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Sonny Bill Williams off to Japan then returns to the NRL and Rugby League

I leave here a good article regarding this issue http://www.espnscrum.com/newzealand/rugby/story/166710.html

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Felipe Contepomi knocked out vs Racing Metro

Argentina will make slow yet steady progress in the Championship. In my opinion, this year the All Blacks will prove to be way too much of a challenge (some of you may mention the QF of the World Cup, but there's now way less pressure for the ABs and that's when they play their best rugby). The Saffers will attempt (in classic style) to subdue them with forward power and I think they will achieve that feat, albeit this games will be decided by the boot (by both sides). But I still think SA will have too much experience and class for the argies. Australia, on the other hand, will look to run and pass the ball a lot against the Pumas and I think this will make for great viewing, as Arentina are not shy to make a run ir two. Still I think Australia have too much firepower for Argentina to equal.

Argentina can rely on their great pack (especially the back row, remember the name of Tompas de la Vega), and on a few great names on the backs (Hernández, Agulla, Camacho). I think this year is too soon for them to get any victories, but they will be hard to beat on their own soil wuthout a doubt.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Sonny Bill Williams off to Japan then returns to the NRL and Rugby League

Ok league boys if you are coming here to bitch you may as well get the f*ck out.

Facts: League is important in one place: 2 states in Australia. The League World Cup is small and only strong competitors are Australia and New Zealand (Maybe GB hangs in there). Your sport isn't better or worst than ours, it's just different.

So if you wanna comment on league I suggest you go to a league forum.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Sonny Bill Williams off to Japan then returns to the NRL and Rugby League

He may do whatever he likes. I just really hope that if he ever goes back to NZ to play rugby he'll have to fight to be in the ABs and not just walk in. You see guys like Nonu, who have battled their way up the ranks and have improved tons thorugh the years as a player, and that's what you want from a rugger who's also an All Black.

Hopefully this will mean that Freuan finally gets his shot at the ABs.

Bye Sonny and good luck.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Two big hits from the Highlanders vs the Chiefs

First one is massive. Second one is a bit dubious, he clearly goes for the big hit but fails to put both his arms around the player so ends up being something of a clumsy shoulder charge, so I'd say penalty and no card whatsoever, as there was clearly no intent.

2 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Wallaby legend Stirling Mortlock's retirement tribute

I grew up watching this baldie playing and he was the reason I always wanted to play centre. Above all he earned respect, humble talented fella. All the best for him in the future!

2 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Sonny Bill Williams puts the shoulder in against the Highlanders

*they have to pay their bills

2 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Sonny Bill Williams puts the shoulder in against the Highlanders

Yeah, fair enough. I guess it's out of frustration. It sucks that he'll become one of those "could have beens" when he could have becomed a legend. But fair point, after all it's a job and he has to pay his wages. I won't say that he has to stay in one club for his whole life, but, for example, if he's going to Japan, OK, but go for at least 2 years and help the club develop and grow rather than only your wallet and help the game develop there.

2 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Sonny Bill Williams puts the shoulder in against the Highlanders

SBW has lots of attributes. He's big, madly skilled, powerful and smart. He can draw in defenders and unleash temmates. But what he doesn't have is LOYALTY nor COMMITMENT. He didn't have it with the Bulldogs back in 2008, he didn't have it with the Crusaders, he doesn't have it with the Chiefs and he clearly doesn't have it with Rugby Union.

It's sad, if you ask me. Because a player of his calibre could leave an inmense legacy. Look at Carter or McCaw, or O'Driscoll or Mortlock: commited to the cause, don't go after the money but after the glory. Loyalty to your teammates. Loyalty to the sport you love. SBW is just a showman. He can't commit. He thinks he's bigger than rugby. And that sucks.

The fact that he's going for a short stint on Japan (chasing money), then back to NRL (chasing money), then back to Union so that he can make the All Blacks squad for 2015 (chasing the glory that onlt rugby can give him) just sums him up. It just disgusts me that the NZRU will probably be waving their tails in waiting for him to get enough cash and then be admitted back to the All Blacks as if nothing have happened. As if he didn't turn his back on rugby for some green. And who could blame them? He's extraordinary on the pitch.

I think this guy just doesn't fit within the values of our sport. OK, it's professional now, OK, money will always have a say in the outcome, but it's the integrity, the commitment and the legacy that the legends build that keep it as the best sport in the world.

Stay in League, box, dance, make pies, whatever you want SBW. But you don't mess with our sport.

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Hosea Gear bumps Keith Earls out the road on his way to the tryline

His Munster online profile says he's a "universal back". I've seen him wearing the 13 for Munster and alongside Lifeimi Mafi he played really well. Of course BOD is miles ahead of him so I guess he'll just have to be content with a sopt on the wing.

Maybe he's had some of the James Hook syndrome. Tons of quality but always seen as a "world class reserve" for his versatility. It'd be a shame if he'd get lost for that.

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

 
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