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Romain Taofifenua banned for three weeks for kicking Stuart Olding in the head

Very harsh. It was a bit clumsy, but he's clearly trying to kick the ball and make a nuisance of himself at the ruck, there is no malice in this. Probably a penalty, but nothing more needed.

1 Day, 1 Hour ago

Sonny Bill Williams back in new inspirational #LeaveYourMark video

"It's not so much about the game, it's about the cheque"

Fixed.

1 Day, 4 Hours ago

Friday Funnies - Nigel Owens is straighter than this lineout throw

Brilliant. Love the bloke (although not in that way, not that there'd be anything wrong with that).

1 Week, 8 Hours ago

All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

Coles is quick. Very exciting player, as if NZ need any more of those.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

This is true. And I'd expand it to say that pretty much regardless of the match-situation, they have a capacity for an outrageous score. Thinking of the SA-NZ match recently, Fekitoa again scored a try completely against the run of play.

Anyway, the rule of thumb is that you have to be more than 7 points clear at 80 minutes to be sure of beating this lot. They are something else.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

It sounds like the ARU knew MacKenzie had to go. Not sure exactly why, but clearly the latest Kurtley Beale business brought things to a head. I don't think there was an ideal time to leave, but at least by leaving before the NH tour, a new coach has a little time to begin rebuilding.

To my eyes, there's good reason for belief. When David Pocock comes back as captain, and if Genia and/or Cooper find some form, suddenly there's a good deal of talent and experience competing for key positions.

And looking even further ahead... if they win their tough WC group, they avoid NZ and SA until the final. They need a good coach, but I'd say it's a pretty plum job still. And sounds like it will be Cheika if the Tahs sign off.

Still a little surprised MacKenzie came up short as head coach, he was excellent at the Reds while managing some difficult characters there, so can't imagine he'll have too much difficulty finding a new job. And perhaps one day he'll explain why it wrong this past year.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Rugby's first ever OWN TRY awarded in NRC clash in Sydney

Ref: "Try or no try?"

TMO: "Try. Scored by me. Put it in the book."

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Fiji beat Samoa in action packed final to win Gold Coast Sevens

Thanks for flagging, that deserves a post on its own!

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Richard Hibbard and Sione Kalamafoni double hit on Brad Barritt

I like Barritt too, and it's his defence which keeps him in the England frame. Think Lancaster is hoping he finds someone with more creativity, but Barritt is still a decent fallback option.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Ben Flower red carded for vicious punching at start of Super League Grand Final

I'll go out on a limb here and say smacking a guy in the face who is already out cold is anything but a beaut.

As the guy just above said, most of this ban is for the second punch. No ifs or buts, it was completely out of order.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

 
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