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Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

I don't think the amount of French players explains anything in particular, it just interests me that's all...

Playing with better players around you does improve an individuals standard in my opinion, so maybe Toulon does have an increasing brunt due to the celebrity appearances...

Either way, I'm glad for Toulon, but I would definitely like to see France play better than their past efforts and thus reflect it in their club teams... But I suspect that their international performances are more down to their management (or lack of) rather than their club inputs...

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

I can't see them on here, so I assume you're not referring to RD when you write:

"On a side note, pretty amused by the usual ignorant comments"...

It's not really a side note, but I don't mean it to be connected in a negative way, but which team had more French players?

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

Very interesting comment. We often get very worked up and excited when the RWC comes along... but really what for? I mean, yeh we get to see 'my team beat your team' (or vice versa), but in reality the rugby is generally pretty crap, the only reason it's ever classed as edge of seat rugby is because the loser hops on a plane back home rather than getting to play anymore... other than that, it produces some of the least inspirational plays I've ever seen.. - in comparison to the generally more care free club stuff..

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

Well, lets hope France can produce some inspiring rugby as a nation in the World cup.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 12

I definitely think the red was the right call, no obvious malice (I guess), but it certainly didn't work out well.. As for Sivivatu's tackle years ago... Jury is out on that one for me.. I can't help think it was a freak accident - should someone be punished? Maybe? I actually think had Sivivatu held onto the legs it could have ended a lot worse... Very difficult.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

WIN our latest limited edition Rugbydump jersey!

Ah, interesting to hear that actually. What position do you/did you play? I've always been a forward except on the odd occasions and in 7's (where somehow I got landed with a fly half roll, I thoroughly enjoyed that!), so for me sleeves rolled up were always typical dress code.

I actually do have one of those lycra (or whatever material) undershirts, but because I have the upper body like a gorilla (long arms), the sleeves are too short anyway, so regardless of whether I'd want to or not, I still have to roll the sleeves up.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Richie McCaw knocked out cold after getting his head on the wrong side of a tackle

...I'm confused, he can't be a warrior and be healthy though can he? I mean fit and healthy could involve eating cous cous, being a warrior would involve not eating cous cous???

My head feels like McCaws!

4 Weeks, 7 Hours ago

Richie McCaw knocked out cold after getting his head on the wrong side of a tackle

I know he's had concussions, but seeing him KO'd isn't a common occurrence is it?

He's definitely one to put his body on the line, totally agree regarding North, I think the same applies for 1/2p, he won't be an 'old player'...

4 Weeks, 7 Hours ago

WIN our latest limited edition Rugbydump jersey!

Don't get me wrong, collars are nice, but I don't get the infatuation with long sleeved cotton shirts of old...

I remember at school we had long sleeve cotton... perhaps it was good perhaps not, but they were 'thin' cotton.. which meant we froze to death in the deep winter and the shirts weighed more than we did when they got wet... sleeves were always rolled up (even in winter) because they were uncomfortable to play in...

My favourite shirt this decade was the England centenary shirt:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/02/08/article-1249492-083432DE000005DC-510_634x697.jpg the one worn by wotsisface on the right..

All that being said, RD love the shirt, if I win it I'd be thrilled!

4 Weeks, 7 Hours ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

Who'd have thought Dan Carter himself was actually an England fan... should have emigrated my dear chap!

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago