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Chat with League convert Sam Burgess upon his arrival at Bath Rugby

Is he really comparable to Sonny Bill Williams? Williams' one trait of note (albeit massively effective) was his ability to offload in the tackle, but unless I'm mistaken he's not really above average for anything else. Unless Burgess is also able to offload as effectively (I don't watch league so I don't know) then the only thing they have in common is a shared league background. From watching videos of Burgess he seems to just be massive and can break through tackles really well, which is not at all the way Williams plays.

Williams' offloading is pretty unique and is effective against anyone he plays. Burgess's power though isn't exactly unique, and if he plays against Jamie Roberts or Mathieu Bastareaud that power will just be negated. As well, the Youtube montages of his tackles are all just league-style shoulder charges, so he'll probably just end up getting a load of yellow cards in union. That's the impression I get, anyway. Maybe I'll be very wrong in a few months' time.

9 Hours, 5 Minutes ago

Metuisela Talebula brilliant finish to 90m try in London Welsh thrashing

Well, more and more, that could actually be applied to rugby as well. Unfortunately the days of being able to ridicule soccer for diving are coming to an end. Thank you Bryan Habana.

3 Days, 8 Hours ago

All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

Isaak, I thought you were just being paranoid making that claim, but in the end it turns out that you're a genius. Fair play.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Richard Hibbard and Sione Kalamafoni double hit on Brad Barritt

I think Barritt is one of a number of players that your point could be applied to. I remember Jeff Wilson saying that a difference between rugby today and rugby twenty years ago is that back then players ran at space and tried to avoid tackles; now they run at players and try to win the collision.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Ben Flower red carded for vicious punching at start of Super League Grand Final

Until reading your comment I actually hadn't realised what had happened. The guy is obstructing Flowers a bit, but as you said, on 1.18 Flowers appears to clothesline him or strike him in some way to remove the obstacle. I thought he had just pushed him, which would have been fine, but on closer inspection that's not the case at all.

So essentially what really started this was Flowers elbowing/striking the guy and what finished it was him cracking him one while he was defenceless on the ground. Any sympathy I had for him has vanished.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Argentina beat the Wallabies to claim first ever win in Rugby Championship

It's not suspicious in the slightest. The IRB rankings are extremely transparent and a full explanation can be found on the website. If Argentina went up two places in the rankings it's because the two teams ahead of them weren't very far ahead of them to begin with, and beating a team as highly ranked as Australia gave an abnormally large boost to their ranking points.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Naked streaker starts mass brawl after tackling Varsity match winger

Do you not think he took it a bit far by actually interfering with the play? One thing is going on at a break in play and running around a bit, but another is actually interfering with play and putting one team at a disadvantage.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Springboks edge All Blacks in another thriller between the two rivals

If South Africa weas the home team, why is New Zealand the team on the left side of the scoreboard? Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought the standard for any sport was to have home team on the left and away team on the right.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Honey Badger Nick Cummins stars in new Head & Shoulders commercial

Fair enough Ant. You must speak in a language only you understand because what you said seems mostly like gibberish to me. Sorry if me not finding him entertaining makes me ignorant.

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Honey Badger Nick Cummins stars in new Head & Shoulders commercial

Am I the only one who's just sick of this guy by now? He was mildly entertaining for a spell because of the odd things he said, but I found that that got very repetitive, and now that he's in Japan and his top-flight career is effectively over I find that I care even less. He seems like a nice guy and everything, but, I just don't understand why people still revere him as some sort of comedy God.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

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