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Waratahs win Super Rugby title after nail-biting thriller with the Crusaders

It's definitely poor from Joubert. He clearly says, "You're not the tackler" to McCaw, which is nonsense.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Northampton Saints beat Saracens at the death in the Aviva Premiership Final

Side-note: I thought it was fascinating to see how the teams approached extra-time. The packs were both out on their feet, so for the first period it was mainly backs and kicking, and the penalties came because supporting players couldn't get to the breakdown quickly enough. However, when Northampton switched to pick-and-drive at the end. Saracens couldn't hold the gain-line (as they had done all match) and were taken back, and back, and back.

Bearing in mind extra-time may come into play at the World Cup, I thought that was interesting to see.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Seven of the Best Tries PLUS Highlights from the London Sevens

'Look at the hands, look at the HANDS'

I love it when the commentators are having a great time (plus I always loved Nigel Starmer-Smith).

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Canadian Conor Trainor's sublime foot control at the Glasgow Sevens

Chapeau, sir!

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

Selecting Priestland confuses the heck out of me: thoroughly thoroughly average, in pretty much every department. I think we can all assume that James Hook doesn't fit into Gatland's model (ie. he has too many ideas of his own), but it's a shame that such natural talent is being wasted. Ditto Henson (ooh, controversial!).

I'm not a Phillips fan - at all - but nevertheless it was always going to be a big ask for Webb to turn up at Twickenham behind a pressurised pack and look the part.

The other surprising thing for me about Wales on Sunday is that they looked heavily fatigued - gasping - from an early stage. The length of time taken for each lineout was indicative. Two or three years ago, stamina was one of a strong team's strongest points.

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Georgia and Romania Rugby World Cup 2015 qualification highlights

How can any rugby fan not adore Georgian rugby?! Their passion for the game is magnificent.

And the Russian hooker's mullet is a beaut too.

7 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

Yeah, I hope he'll get a guard of honour - his last game at HQ, and record-equalling too. There's never a wrong time to show respect for a true great.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

Scott Williams injures shoulder making big hit on Brian O'Driscoll

In many ways Williams was doing exactly the right thing - trying impose himself on his opposing number at the first opportunity. The irony of coming off worse from a borderline-illegal hit is kinda delicious though.

And by the way, how flipping good was Rory Best's throwing on Saturday? Greatly improved.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

England retain Calcutta Cup after dominant performance at Murrayfield

I don't see Tuilagi starting with no match-practice. More like a 60th minute replacement to scare the life out of a tiring defence.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

England retain Calcutta Cup after dominant performance at Murrayfield

In the Telegraph it quoted Johnson as saying that the plan was to kick, 'to turn England'. As you point out, that was a crap plan, carried out badly.

You mentioned fly-half: why is Duncan Weir being picked when he offers so little? Last 6N Ruaridh Jackson played most of the games and did pretty well, while Tom Heathcote is yet to be called up in spite of having more potential than any of them.

8 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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