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Heineken Cup Round 3 - Four of the bigger games

kudos to stoudos, couldn't agree more!
Nice to see Connacht winning, gutted for Leinster, great game though.
We often talk about yellow ruining games, but I can't help thinking that some pro fouls should have been pinged on both sides for killing the ball.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

Just a personal view here, but I don't think I'm alone, I've been living in Italy for 11yrs now. My best friends are here, 11 of my 20 rugby yrs have been played here. I had goosebumps while standing in the Olympic Stadium in Rome listening to the huge hearted Italian rugby fans sing their anthem during the ABs game, but come 6 nations time, there's only one team for me and that's Ireland.
Now, is the difference between me and Botes/McLean/Geldynheys that I have been unable to form an emotional attachment to the country I got married in and had my kids in, or is it the contract that got offered? If I had the talent I believe would never have considered playing for anyone except Ireland, but then again, I never had to choose.
People should play for the country they dreamed of playing for as kids, that's where the Carters and McCaws, O'Driscolls and O'Briens come from, that the extra % that players call on when the body thinks there's nothing left.
I don't want to judge anyone or take a moral high ground, but I think the last reason people play for a country that's not their own is emotional attachment.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Chris Hala'ufia suspended for five weeks after straight red card

I agree with your sentiment on borderline hits, I've taken a few myself.
On this particular incident however, I don't think borderline applies, the initial contact is made below the chest. The force of the impact is understandable, the guy saw a player coming at him at speed and he went to meet him. The way Jewell flew back is more a consequence if his own actions than anything.
The only foul I see here is Jewell jumping into the tackle, which if I'm not wrong is not allowed.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Three red cards in heated Leicester Tigers vs Bath battle at Welford Road

I wouldn't call Banahan's actions stupid, at best a little awkard but really a little unlucky that his big hit target ducked.
Deacon reacted in a hot headed way, while it may be understandable from a macho point of view it's inexcusable from a professional point of view.

By the way and open palm can do quite a bit of damage if it catches your nose in the right place

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Chris Hala'ufia suspended for five weeks after straight red card

I'm sure he's on his way to set us all straight

1 Year, 8 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

I agree with you here Reality. Look at "The story of the mighty All Blacks" and you'll get an idea of why they're great.
A National player for me should represent his people, not the first team that lets him on, that's what clubs are for!

1 Year, 8 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

stickler for details there Reality ;)

1 Year, 8 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

Some of these examples might be akin to saying that Ronan O Gara should be playing for the US and Jamie Heaslip for Israel. (I don't think that it's just an example)

I'd agree with Bokskick that once you've represented your country at underage then you can't switch sides.

I'm Irish and love to see the national team do well, but I have to say that if we start naturalizing players specifically for rugby alot of the pride and satisfaction will be gone from it.
A National team should represent a nations ability to produce a rugby team, not acquire one. We have great players in Ireland, lets rely on them and them alone.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

Pienaar plays with Ulster, made a good life for himself and his kids and plays for South Africa.
It's a personal choice on the players behalf.
I'm no fan of the whole scheme myself, and I imagine I'd be annoyed if the flux of players was going the opposite direction so I can understand your anger though.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Chris Hala'ufia suspended for five weeks after straight red card

maybe they think with more below the waist tackles there'll be more offloads making the game more of a spectacle....which will be all well and good until the bans come out for having twisted someone's knees.
Isn't there a tag league these citing commissioners can go and watch?

1 Year, 8 Months ago

 
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