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Three red cards in heated Leicester Tigers vs Bath battle at Welford Road

This raises the question of whether the TMO watches the game live? or just sits there twiddling his fingers waiting for the call, which may/may never come? He must be lonely, and bloodey good at Sudoku's!

Because if he IS watching the game then his decision will undoubtedly be influenced by a number of factors that could work for/against teams. And I feel that removes the objectivity that should come from all TMO's. Not to mention the pressure of making quick calls what with the TMO being used more and more and managers, players and spectators wanting fast flowing matches leading to rash calls. I'd rather be an Air Traffic controller myself, less stressful.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Three red cards in heated Leicester Tigers vs Bath battle at Welford Road

Fine line for refs between being soft and being hypochondriacs......

2 Years, 7 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

Strange, I totally forgot to mention Scotland and Italy....

2 Years, 7 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

Man I miss the Chiropractor..... But Henry and Freddy Tuilagi will suffice i guess ;)

As to the strange footnote:

Are you not a fan of Gatland? I think he is a top coach and has done wonders for them, he leaves for family reasons or whatever and boom, they hit rock bottom. I think the players are more to blame than the management. Again, lets see if they can get themselves out of this rut come the 6 nations.

As for England, I think you're still struggling at 10, and whoever is at 9 is inconsistent, if brilliant at times. I thought Launchbery had a superb game and Robshaw gets a tough time as the Captain but is has a class rugby brain on him. Tuilagi and barret are a bit one dimensional and if you're up to them physically they don't present much of a threat, but that is a big IF. But brown was exceptional, always makes ground, always runs hard and great lines. But yes after the AB's win, tails are up....and as the same for the rest, will just have to see 6 nations holds too see if it was a fluke or a change in the wind. And it will be interesting as I can see a powerful French team, a rejuvenated Irish team and a Welsh team with a point to prove coming hard and fast at them!


2 Years, 7 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

Just a wee dip into History pages....NZ have come down with food poisoning on more than one occasion. Most notably the final of the 1995 RWC where the food poisoning source was heavily debated. Yet they still went on to perform to a level which no one could question was impeded by their supposed poisoning. Even if they did lose to a Joel Stransky drop goal in extra time....one of the best world cups to date in my opinion. (not at all bias views from a Zimbo/safa neighbour)

However I had food poisoning last month and I was dead to the world for at least 3 days so the fact they not only recovered but played an international test is testament to their professionalism and their staff for getting them ready. Equally the way in which Richie and Hanson presented themselves was incredibly gracious, should be commended AND replicated in other sports....especially those with round balls!

This game and what followed is definitely bigging up men with odd shaped balls!

2 Years, 7 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

Hear hear! or is it Here here!....aye, who knows but I agree!

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

/\ Quoting Bill McLarens famous quotes!

And my vote for worst commentator goes to Bobby Skinstad...and that's from one Zimbo to another! Just doesn't have a way with words that man...

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

He jumped like a border salmon in a river!

He kicked that ball like it were three pounds o’ haggis.

He’s like a demented ferret up a wee drainpipe.

He's like Bambi on speed

They're rucking like rutting stags! (my personal favourite)

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

I'll get my coat too then because I chuckled.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

Just as a footnote to say Wales management is actually spot on, England is still down as *TBC*

2 Years, 7 Months ago