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New Ireland prop Rodney Ah You smashes lock Alistair Hargreaves

But they've also gained from the leinster acadamy with players such as Fionn Carr and the likes

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Sebastien Chabal knocks out Marc Giraud with big right hook

getting a box in the jaw for holding used to be a part of the game for the longest time also...the game is evolving and so the rules need to too. You can't meat out your own justice, fair enough, just like rolling on the wrong side and killing the ball persistently(this used to be dealt with by whoever had their studs in position over the culprits back) leads to a yellow then so should holding.

4 Months, 21 Hours ago

Kieran Read named IRB Player of the Year 2013 as All Blacks get hat-trick

Well it depends on whether or not you only consider International rugby. Parisse has been solid for Stade Francais and is crucial for the Italians. They may not have had a great year, but there are 2 points to keep in mind, 1. It's harder to play well on a team that's playing bad and 2. they did manage to beat both France and Ireland in the 6nations!
What shocks me is that Brian O'Driscoll hasn't picked up the award even once over the past 10years!

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins interviews Wallaby players after Wales win

that's a bit of a limit on your part there Matt. I'm guessing you have a hard time taking Ma Nonu seriously aswell then....or is his style ok for you? I mean his eyebrow is a bit weird....

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Irish hearts broken by All Blacks' last gasp converted try

Just as a premise, Barbarian games are generally more fun and lighthearted. As the commentator says he was judged to have moved toward the ball...can't say I agree but technically he's referring to the same law.
A draw is as gutting as a loss in my opinion anyway so, who cares?

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Irish hearts broken by All Blacks' last gasp converted try

Sorry Mike, in the 2 rucks before that Owens was shouting at our lads to stay on their feet not the All blacks, if you come through the middle you can have a dive at the 9 once the ball is out. When he blew for the penalty it was the 3rd in a row....there's only so much you can let go to be fair!

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Irish hearts broken by All Blacks' last gasp converted try

the difference is that Madigans was a poor choice, he wasn't stepped or fended. O'Brien mentioned the need to trust, he was the inside man, I think he might have been referring to that!

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Irish hearts broken by All Blacks' last gasp converted try

I agree, too many people going on about Sexton and nobody seems to mention that McGrath went off his feet after Owens gave 3 warnings to our lads to stay on their feet. Less than 50 seconds on the clock!!!
Madigan more than wimping out tried to double up on a tackle rather than hold his man...when the man on the inside is Sean O'Brien that becomes unexplainable!
We lost O'Driscoll, Healy and Sexton, all stalwart defenders and 2 of the 3 replacements contibuted directly to our loss.
The All Blacks on the other hand made 7 changes to the team that beat France coming into the game which should be taken into account. Barrett exploded onto the pitch and Crotty got the winning try, the depth makes all the difference, and over the year, as heartbreaking as it is to have lost this game, I have to admit the ABs deserved their perfect year!

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

New Zealand tested by England but the World Champions remain unbeaten

I've a hard time believing that Ireland will be able to hold them off given yesterdays dismal performance at the Aviva. I think we're screwed next week and possibly screwed come 6ns time!

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

The Nude Blacks get the better of their Australian counterparts in annual match

this is a load of balls!

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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