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The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

To be a little bit fair - and not taking anything away from your most excellent wit - I think he meant a length of the field try after a tighthead... i.e. scrum turnover ball, which us oldtimers sometimes call a tighthead.

6 Days, 6 Hours ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

Or you delay the rebrand until the start of next year.

Anyway, can't believe in this day and age the WR/IRB whatever video producing gang couldn't or wouldn't redo their graphics.

1 Week, 12 Hours ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

No, not bollocks at all.

Individual versus team tries are quite different animals. The issue with having two categories though is where you draw the line - if the Harvey score is an individual try, that perhaps means you aren't giving credit to the front row which started the whole thing by destroying the opposition scrum.

Anyway, I'd argue for a longer short-list, so enough of both types of tries should be covered. And then by some scientific method the best can be chosen.

1 Week, 12 Hours ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

Miles Harrison, is that you?

1 Week, 12 Hours ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

The Hougaard try had to be in there, it was definitely one of the best this year even with the swallow dive.

It would probably get my vote too, it's one of my favourite Bok tries of all time, but the Canadian women's try was pretty sensational too.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

You're right, then Thomas's try should be in imo. (I think the Player of the year cut-off is pre-autumn internationals, so that's why I got confused. Plus I'm an idiot a lot of the time, as my wife will attest.)

1 Week, 1 Day ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

I don't think autumn international tries are eligible for this year's selection. Hopefully no-one will have forgotten Teddy's try when the selection happens for next year...

1 Week, 1 Day ago

France name unchanged side after five try win over Fiji

If you had told me twenty years ago, a naturalised South African would start at fullback for France, and another would be covering scrumhalf, I would have checked you weren't planning to drive yourself home.

I've got no issue at all with guys committing to play for another country - among other things, I figure in rugby if you aren't committed you'll quickly be found out - but I do find it remarkable with its history France has a SA expat starting at fullback and another on the bench ready to be their general. Well done Scott Spedding, well done Rory Kockott, but it is some surprise that France don't have homegrown players filling these positions.

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Joost van der Westhuizen speaks to Matt Dawson and team on Rugby Tonight

I'll be honest, my mind struggles to process seeing Joost in such a weakened state; but his courage in promoting awareness of MND is something else. Absolutely brilliant that Dawson, Healey and co got him on their show, and great job covering what they did in the discussion.

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Ireland upset South Africa with impressive physicality in Dublin

Assuming FdP is fit, I think the call on who warms the bench is as much tactical as it is a call on ability at 9.

If you choose Hougaard, you must have a flyhalf on the bench. If you choose Pienaar, he can cover 10, so you have the option to skip on that specialist cover and bring in another outside back, another fast man you fancy as a game-breaker.

For me, I'd have Hougaard on the bench. The guy brings so much to the table, and he's a nightmare impact sub for opponents to deal with. I just don't love him starting at 9, it's not his natural position.

2 Weeks, 4 Hours ago

 
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