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The Greatest Opening Six Nations Matches Ever

2012 Six Nations: Ireland 21-23 Wales - Isn't that the match where Wales won with a last-minute penalty for a non-existent tip tackle that the IRB later said shouldn't have been given? 'Great' isn't the word I'd use for a match decided in the last minute by a crap refereeing decision. I'd say 'travesty' would be more appropriate.

2 Days, 17 Hours ago

Throwback Thursday - When Sebastien Chabal took on the All Blacks

Oddly enough I think a Chabal is actually what the French team is missing. He was a poor, poor player, but he gave an image and an aura to a team that today is severely lacking in character. For all his flaws, sometimes teams need iconic figures like Chabal to rally around.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Ashley Johnson's huge hit on Bryan Habana at the Stade Mayol

Am I the only one who thinks the real point of note is that Habana had two defenders block his path and he didn't dive? I don't know if he just forgot to or if he's turned over a new leaf.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Hugo Bonneval scores great individual try against Toulouse

Really? A chip and chase qualifies as a 'great individual try' now? Are we that desperate?

4 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Friday Funnies: Awkward RWC 2015 press conference proves Scotland's South African born prop does not play the bagpipes!

Generally the suffix 'born' is used when someone grew up in a certain place but was born elsewhere. If WP Nel was born in South Africa, raised in South Africa, and moved to Scotland as an adult, he's not South African-born - he's South African full stop.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

It seems like the only feasible option!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

To the people that claim Rhodes tackle isn't bad and is just a fraction early, I'd like to remind you that Trimble actually lands on his shoulder/neck area before anywhere else, therefore he's 'taken through the horizontal'. As well as that, it doesn't matter if Rhodes was 'only' half a second early, because Trimble was only in the air for 1 or 2 seconds, so half a second is a relatively large amount of time.

By the letter of the law it so should have been a red card. You could even make the argument that the laws aren't sufficient for what Payne did, because the laws talk about tackling people in the air, not recklessly and accidentally clashing with them.

Either Ulster were screwed over and Saracens treated fairly, or Ulster were treated fairly and Saracens got off lightly. Either way, the difference in treatment is as clear as day.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

They're so comparable though. Same teams, same venue, box kick, guy takes out jumping player in the air, only 4 minutes gone, French referee stops and decided the punishment. The only difference is that one was accidental and resulted in a nasty fall, one was on purpose and thankfully resulted in a less nasty fall.

Well, the other difference is that Ulster a lost a possible Heineken Cup, and Saracens lost nothing.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Schalk Brits brilliant stepping sets up Chris Ashton try for Saracens

The problem is that 'making their life' is obviously an inevitable part of working there. I mean, you can't just work somewhere and not live there and make a life for yourself. The fact is that Brits was offered a big contract to play for an English team which he accepted, and that's perfectly fine, but accepting a contract shouldn't be enough to say, "Ok, now he's living and working in England like a real English person, so he should be allowed to play for England".

Even in soccer you have to have a passport from that country, so at least there's some proof that you have a strong link there, but in rugby it's just 3 years of having been paid to work there. I just think it's madness. It just means national teams will continue to poach South Africans and Fijians.

2 Months, 3 Days ago

Schalk Brits brilliant stepping sets up Chris Ashton try for Saracens

Am I the only one who thinks it's embarrassing to have someone not even from your country and whose only link is a work contract act as one of the 15 representatives of your country in international rugby? I know it happens in pretty much every national team now, but I'd prefer to have my countrymen represent the country even if they're not as good as the South African import. I know it's not very politically correct because we're all equal and we should all have the same opportunities and all that crap, but, if something's not popular it doesn't mean it's not right.

2 Months, 6 Days ago