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A fascinating look, and listen, at Christian Lealiifano mic'd up during a match

I'd be starting Giteau or Toomua ahead of him at 12, and Cooper or Foley ahead of him at fly half.

The most tackles one sounds good, but that could be because teams constantly run down his channel because they perceive him as weak tackler. The kicking stats make sense.

I can't understand the amount of metres he's made or the amount of carries- anyone care to try and explain that? I'd have thought given his physique he rarely be used as a carrier

2 Years, 11 Months ago

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

Looks particularly guilty at around 1:00 into the video.

Personally, I don't think it's worth a huge ban, but definitely a small one. Seeing Hartley do this is particularly frustrating because these attempts at intimidation add very little to his game: he's no Bakkies Botha, and let's be honest, he's in the team for lineouts and the occasional scrum - England don't require him for much else other than the occasional pick and go

3 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Fijian powerhouse winger Taqele Naiyaravoro signed by Glasgow Warriors

Clarification: please don't take that as a Daily Mail reader criticism of Johnny Foreigner, I just feel like being Welsh/Irish/French etc. takes more than just living there for 3 years - I'd love to see that rule be extended to 7 years

3 Years, 4 Weeks ago

Fijian powerhouse winger Taqele Naiyaravoro signed by Glasgow Warriors

I agree it's a problem, but those pacific nations just don't have the funds or the crowds or the regular competitive internationals...

I thought that having the Pacific Islanders rugby team as a lions-style collection of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa would make them a force, but politics seemed to get in the way. It's a shame really, as it would be really good for the game to have another top-tier nation, and stop these players having to come and play in England etc

3 Years, 4 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

All I would argue is that it's a home world cup, he's a world class player, and even if he doesn't start, he'd be a threat coming off the bench.

If his crime was enough for him to be sacked, he would have been sacked. If his crime was enough for him to have gone to jail, he would have gone to jail. He's paid his fine and said he's sorry - whilst I agree that it was a overwhelming stupid thing for him to do, I don't see why Lancaster must also impose an extra punishment.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

This is a travesty! If he is fit he has to be picked! Leaving out Armitage is bad enough, but this is on a whole new level.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Toulon set for yet another final following tense victory over Leinster

It was a really poor game to watch. Slippy ball meant that the game stopped every 30 seconds; the one time either side did try to spread the ball, Habana took his interception. I hope top level rugby will see more tries than this in the World Cup, because seeing Leinster and Saracens not even score a try (and Toulon not scoring one until extra time) was almost painful.

Question: What if tries were worth more points? eg. an unconverted try= 7points and a converted one=9? Would that encourage more attacking rugby?

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Ireland take Six Nations 2015 title after dramatic day in tournament's history

I went all tournament thinking 'defences are on top, the game needs to evolve to allow for more tries'. Then there were over 50 points scored in all three matches!

I've all been blaming the rule makers, but it is conservative coaching philosophies that are the issue; the players have got the skills and need to be allowed to take risks by the people in charge.

Hopefully this is a watershed moment for Northern Hemisphere rugby, where the importance/ease of scoring tries is realised

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Six of the Best Hits and Tackles from Round 3 of the Six Nations

Vunipola was offside. Good tackle, but the problem with people not getting back on before they chase is that it encourages kicking. (Attwood is also off)

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

4) was holding me back!

Wigglesworth has got an absolutely superb pass, and his box kicking is equal to Young's. It's also worth pointing out that he did make a break in the short time he was on- I'm pretty sure Young's didn't but I might be wrong... Also, the speed with which Wigg'wth gets the ball away from the breakdown might alleviate some of the pressure on Ford and allow the backs to stop being so flat.

Having said all of the above,I agree with you that he's not inspiring, and I'd much rather see Care or (preferably) Simpson in front of them all!

3 Years, 3 Months ago