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Henry Speight banned for five weeks for dangerous flip on Juan de Jongh

I definitely agree about the highlights video. The more of these longer videos focussing on the actual highlights, the better. I often think that highlight videos are done in an attempt to disgust viewers into buying cable television just so they can actually see what really happened!

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Setting up and defending a drop goal with Brian O'Driscoll and Rhys Priestland

All I can remember as a Welsh fan is Priestland missing that crucial drop-goal in front of the posts in the last WC semi-final vs France...

9 Months, 4 Days ago

Ireland get their first ever win in Argentina in Resistencia

I couldn't get enough of that first Argentine try when I saw it live. The take by the full back was terrific, and the step and pace by Sanchez... The finish reminded me of Shane Williams vs the Springboks back in 2008 I think (going inside and then out). Considering the Pumas has so few recognisable star players I think they did remarkably well, and were only really killed off by a cheap interception try that took the game away from them.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Hardest, Fastest, Strongest - Carrier, Runner, & Big Hitter

1) Hardest Ball Carrier for me at the moment has to be Willem Alberts. He ruined England recently. Craig and Scott Quinnell were very destructive runners too in their time.

2) Tonderai Chavhanga looks insanely fast on clips I've seen of him. There have been a lot of other fast runners though (and more rounded wingers) but I'd give it to him probably.

3) Hardest Hitter has to be Brian Lima, surely? Especially considering he didn't have the bulky build of the Tuilagi brothers or Jerry Collins (Henry Tuilagi and Collins being two other big hitters that come to mind).

2 Years, 10 Months ago

A look back at the successful 1997 British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa

I have to say, I think people sell Lydiate short. He always plays well for Wales, and I agree with you that Ferris is a better ball carrier (stronger, probably faster too) but I think the last six nations showed that Lydiate is a ferocious tackler.

3 Years, 1 Day ago

A look back at the successful 1997 British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa

1. Cian Healy (Gethin's great too, think Healy's a better ball carrier).
2. Ross Ford (everyone else is saying Ross Ford, I think hooker's up for grabs)
3. Adam Jones
4. Alun Wyn Jones (maybe Luke Charteris)
5. Richie Gray
6. Dan Lydiate (Welsh bias! Hard choice, could see Ferris or O'Brien starting potentially)
7. Sam Warburton (on form, if not O'Brien or Tipuric)
8. Ryan Jones or Ben Morgan (Faletau anonymous in Aus I thought, Heaslip is good too)
9. Ben Youngs (Mike Phillips if you want someone to start incidents!)
10. Johnny Sexton
11. George North
12. Manu Tuilagi (Jamie Roberts if on form, think he's better defensively)
13. Jon Davies (controversial, but I really rate him. O'Driscoll possibly)
14. Tommy Bowe
15. Rob Kearney or Leigh Halfpenny, both playing really well.

3 Years, 6 Days ago

WIN an adidas ball signed by All Black legend Dan Carter


3 Years, 1 Month ago

WIN an adidas ball signed by All Black legend Dan Carter

Carter scores tries, makes tries, makes tackles, sees opportunities, kicks well from hand, kicks well for goal and doesn't seem to feel pressure. He does play for the best team in the world, but he has been (with McCaw) the main man for the All Blacks for most of the last decade, so you'd be mad not to have him. As a Wales supported I'd like to make a case for Neil Jenkins...but Carter's better!

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Springboks go one-up in the series with Durban win over England

Are you kidding? I am a Wales fan, but I think even impartial rugby fans have to say that, defensively at least, Lydiate was the best 6 in the 6 Nations. I don't remember him ever missing a tackle, and he tackles in such an aggressive (or active is maybe a better word) manner than it stops the opposition getting over the gain line.

Offensively Ferris is a better ball carrier IMO, and I do rate him very highly, but I thought Lydiate's award was fair, and in the Wales - Australia game last saturday I thought he was one of the best Welsh players without question.

As for another flanker... Willem Alberts, what a tank! I don't know if I've even seen a ball carrier that destructive and dynamic. How come he only has about 10 caps? I suppose he was kept out the squad by Burger, and Brussow?

It will be difficult for any of the northern hemisphere teams to get a win now I think. I don't think any of the 6 nations teams would win against NZ, Wales will think they can win the series, maybe they can, and if England get one win now I think that would be a good effort.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Wales seal victory with late kick in Six Nations thriller against Ireland

For anyone who's only seen the highlights I'd definitely recommend watching the entire game. It was by far the best game of the weekend, and I doubt there'll be a better one for the neutral this tournament. Though hopefully I'm wrong! As a Wales fan I'm obviously glad that they won, and do think that their back play, and overall play warranted the victory, even if the eventual manner of the victory was controversial. BD obviously deserved a red, it was a ridiculous thing to do. It wasn't even a tackle as the ball was so far away.

However, I feel that Wales' missed kicks and opportunities, as with the world cup, could have come back to haunt them yet again. I think Halfpenny should be given a chance to be the kicker unless he too suffers a poor kicking performance. IMO this is Wales' real weakness right now, not having a nailed on goal kicker, despite having a number of capable kickers in their day. However, despite good Irish pressure in the latter part of the first half and during the second as they made large inroads with multiple pick-and-gos, I do feel Wales were the better team. Did anyone else think Ryan Jones had scored early on? I know the replay was inconclusive, but it just looked as though he probably had scored, and the commentators acknowledged that in the past that surge would have in all probability been given.

At the moment it looks as though a large part of the British and Irish Lions will be made up of Irish and Welsh players judging by this match! I think Ireland can win all their remaining matches to be honest, though France away is a huge ask, and I feel that Wales are able to beat everyone this year, especially with three home games to come. In previous years Wales' injuries would have been a dampener, but it really appears that they have improved their strength in depth considerably, as their forwards seemed to get partiy with the Irish, which impressed me. And their backline can be devastating.

3 Years, 5 Months ago