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Sam Burgess throws his body around in the Montpellier mud

I think that's what the commentators were getting at. He doesn't know how to tackle in union. He's too used to shoulder charges. Tackling in league is different to union not only because of the different rules about wrapping your arms but also because there's no ruck to worry about for the attacker and the defender so you don't need to think about your support and what effect your interaction will have on them.

1 Week, 3 Days ago

Sam Burgess throws his body around in the Montpellier mud

Probably the most banal couple of non-events that I've ever seen. People seem desperate not to admit that Burgess was hyped up far too much and will never be able to live up to the expectations that people have of him. Making a highlights video of him pushing someone into touch and messing up a tackle is the proof.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Donncha O'Callaghan banned for two weeks for kick to head

Bloody idiot. Kicking at a loose ball is one thing but swinging your big hoof at someone who still has the ball in his arms at the bottom of a ruck is just stupid and dangerous. I suppose he feels like he has to take risks to make an impact considering that he doesn't get much game time, but that's just not on.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Jean De Villiers injury might rule him out of Rugby World Cup 2015

Poor guy. Hope he makes it back on time, but I equally hope he's not rushed back so that he can play and then suffer for it later in life.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Sam Burgess makes his rugby union debut in Bath win over Harlequins

I'd pay money to see either of them go up against a half-decent boxer who isn't old or a has-been and see them get destroyed.

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Great sportsmanship from 19 year old Portuguese 7's player vs Fiji

Good man, Bello!

3 Weeks, 11 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Home refereeing? After watching the World Cup 2011 I can assure you that home refereeing will never be a factor in a world cup - yeah right!

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

I was more surprised about England's first try being awarded. A Samoan player was blatantly taken out by Barrett, then a nice forward pass and they're in. It wasn't even a case of Barrett running a good dummy line and committing the defender - he just ploughed into him and knocked him to the ground.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

Am I the only one not convinced by the Canadian try? I mean, off first-phase ball, there's a 3-on-1? That just shouldn't happen. The quality of the play surely has to be taken into account for this award, and if you can easily work a 3-on-1 straight off a scrum without any intricate passing or offloading, then scoring a length-of-the-field try isn't exactly rocket science.

Then, Harvey's run kind of reminds me of the Chris Ashton try against Australia, where he just ran in a straight line for ages, then cut back inside to beat the defender and then scored. I didn't think that one required too much skill or timing, and this one seems to be essentially the same thing.

Hougaard's on the other hand had everything: good stepping to get over the gain line, good rucking, a chip kick and gather (always look well when they work), offload in the tackle, another offload and then a mazy run to beat the last defenders.

4 Weeks, 16 Hours ago

The International Rugby Board rebrands, changes name to World Rugby

Are you joking? About a quarter of all the footage of people playing rugby were of women playing it. Whether you like it or not, very few people care about women's rugby at all, and they represent a tiny, tiny fraction of the global player base and interest, so I'd say if anything, they're wildly overrepresented in this video.

China makes up nearly a third of the world's population but I didn't see the Chinese team in it even once.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

 
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