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LIONS WATCH: Ben Te’o the unlikely hero

I don't see how Flutey's situation is so different to Teo's. Teo is a cross-code player who played most of his life in New Zealand and Australia, representing an under-age New Zealand team, then Samoa in league, then went to play in Ireland, now England, and was then picked for England and now the Lions. So that's a list of two sports, five countries, and three national sides. He's hardly an example to admire if Flutey is a disgrace.

Also, the idea that players who qualify on residency grounds being committed to their new country is laughable. I'd say 99% of players like that are committed to their job of playing rugby, which happens to be in country X, and then country X asks them to play for the national team. That's their link to the country - a work contract - and only by chance will some stay and set up roots.

3 Days, 10 Hours ago

LIONS WATCH: Conor Murray in driving spot for No 9 shirt

I don't think Sexton is lacking in defence though. Ok, Farrell is the best defensive 10 around, but I'd never say Sexton is weak in defence. His continuous concussions are evidence of the fact that he doesn't shy away from his defensive duties, and even his reading in defence is normally spot on.

I think Teo would be a bad idea. He's big, yeah, but how much experience does he have at test level? Personally, I think the All Blacks would run rings around him. When you have a new centre partnership it's always a bit iffy, but when you add to that the fact that half of your partnership has barely ever played at centre at test level...

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

In this kind of situation I really wish that the offending player would land some absolute haymakers rather than crappy punches like this. At least the other guy would be taught a lesson, and the citing committees always look at the act rather than the intensity of the act.

Also, it's absurd that only penalties are given for holding back opposition players. It's off-the-ball obstruction and should be a yellow card to discourage people from doing it. Otherwise the risk is practically non-existent, and it will cause opposing players to lash out.

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Eben Etzebeth takes on Sonny Bill Williams and Akira Ioane

If he didn't fix all his boxing matches against old has-beens you probably would see him get knocked out.

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Waisake Naholo and RG Snyman both banned after red cards for shoulders

Hear hear. Snyman is an absolute idiot and criminal for doing something like that. He could have broken the guy's neck, nose and face, and if I had been his coach I would have absolutely berated him afterwards.

Naholo's isn't as bad, but is a shoulder charge to the face really a one-week ban? A tip tackle gets you banned for months but shouldering someone in the face is just one week? Or maybe it's the fact that they don't want to ban any All Blacks before the Lions series.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Ruan Pienaar bids tearful farewell to Ulster after seven years in Belfast

There's a difference though. Didn't you hear that Payne is Irish now? He worked in the country for three years so he automatically became Irish. Pienaar had the misfortune in this situation to have played for South Africa, which impeded his ability to become as Irish as Payne.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Pascal Pape and Wenceslas Lauret red carded after tense Paris derby brawl

Wow, Pape is a really class act. The sport of rugby will really miss him. No, but joking aside, it seems fitting that his last act playing at home will be remembered as him punching an unsuspecting person and getting red-carded.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

That brutal 30 seconds of collisions between Wales and Ireland

Rob Kearney showing why he's consistently picked. A rock in defence against both wingers.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Nicolas Sanchez banned for dangerous challenge after only being penalised

Jesus that is terrible. More than that rat Sanchez though I hope that the referee gets in big trouble for this display of total incompetence. Just mistimed his jump? Give me a break.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Fraser McKenzies comes off second best in Tommy Bowe collision

I bet he won't be blocking anyone else anytime soon. Hard to have sympathy for the guy when his own cheating is the cause of the injury.

4 Months, 4 Days ago