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Sonny Bill Williams puts the shoulder in against the Highlanders

*they have to pay their bills

1 Year, 9 Months 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.

1 Year, 9 Months 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.

1 Year, 9 Months 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.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

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

Earls seems like a nice chap. He's very good but keeps getting switched from 13 (imo his best position) to the wing, by that clown Kidney. How he still thinks that guys like Paddy Wallace deserve more to be in the national team than Darren Cave and many other young irish midfielders is beyond me.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

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

Oh man. I almost feel sorry for Earls here! Remember, don't try to tackle the big boys at chest height... I remember my u12's coach used to say "if he's too big, aim for the ankles... all ankles are roughly the same size, no matter how big or powerful your guy is".

Really the AB's strenght in depth is crazy. Gear is one heck of a player. Big tackler and incredible finisher. With him and Savea rampaging on the wings and Dagg at FB the ABs look formidable. Add Guildford, Jane, Sivivatu, Masaga, Ranger, Umaga Marshall, Nanai Williams, Poki, Taylor. Jeeze.

I still think they are a good way off from the world's best triumvirate. Fpr some time, the back three of the All blacks was made of Jeff Wilson, Jonah Lomu and Christian Cullen. It really doesn't get any better than that.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

France bounce back with convincing win over Argentina in Tucuman

Yes, this was France C v Pumas B. The first test was hard as nails and very fought, and the Pumas scored through a chased kick and an interception, though France controlled the whole match.

Now you have to take into account they are two very young teams. Machenaud and Tomás de la Vega were particularly impressive.

I think the Pumas will lose (twice) against the ABs by a 30 point margin, to the Wallabies by a 20 point margin and they will perform well against South Africa, as they are both very physical, defence orientated teams.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

USA Eagles have two players red carded in loss to Italy in Houston

First one in my opinion was yellow. It was humourosly late but the tackler was commited so you just give him a harsh warn and let the game resume.

On the second, we all know Paul Emerick is a thug (remember that homicidal spear tackle on Olly Barkley in the 2007 world cup?) and he basically launched himself into the ball carrier. No arms, yellow. Let the game continue.

Please refs, let us play.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Chris Ashton's huge hit on Gio Aplon and Ryan Kankowski's on Thomas Waldrom

Obviously if you're asking Ashton to make a big hit it must be on SA's smallest player, Aplon. I really hope he doesn't future for the Lions next year, who knows what he'll do.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

South Africa beat New Zealand to win the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship

The red cards situation was weird, after a lineout a maul was formed and the south african lock Willemse pulled the NZ's prop dreadlocks, which he answered with something of a clumsy punch, more of a slap if you ask me. Then the ref asked the touch judge what had happened and then proceeded to give away two reds. The game was so intense and good it wasn't affected by it though haha.

All and all it was a brilliant game. Surely some future adult internationals imo (Serfontein, Pollard, Liebenberg, Kitshoff, Pretorius were maginficent for SA as were Keresoma, Mckenzie, West and the No. 8 for NZ). It's odd to think that Sam Cane could have been playing there but instead he was scoring two for the All Blacks! Just shows you what NZ rugby is all about.

I think the level of this junior championships ir rising every year, and make sure you watch the second tier WC, the Junior World Rugby Trophy, currently being played in the US.

Cheers!

1 Year, 10 Months ago

 
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