us forwards don't seem to possess that 'you' backs do...

Clarks card did seems soft, but then, grab the neck and you run that risk... so maybe it's a fair call - further details on Clark are below Reality...

The trip... idk, looked to me that a fair innocuous incident, could be deemed as clumsy/reckless if it was needed to be looked at, but I don't think it's worth the time looking at, nor the yellow/red that would ensue... that being said, the replays were very short and I'd be happy to look at it again.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago