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Donncha O'Callaghan banned for two weeks for kick to head

Not defending this or anything, but just putting this out there: what was the other players disciplinary record like?

With everyone else, I cannot see a difference, in fact I think if there is going to be any bans etc, then DOC should have the bigger one because it was not picked up in game and punished in game...

Either way it's no surprise that the IRB (oh wait, it's called '14 year old renames IRB' now isn't it?) anyway, no surprise they can't get consistency right.. I suppose that didn't change with the name...

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

IRPA Try of the Year 2014 awarded to Francois Hougaard and the Springboks

Thought it was some new saying or something, maybe a modern version of yorkishire(?) 'by gum'.

"He deserves the plaudits by gum, because he was involved..."

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Sam Burgess makes his rugby union debut in Bath win over Harlequins

I personally don't like all the hype surrounding Burgess... He's a young guy who will be joining a large squad, the squad will be whittled down to 15 players at any given time and unless all those other players are firing Burgess will become another 'nobody'. I can see it now, he gets a starting spot, England as a whole play a bit s**t, Burgess plays 'ok' but not great and then the whole nation gets deflated and throws him on the scrap heap.

There is a lot of talk on here about SBW, NZ appear to do extremely well without him, he's one player, but he's not THE player. I think there is too much hype being landed on Burgess and too much unfair expectation. Remember Ashton; regardless of your opinions on his attitude, he is/was a good player, ran hard, found gaps etc, but the second he gets a bit of a trademark "'ash splash' always scoring tries" kind of thing going on, it becomes expected... "What?! He played and he didn't score a try? useless, get rid of him"... Admittedly he was not playing well in a few aspects of his game, but the constant attention can't have helped.

Read a very interesting article on England on BBC, it mentions that sometimes selections are a bit 'unfair', one extract about how a misfiring Farrell potentially screwed up someone elses international career: "Kyle Eastmond was thrown in at inside centre against the best two sides in the world when Farrell inside him was struggling to keep his head above water. When his Bath team-mate Ford came in, he was gone from the squad."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/30264033


3 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Sam Burgess makes his rugby union debut in Bath win over Harlequins

Could have done some damage had it connected: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktG2aOEwNgk

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3 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Sam Burgess makes his rugby union debut in Bath win over Harlequins

I'm with reality here, it'd probably be a flailing borefest...

3 Weeks, 1 Day ago

WIN a copy of Rugby Union Team Manager 2015!

Like I don't already have enough distractions...

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Great sportsmanship from 19 year old Portuguese 7's player vs Fiji

Perhaps browners comment is slightly lost in translation. Perhaps Portugal is more developed in the rugby world than he gives credit, however I must admit it's rare to hear of any players in the French teams, UK, Ireland, club teams or in the Southern Hemisphere, also one would expect Scotland/Italy, to go into the matches feeling very confident about beating Portugal, so that is probably where 'developing' comes from.

In terms of the rest of his comment, it appears on face value that his comment is very tongue in cheek. Look at many professional players now, diving, feigning injury, etc etc, he is saying if Belo wants to progress then he'll sadly have to lose his integrity etc. Perhaps this is not 100% true, however judging by todays game, it isn't exactly too far from the truth...

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Great sportsmanship from 19 year old Portuguese 7's player vs Fiji

Sad but true, definitely unfortunate to see the need to win become greater than the ethos of the game.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Makes perfect sense... how many times have you heard people say: "you going to training on ___day?" followed by "umm, I dunno, same old sh*t really"...

Ever found it's the training sessions where the coach mixes things up a bit which are the ones that leave you absolutely wrecked but feeling well and truly satisfied, you've done something new, you've worked out a new move, you've learnt something you didn't know you could do...

I personally get more satisfaction from pre training touch than I often do in the main training.. I'm a second row back row... call a lineout code for me and I'll jump and catch the ball... I'll do it all damn training session and get 99.99% of catches...Get a coach to pitch 1st against 2nd or something like that, and you'll get a real work. I can ruck, I can maul, I can scrum etc.. training those skills are important, but doesn't the management want to see what happens when I'm stuck out wide and someone throws me the ball? Do I tuck it up and go headfirst, or do I open my eyes and look for support, gaps, pass opportunities, opportunities to chip overhe-maybe not...

I think we all know basic skills are key, but unless you mix things up, you'll always find a team that can out do you on the basics and leave you with nothing left to offer...

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

You can imagine the pre match talks from Hansen:

"Richie, for fuck sake, they're cottoning onto you being invisible, do something stupid for a while and stop CATCHING the ball!!!"

"Dan, throw a couple interceptions and miss the damn goal for once, I'm trying to do something here and your passing is wrecking it for me!"

"The rest of you, well you're the B team anyway, just do whatever you normally do, it's not good enough to get into my 1st team anyway, so it must be shit enough!"

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

 
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