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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.

9 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.

9 Months, 1 Week ago

Jacques Burger's tackling masterclass on Rugby Tonight

From where I'm standing, Burger is one of the best overseas signings a Premiership team has ever made (though I'm open to more suggestions!). Absolutely whole-hearted in every way; glad he's fit again.

9 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Georgia stun Samoa in historic game in Tbilisi

I love the pride and respect on show - this kind of video makes me hopeful for the world, not just rugby. Well done Georgia, well done Samoa.

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies - George Ford's Innovative Kick

Bath look like they have the core of a very strong all-round team - good news.

Ford is a great signing (along with Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson etc.) and will be top-level before long. Has anyone seen how his defensive game is coming along? He's certainly beefed up a bit since leaving his teens, but never seems to get low enough in the tackle.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

George North sets up great try but Gloucester sneak controversional win

When Twelvetrees kicked away that piece of possession to North (even in his own 22), you could hear the groan from the home-crowd. Never kick it to North!

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Mark Andrews gets nailed by Dan Hyde in 2004 Barbarians match

I like big props and I cannot lie.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

James Horwill cleared after alleged stamp on Alun-Wyn Jones in first Test

"George North deliberately pushed Israel Folau"

... who had the ball in his hands.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

James Horwill cleared after alleged stamp on Alun-Wyn Jones in first Test

End of the series for Horwell: intentional stamp (as opposed to rucking the player off the ball, which I never have a problem with), and no mitigating factors like provocation.

Plus, stamping on the face of a prone man is nasty, dangerous, and cowardly.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Wales and England to meet in Junior World Championship final

What is that lovely pattering sound after each score?
Could it be APPLAUSE?!

Who'd have thought that rugby could be played without pointless celebratory music being played at every available moment?

1 Year, 5 Months ago

 
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