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Residency laws changed as 'Project Players' may be a thing of the past

Heinz is in under the grandparent rule, apparently. Another rule I personally dislike. If a player has an eligible grandparent, I would still require a residency period, though probably a reduced one.

On a side-issue, Brian Moore's podcast suggested the possibility of a shorter residency period to qualify for a tier 2 nation, as a leg-up exercise. Not a bad thought, IMHO.

3 Months, 5 Days ago

Scotland end 10 year drought with famous win over Wales

I vote Itoje. He's the captain of my heart.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

Farrell comes off well here. A lot of people dislike him, but he's no cry baby.

6 Months, 3 Days ago

South Africa blitz Fiji to break Wellington 7s drought

Some great stuff here. And great to see Scotland and Canada doing so well too.

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Nemani Nadolo goes full beast mode to demolish Northampton Saints

Itoje has the same humble-religious streak. So much harder to hate the humble guys!

6 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Saracens secure draw with hard fought Chris Ashton try in extra time

I thought that was brilliant from Sarries, and especially from Farrell – two clean line breaks in a minute, and a clear head when it counted.

And on a side-issue: with all England's back row injuries, why isn't Jackson Wray in with a shout?

7 Months, 18 Hours ago

More Maro Itoje brilliance on display as he blocks a kick with his foot

Maro's nuts would burst the ball.

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Australia's Women claim historic Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics

Question for the Kiwis on here:
My understanding was that it is culturally inappropriate for women to perform a haka (since their role is different in powhiris etc.) and I see them doing do here. Is this a live issue in NZ, or has it been settled now?

1 Year, 1 Week ago

Super Rugby Highlights feed - Round 16

I can't believe that a fully professional team can concede 80+ points. That's so far beyond embarrassing that I'm not sure the right word even exists.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Georgia: Are rugby's Tier 1.5 nation ready for another step up?

All the rambling arguing on this post seems to be about the Six Nations being reshaped, but I don't think that is the main point. At the moment Georgia can barely get a game against the Tier 1 nations, so we have no means of knowing exactly how good they are, and they have no great chance to stretch themselves and advance.

I'm looking forward to the game against Scotland this Autumn.

1 Year, 1 Month ago