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Shortlist for IRPA Try of the Year 2012 announced

As an individual try I'd vote for Malzieu or Gear, they were both tries that only a handful of players could have finished off. (most of the handful is in this clip, but hey!)

1 Year, 9 Months ago

End of Year Tours 2012 - Week Two - Highlights wrap

We're here arguing about something that for all we know is a non issue amongst Fijian management. I'm sure their concern is getting a fit and prepared squad to the next world cup. They're hardly going to make it into the top 8 in any case, so at least they get some second string players some experience.
My point is if Fiji come to play they're always going to get something out of it, otherwise they wouldn't come in the first place. We agree on that point, we're just saying it differently.

How would your system protect the clubs at this stage? Are their investments in the game to be ignored?
Let's not forget that the Fijian first team is ranked where it is because their better players benefit greatly from their experience in France.
They already have problems with depth, if you only ever play the first team they'll have some serious injury woes to deal with sooner or later. As I pointed out, hardly a first team from Ireland(Heaslip, Cronin, Ross and Murray the only regular starters on the pitch at the start), the difference is the depth overall.

If besides all this there's problems with how FIjian rugby is treated then by all means it should be looked into, but I have to wonder what a big difference we would see if it weren't the case. Do you think they could compete with England, Wales, Ireland and Argentina for a band 2 spot? Not impossible, but I reckon it's a stretch.
They need to look to discipline and structure(on the pitch I mean) before they look at anything else in my opinion.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Ireland VX vs Fiji November 2012 - Full Match

some of the commentating sounded more like a piss-take than anything serious.
After a bit of hand bags, "well the crowd are rising more than anything because it's the least boring thing that's happened for over 20mins"

end of game round up, "...Gilroy 3, McFadden 2, Ireland 53, Fiji 0, what did we learn? Not much!..."

1 Year, 9 Months ago

End of Year Tours 2012 - Week Two - Highlights wrap

Just a couple of quick points;
Argentina did not have a full compliment ot choose from for all of their championship games due to club duties.

Ireland did not field a first 15 or anything near it, so if anything it shows the (understandable) lack of depth of the Fijian outfit. They have some great talents despite the small pool of players they have to pick from but they're always going to suffer when they don't have a full compliment. It's hardly the Irb's fault though.

I would go so far as to say that if there wasn't a silver lining for Fijian rugby, the choice to not play was always there, thomand park is not around the corner for them. If they came to play rest assured they have their reasons.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Michael Lynagh and HSBC Ambassador Jason Robinson react to England's loss

actually grammar would sugget that he wrote your and not you're...which is basically what happened. You're referring to syntax.

Grammar, it's the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you're shit.

...anyway....back to Rugby...:)

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Samoa stun Wales with impressive win at the Millennium Stadium

It was the shoulder but it hardly matters, you his shoulder went in directly to the head, that's dangerous play the same as a high takle is, it runs the risk of a neck injury. You either get under a player to clean them out, or if they're too low you wrap around their backs without the impact and you roll them out of the ruck.
Well played Samoa though, they played the ball well, it's not just about the hits, they have the steps and running lines that make them difficult to defend against, fair play to them.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Samoa stun Wales with impressive win at the Millennium Stadium

"...'ave a bit of that..." :)

1 Year, 10 Months ago

All Black Adam Thomson's boot on Alasdair Strokosch's head

@Guy I agree with you here, nice gesture by Strockosch (hoping in Karma, I'm guessing it's something he'd do himself :D) but mistake my arse, he could see what he was doing. That said I think the card is enough, he didn't go in with any force, was just a little shove with the foot, (if that makes any sense) to let the big man know he was in a bad position

1 Year, 10 Months ago

James Haskell big hit knocks out lock Alistair Hargreaves

...not that I'd agree with him if he didn't have TMO, I just might understand the error as I see it.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

James Haskell big hit knocks out lock Alistair Hargreaves

I don't agree with the ref here, especially as he had the benefit of the TMO. Haskell went for a big hit as he's entitled to do, contact was made in a legal area, wrapping was impossible due to the movement of the player being tackled, not due the movement of the tackler...surely that's the difference between foul play and a simple accident of play? I think a penalty is the wrong decision and I can't get my head around the yellow, oh well. Interesting view on the TMO and ref's trusting themselves, in two minds about that one.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

 
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