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Racing 92 and Stade Fran├žais merger called off - A recap

This is where France is caught in the middle, they're not a super league franchise clubs, but their counterparts and player choice makes them out to be a bit like that.

I know there are old clubs all over the world, but in the UK there is deep rooted clubs with history etc, I've seen it mean a lot to players and fans and the like. These clubs have to be careful they don't lose their heritage and become a corporation... But of course they also have to make sure they don't disappear through financial troubles and lack of interest...

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Stuart Hogg awarded Player of Six Nations Championship for second year in a row

Stats matter a heck of a lot if I told you he scored x amount of tries and assisted in y amount... What I'm saying is that currently I don't know what those figures are, but if you don't rate him then that's up to you.... Bit sad that's all

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Renaldo Bothma suspended for 4 weeks for swinging arm

At first I thought it looked pretty nasty, with the replays I'd say it looks more clumsy more than deliberate...

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Stuart Hogg awarded Player of Six Nations Championship for second year in a row

I take it you do standup on the weekends yeh?

"Will always go himself and only pass the ball when he's in the shit or there is nothing on"

Errr, unfortunately I don't have the stats as to how many... but you are aware he was a key player assisting in many tries aren't you? Or was that pure luck?

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Felipe I agree regarding Antonio, it is possible that we're all being too cynical, but it was convenient that a rested slimani can come on and dominate after a spent prop goes off, but as you said, France should have won already really!

As for the deliberate knock down law, I disagree that this should be removed... If your team is getting wrecked on the field by fast elusive runners but your pack dominates, then slapping down the ball to give the opposing team a scrum that you know you'll win will become a tactic... I'd say Vakatawas card was only fair if Davies was carded later, either both or neither...

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Racing 92 and Stade Fran├žais merger called off - A recap

All 34 out of 35 players voted to strike... the one player was a scrum half...

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Bunch of different ways to view this....

First way (just to annoy Oliver) - Dirty French tactics....

...linked to the first way is the second way - if North had his bicep around a Frenchmans head, then I have no issues with him being bitten

Third way - it wasn't actually a bite, but more of an abrasion caused by the tackle?

Fourth way - North bit himself...

I genuinely think it could have been any one of the above. If it wasn't seen on camera then it doesn't mean it didn't happen... that means that North could have been bitten, or bitten himself...

As you said though Oliver, if it was caught that he bit himself then it is feigning an injury and as such should be punished very strongly!

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

.....please tell me Jouberts first language isn't English *hides behind sofa*...

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

I know even with that try, that the kiwis had a pretty good lead, but it's thoroughly enjoyable to see not one man throw his hands up in some sort of case of trying to convince the referee that it was wrong, or that he was angry with his team or anything, simple acceptance of being stung from a brilliant move.....

What a thing of beauty!

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Fascinating 2017 Six Nations comes to a close - Final Weekend Highlights Wrap

Oliver, I understand where you're coming from, but 1978 was nearly 40 years ago... long before my life began... I'd risk a guess that it was before your life began also (perhaps I'm wrong)... so why are you or I worried about something that happened that far back? Why hold onto it and carry it forward to the future we have now.

This is the same sort of thing we're seeing in the US and indeed to rest of the world with racism, leftism, feminism etc etc. Rather than drawing a line under it and getting on with life. The world is waiting for the powers that be, to make formal apologies and or recognition of past actions that were probably not carried out by anyone in charge today... I know I've escalated this by bringing in world wide issues into a sporting issue, but I'm your rugby brethren, we may not speak the same first language, but we both love the sport we have chosen - that is our commonality, why do we need to identify our differences and argue about things our 'forefathers' did?

You and I both watched the Wales France match, we both agreed that the refereeing was questionable in places and we are both happy that France were the victors in the end. Wouldn't it achieve more if we said "lets look forward to next years 6N and some better refereeing"... The more you highlight or try to highlight bias, the more you will create a rift in the modern game that can only be healed by total lenience towards all French play and indiscretions and an iron fist to rule all English speaking nations.. because if a referee in an England France match makes ONE mistake, and it's against the French team, then it will be used as another case study for this perceived bias.

Anyway, I hope for all aspects of the game that the French team really comes through this lower period shining brightly.

1 Month, 4 Days ago