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England edge past Italy in the snow of Rome

Why are England 'arrogant' and other nations 'confident'? Can anyone provide evidence of England appearing arrogant in interviews or clips etc so I can see if first hand. Is the fact that George North believes Wales can beat anyone 'arrogant'? I don't believe so I think it is a confidence that you need to become the best in the World.

I am really looking forward to this England vs Wales game. Wales are the side in form and I think if all 15 first xv are fit then they are capable of being world beaters. As an England supporter I hope they prove me wrong. My heart says England but my gut says Wales. Bring it on!

6 Years, 3 Months ago

Bradley Davies & Stephen Ferris controversial tackles discussed

Although I agree with most of your points fella's I think Davis took issue with the fact that Ryan was rucking illegally. The IRB website states

A player joining a ruck must bind on a team-mate or an opponent, using the whole arm. The bind must either precede, or be simultaneous with, contact with any other part of the body of the player joining the ruck.

The video that accompanies this on the IRB website actually looks quite similar to what Ryan does before Davis assaults him off the ball!

6 Years, 3 Months ago

Sonny Bill Williams and Clarence Tillman III brawl at weigh-in

It's pretty clear from the title that this clip wasn't going to be about rugby. Not interested...don't watch. It's a free world!

I for one RD find things like this interesting so thanks for the post.

6 Years, 3 Months ago

Romain Poite enjoys the funny game, but Geordan Murphy disagrees

Can I firstly point out that I am a Tigers fan so I hope any points made here are well noted. Ulster beat Tigers and were clearly the better team on the night.

1. After 5 has made the tackle he is clearly seen moving out of the way. He doesn't as others have said in this thread lie off side and prevent the ball being played.
2. Ben Youngs gets annoyed as he clearly doesn't understand the rules. Best was onside, the first player there and on his feet and so clearly entitled to go for the ball.
3. The penalty should have been reversed when the Ulster players went looking for a fight! And love how the smile on one of the Ulster forwards face (the one behind Youngs) disappears when someone his own size decides joins in :)

All in all Tigers outclassed that night! Lets not turn into the Manchester United of Rugby by always blaming someone else!

6 Years, 3 Months ago

Maxime Medard and Louis Picamoles tear Lyon apart

I wonder if he thought it'd be called a double movement and passed just in case. Either way it's brilliant play by him.

6 Years, 4 Months ago

Maxime Medard and Louis Picamoles tear Lyon apart

Agree. Really good although I do miss the French commentary with its wonderful passion.

Question, Maxime Medard. Best back three player in the world?

6 Years, 4 Months ago

Referee Nigel Owens - 'This is not Soccer'

Really Buzz, 'a bunch of fanatical hicks' seems like a slightly over the top reaction. You seem to be getting a lit upset by the fact that we simply disagree with you and don't think you appreciate that without these people there would be no game.

I am surprised that as you are sooo right that so few people have jumped to your defence and joined this thread.

As for comparing NFL to rugby...
Seven officials ON THE FIELD
Average time the ball spends in play = 11 minutes (Google it if you don't believe me)
Average length of a game = 3 hours

So you can keep your NFL and I'll keep Rugby and hopefully I'll have some time left to do something else.

6 Years, 4 Months ago

Referee Nigel Owens - 'This is not Soccer'

@ Buzz,

are you a ref? do you have any refereeing experience? As someone who has for a short period of time I can judge from your comments that I would have sent you off by now!

I've refereed low end rugby for a while and am please that the majority of players I do have a healthy respect for the fact that I AM HUMAN! Yes I miss things but I am fair. I play to the letter of the law everything I see but fortunately for me I do not ref such a high paced game where I could not possibly keep up.

If you don't have respect for the ref can I suggest you go play another sport? Respectfully, obviously.

6 Years, 4 Months ago

Highlights of Toulon vs Clermont, including Rougerie fight & Smith yellow

At first I too thought advantage should be played but I think the Law is quite clear

It does not appear to offer advantage as an option so the try should not have stood.

6 Years, 4 Months ago

Will Skinner red carded from the bench as Harlequins beat Toulouse

I completely agree. I'm amazed that the word 'cheating' has been replaced by 'gamesmanship' and it has stuck!

6 Years, 5 Months ago