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Beauden Barrett wins IRPA Try of the Year 2013 for try against France

Completely agree with Eddie G.

Quick and easy experiment for anyone who wants forward passes to be judged relative to the field. Next time you are training, run at full tilt from your 22, when you cross the half way line, pass the ball backwards as if you had a support runner maybe 2 metres deeper than you. See where the ball lands.

Unless you're not very quick you might be surprised

5 Months, 5 Days ago

The Top 5 Swan Dives of all time

Can I just point something out to highlight the kind of unjustified bashing Ashton gets.

1st post - "Ashton behaves like an arrogant tool, I cant wait for his dives to backfire.

This should be something saved for something special, an important match winner or milestone, not something you do every time you score."

This post - "but when I first saw his break at the WC where I went past Aus down the touchline I thought that he looked like a great winger, then he dived over and it spoiled it"

If going 90m and skinning three Aussies at Twickenham isn't a special moment, I don't know what is.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

England power past Scotland to retain Calcutta Cup at Twickenham

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/20678729

Scroll down to the stats comparing all the home nations opensides. That's why SL is England coach and not you.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Will Genia's awkward post-match interview after injuring his knee

Tough luck on the injury, such an innocuous looking landing. Wish him a speedy recovery, it's a big loss before what will be a tough test against the pumas tomorrow. Also good on him for apologising at the end, a lot of guys would have just walked off and forgotten about it. Good lad.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Two big hits from the Highlanders vs the Chiefs

Is it just me or is the physio saying 'go down, go down' to the prop after the second hit. Potentially to try and prevent a card, or am I being overly cynical?

Personally I think no more than a pen for the second hit, a touch lazy but nothing more.

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Try Savers & Rib Breakers 12 - Rugby World Cup 2011 Edition

So glad this is back! The TSRB series is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best series of vids on the internet.

Particularly enjoyed some of the Try Savers in that compilation, I love that never say die attitude to hold a man up over the line.

2 Years, 3 Months ago

John Afoa suspended for four weeks for dangerous tackle

I'm fed up of the 'he was lucky not to be injured' or 'lucky not to have broken his neck' lines. Name me one 'tip tackle' which has been punished in the last year or so where a player has broken/injured anything.

There have been an awful lot of ridiculous bans/red cards, a lot of them featured here on RD, can't bring to mind any where the recipient was seriously injured. Despite the amount of people who harp on about 'he could have broken his neck'

2 Years, 3 Months ago

Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

I ruled out Toby Flood as he went to a very well to do school in the North East.

I stand corrected on the Shed. As an ex bricklayer playing for sale I assumed he was northern.

I was replying mainly due to buzzs' tone suggesting that all England players were Eton educated stereotypical 'Tim nice but dim' types.

2 Years, 3 Months ago

Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

Guess I'm mad. I'm going to wade in here because I think touting the SH as better athletes is a bit one eyed, and you seem to have a very outdated view on English rugby RE your 'posh boys' sentiment.

First i'll start with a few points I agree on. Players of Polynesian descent do seem to have perfect genetics for rugby, in that respect teams with more polynesian players will be a bit more physical and dynamic in the loose. Also I think that the culture in NZ does lend itself to a faster game with basic skills being developed earlier than in the NH.

But! I think your first issue is with how you are defining the superiority of these athletes. By strength, I think NH packs have a lot more static strength than their SH counterparts. Sheridan could match up pretty respectively with a lot of powerlifters. By speed, a few English club players could have had a career in sprinting. Ugo Monye, Topsy Ojo (anyone remember him) and Marcel Garvey all have insane PB's in 100m.

I think you are basing the 'superior althete' argument on the fact that they play a more open game in the SH and so their players (especially the forwards) are conditioned to be a touch leaner and more dynamic. Whereas in the NH, where the forward battle is a huge aspect of the game, monster forwards are a bit more of a commodity.

Finally as for you saying we pick posh boys. I'm going to name some members of recent England squads who are proud northerners like myself.

Ben Foden
Chris Ashton
Richard Wigglesworth
Geoff Parling
David Strettle
Andrew Sheridan
Marc Cueto
Owen Farrell
Charlie Hodgson

2 Years, 3 Months ago

England defeat France in Paris in Six Nations classic

Erm... You realise Eddie Butler is Welsh right. And Brian Moore is pretty fair I think. Care to point out the one-sided comments in this clip?

And yeah it was Ashton who tackled Rougerie, great hands from Farrell with the pickup swivel and offload too.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

 
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