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Gavin Hastings picks his British & Irish Lions starting XV for 2013

Generally in line with what I would suggest, but I do take issue to some things.

I think it's crazy to leave out Warburton, and I don't think Lawes is playing to Lions standard at the moment. In the centres I'd for sure bring BOD along but I don't know if I'd give him the start. And as for the wing, I do think Tommy Bowe or maybe Christian Wade ought to be given more attention.

In pretty much all of these issues I think it comes down to being spoilt for choice - the wings he's got there would also be good, but putting in either bowe or wade would probably be just as effective. Six and one half dozen the other...

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Shane Williams in Japan - Catch up with the Welsh legend

Great vid. Glad to see the little guy enjoying himself. Also great to see a little more about Japanese rugby.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Friday Funnies - Referee Romain Poite caught in front of the kicker

hahaha mr poite seems like a funny guy. Took it in stride and didn't get too embarrassed about it. We've all seen a ref get in the way, it happens. Not a big deal

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Canterbury claim fifth successive title with ITM Cup Final win over Auckland

As far as the first controversial call goes, without a replay it doesn't seem too intentional, and he does play it afterwards. Besides, penalty tries should be awarded very sparingly and only when it is absolutely clear that a try would have been scored. Who's to say there wouldn't have been an errant pass or something like that?

As far as the second one goes, it does look like the ruck had collapsed, and over to the side no less. I agree with the ref's justification. It seems like he was saying "no" when the ball was still in the ruck but then came out when the ruck ceased to be.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Francois Trinh-Duc creates magical try for Julien Tomas vs Sale

I'm really impressed by the patience to let the ball bounce favourably after his up-and-under.
Not so impressed by the Sale defence and how they just resign themselves to a line break

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Christopher Tolofua cited following red card for tip-tackle against Treviso

Definitely intentional. You don't grab someone around the legs like that and lift up by accident. Deserved citation, and given it was the second card in the match for him, I wouldn't be surprised if he sees a ban for this. It's right in front of the ref too. Pretty daft if you ask me

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Heineken Cup 2012 Best Tries - Round 1

Agreed, especially on that Treviso try, as well as the last defender(s) Pienaar had to beat. Hardly stepped them at all and they both open up like the red sea

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Wallabies hold All Blacks to dramatic draw as record goes begging

Hard to comment as a neutral on this match. No tries makes for some slow going, but it finished well - nothing like a bit of tension and injury time. I also am somewhat glad to see the record go un-broken. I have nothing against the All Blacks, nor for the Wallabies, but I think it's kinda cool how Lithuania has the world record. It's just so...unexpected...

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Sonny Bill Williams in Japan - Panasonic Wild Knights vs Yamaha

You shouldn't expect Super Rugby quality play in all countries of the world...speaking from another tier 2 country, I'd kill to have a professional league anywhere near this quality. It's still a developing sport in a country like Japan, so let's try and take a global perspective to this

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Sonny Bill Williams in Japan - Panasonic Wild Knights vs Yamaha

Man, Yamada seems like quite the player. And I like the crowd interaction from the teams at the end. I really wish I could watch more Japanese Rugby, but I can't seem to find any websites/channels that will broadcast the games. Pity

1 Year, 9 Months ago

 
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