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England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Why Nowell? He almost seems to typify the conservative selection policy that Lancaster's been so criticised for. When we have genuinely exciting options such as Yarde, Wade, Roko, Pennell and Ashton what is the Jack Nowell appeal? It's a massive shame Foden's out - he would be so great to have as a back three option.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

The most disappointing part is probably Bonnaire describing this as an occupational hazard. As if this shit is in any way in line with rugby's attitude and ethos. I'm so sick of seeing punches being thrown on a rugby pitch.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Jonathan Joseph brilliance sets up Francois Louw try for great Bath try

Whether it's Joseph, Burrell, Tuilagi, Farrell, Eastmond or Barritt I really don't care. Just please god don't let it be Twelvetrees.

4 Months, 3 Days ago

Best Tries from Round 3 of the Champions Cup PLUS Facts and Stats

Sneaky because unless I'm mistaken the bloke qualifies for quite a few different nations. An England cap would tie up his long term future.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Best Tries from Round 3 of the Champions Cup PLUS Facts and Stats

Perhaps I'm looking at this rather cynically, but Lancaster must have one eye on a sneaky England cap for Nathan Hughes.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

South Africa aim to up the intensity after another win over England

The Hask to start next week? I'm not entirely sure what Tom Wood is adding to the team.

6 Months, 6 Days ago

Five stars nominated for IRB World Rugby Player of the Year 2014

There must be a reason for doing the nominations so early. I'm currently sitting here scratching my head trying to think of one. Does anyone actually know why it's done like this?

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Five stars nominated for IRB World Rugby Player of the Year 2014

This would be my shortlist (in order):

Savea
Hooper
Folau
Vermeulen
Aaron Smith

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

Owens said the ball was on the line.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

I'm not sure I understand Owens' logic behind that Whitelock (almost) try. If you conclude that the ball is on the line, which Owens did, then the first touch of the ball is not a knock on, it is a try. Surely the knock on happens after the ball has already been touched down? Of all the decisions that have been raised this seems to me the most contentious and the least discussed.

6 Months, 1 Week ago