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Beast Mtawarira open handed slap earns him ten minutes in the cooler

21 seconds maybe?

I agree now you mention it, seems like there was some sort of contact from someone the beasts head - like you said his head sort of rattles..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Taqele Naiyaravoro banned for taking out Beauden Barrett in the air

If I'm honest, this looked to me like a brain fart decision...

1. He identified Barrett.
2. Saw Barrett Jump.
3. One part of his brain said to the other "he's in the air don't tackle him".
4. The other part of his brain was half asleep and all it heard was the end of the sentence which was "...tackle him"..
5. Body responded.
6. Instantly first part of brain said to other "You idiot, I said DON'T tackle him".
7. Other part of the brain went "oh ****, lie on the ground and look apologetic"

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Taqele Naiyaravoro banned for taking out Beauden Barrett in the air

Maybe Dan can help us out on this, but isn't that a sort of oxymoron... reckless intent...

Reckless, I believe is doing something without any consideration for the outcome, so a snap action...

Intent is a pre-planned, or purposely doing something....so can you really be purposely reckless?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Georgia: Are rugby's Tier 1.5 nation ready for another step up?

There is a big difference between getting Georgia some decent game time, arranging a new and improved tournament... perhaps a rugby "Euro" competition.... and restructuring a tournament such the 6 Nations so that a team which has been in the competition for over a decade now is ousted because "they're not good enough"...

In fact that last sentence is hilarious when you consider some of the anti 6N comments above about it being an arrogant and exclusive competition.... What is more united - continuing to include a struggling Italy so that one day they will grow and be a big consistent competition? Or to kick them aside because they're not living up to the "legend of the 6N" where only the elite are allowed...?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Georgia: Are rugby's Tier 1.5 nation ready for another step up?

Errr, rugby in the NH is incredibly wealthy, that is precisely why it's the retirement location for all the SH players in their twilight years - the fan base in France is absolutely massive and the tradition and following in the UK is extremely large....

So regardless of NH poor form it's still incredibly wealthy.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Nick Frisby yellow carded for kicking ball out of tryscorer's hands

Thanks for the confirmation buddy.

I have to admit it's quite a harsh yellow as yellows go, but yeh, law is the law...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Rugby Training Mistakes: That One Thing You're Missing

...sorry, last sentence is not there to discredit or put down Skelton, however I'd assume (rightly or wrongly) his natural height and weight would have made him a far more attractive 'draft' than the little guys...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Rugby Training Mistakes: That One Thing You're Missing

Oh sorry mate, I get what you mean now... I read it differently to how you "said" it.

I agree with your sentiments.. The reality is there are very few people which can ever commit the time to develop a rugby player physique and maintain a family life/work life/social life...

As a married man, I'm lucky enough to have a wife who is into the gym and also outdoor pursuits... it makes for a healthy, active and fun life. But that is what works with me, not everyone wants that or has that.

Male body insecurity is a heck of a lot higher than any credit is ever given - in fact in a world where it was predominantly "male orientated" we're doing a brilliant job at reversing right through the equilibrium and into the other side.

I digress....however it is relevant to the extent that we as rugby enthusiasts are incorrectly shown by way of camera work in any rugby game that in order to be a good player, you must be a mountain... and to some extent the commentary also emphasises this - I can hear Andrew Cotter in my head right now talking - "on comes the great hulking figure of Jim Hamilton, what a giant of a man he is"
"The French have made a tactical substitution and off goes three well spent giants in the front row only to be replaced by another three monstrously huge athletes"... etc

Doesn't it all sound so lavish?

"A monstrous hulking figure of 10st10 comes lumbering onto the field, his sheer size strikes fear into the opposition"... sort of sounds a hell of a lot more appealing than "Here comes that little bloke who weighs less than bakkies left boot.... doubt he'll last long"...

Don't get me wrong, Shane Williams/Peter Stringer are poster children for the little guys, but boy I bet they had to fight a hell of a lot harder to get recognition than the likes of someone like Will Skelton...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Nick Frisby yellow carded for kicking ball out of tryscorer's hands

Do penalty tries not automatically go hand in hand with a yellow? So cynical priors or not, I'm not sure the referee had a choice....

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Georgia: Are rugby's Tier 1.5 nation ready for another step up?

Benetton Rugby Treviso
Rugby Calvisano
Pretrarca Rugby

Just 3 or should I continue?

Regardless what difference does it make?

Italy came onto the scene in 2000. In 1999 Scotland won the 5N but lost to England, in 2000 England won the 6N, Scotland beat England and Italy beat Scotland - they also lost all other matches, but the fact still remains, they fight for their place and they have had their successes as well as their downfalls and to simply say "yeh Italy had their time, not working, throw them on the heap" is everything that is wrong with the modern game. You're talking up the Georgian future as if it is a future for rugby, frankly it most certainly isn't. You're replacing one team with another. Georgian success for Italian demise is not a growing global rugby, in my opinion.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago