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England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

British and Irish ;)
The Triple Crown is the old version of the Grand Slam from the days when the 6 nations was called the home nations, France have nothing to do with it.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

I'm gutted as an Irishman for the loss but it was a great match by both sides. Launchbury was immense in defence but that "save" that Brown made from O'Driscolls kick on the fly along with his excellent line break to set up Care was possibly the difference between the sides. BoD's skill in kicking the ball on the fly would normally have been enough and there was nobody home behind, how Brown got down in time, held the ball and regained his feet is beyond me!
I agree Farrell should have been carded but as a rugby fan I can't say I'm sorry the result didn't come down to a refereeing decision, even if we did lose.
I'd England with clinch the Triple crown but Ireland's points difference should carry them through if they can manage France in Paris!

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

there's tackles and then there's spears....

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

much worse? I don't agree at all!

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

the intent has to come into DrG, you don't need to mind read, but it's like the difference between colliding mid-air when both are going for the ball and one player going for the ball while the other tries to take him out. You can get hurt in both but in the first case it's an unfortunate accident where both players put their bodies on the line, in the latter an eventual injury would come from one players reckless intent.

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Francisco Chaparro red carded and banned for 10 weeks for tip tackle

DRG, you can't compare "what if's" in legal scenarios to the dangers of purposely trying to injure someone. I've broken both my arms (on seperate occasions) in perfectly legal play and so have no complaints.
then you take this fucker...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkmMK76xARo
and you think, he deserves the 32 week ban he received, why? Because it was unnecessary, un sportsmanlike and shouldn't be part of the game....like this sort of tip tackle.
A Prop prepares for the eventualities of the scrum, locks and backrows prepare for lineouts, you can't prepare yourself for having your head and neck driven into the ground and you shouldn't have to either

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2 Months, 2 Days ago

Beauden Barrett wins IRPA Try of the Year 2013 for try against France

Spectacular contributions from Ranger and Smith, well deserved award!

That's some year for the all blacks, 100% win record over the calendar year, coach of the year, team of the year, player of the year, try of the year....what can you say?

2 Months, 2 Days ago

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

I think the rule isn't so much about "locking" as such, but if you hit with the point of the shoulder rather than an open shoulder there's more chance of injury for the tackled player. The risk for the person charging in is that the impact can damage your acl...given that Williams needs surgery this seems likely. If you want to see if someone is attempting to wrap or not you just need to see where their hands are positioned.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

great name ^^^ especially when I think of Barnes

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

Aw come on Stroudos, I was just starting to like you :D
I reckon if Ireland can take twickers they'll get the slam.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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