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O2 Inside Line: Episode 3, Season 3

As in most times, I have to agree with stroudos. I can't really see what's so wrong with these boys relaxing between training sessions, or why would you call them footballers with no camaraderie. Honestly, if anything they seem contrived by being on camera and with this appealing woman conducting the proceedings. Think about your trips with your rugby team, or when you go out at night. I think most of us would have a couple of stories of "midget-tossing-in-new-zealand" level. Even knowing they are professionals, they remain human. They have an extremelly demanding job in terms of physical and even mental stress, coupled with a huge pressure to perform individually and collectively. At the end of the day they are entitled to blow off some steam, provided they keep a notion of decency. Despite all the problems they had, I thought the RWC edition of Inside Line was brilliant. Full of banter, some comedy bits, camaraderie, as you say (no better teambuilding than almost crapping your pants in this huge bungee jump or in a vintage car trip). I have to agree that Heally was better as a better option. He knows how a team works, the players respect him and he himself is a cheeky bastard. Also, even if not at a conscious level, the fact that Healy is a guy and that Layla is a girl causes huge changes in attitude from the players and how relaxed they are during the "proceedings"

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Midweek Madness - How to get the opposition prop sent off

Gonçalo Uva, the nr 5, is 2,01m and 112kg, currently playing lock for Montpellier

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Midweek Madness - How to get the opposition prop sent off

No, stroudos, portuguese all the way.
Couldn't catch the match, so I can't really tell what was the reason the scrap between fernandes and the scrumhalf, but there should be a card for the chilean prop. But while I think the red was fair for that stupid hotead fernandes, regardless of if he landed the headbutt or not (and I hope he doesn't get banned, he's a usefull player), the chilean prop went in and continued the fight actually landing some blows (the degree of sissyness and ridicule of a blow should not change the fact that he deserves punishment, as it is promoting the fight to continue, as it did, since he wound up the hairy prop). That should be followed by a yellow, as we have seen happen many times in club and international rugby

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Midweek Madness - How to get the opposition prop sent off

The push is illegal and the chilean landed a couple of jabs and slaps (lame, sissy ones, but still illegal). And even if he was trying to clear the hairy prop, he is doing it illegally AND from the side. The correct thing would have been red and yellow for the stupid ass portuguese prop (who is lucky if he doesnt get a ban) and the sissy wind up artist chilean respectivelly

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Midweek Madness - How to get the opposition prop sent off

I love it how the portuguese prop gets a card for his headbutt (deserved that) but the chilean guy with his cheapshot pushes, teasing and girly slaps gets nothing. Maybe the referee thought that his slaps were too ridiculous and that it was penalty enough for him to be on tv doing that? Either way, he was the initiator and should also be sent off (even if the infractions weren't in the same degree). Good to see the rest of my contrymen decided to respond by kicking their buttocks both in the game and in the rankings

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Gavin Hastings picks his British & Irish Lions starting XV for 2013

Ok, from 1 to 15...
5- Lawes? I'd go with O'Connel or Brad Davies, either one a tough as nails, old school lock, to balance Richie Gray's natural athleticism
7- Sam Warburton for Robshaw, who is a much quieter leader, as oposed to Warburton, a Dusatoir type captain.
8- Easter? Don't know what have you been smoking, gavin, but I want some. I'd go with Faletau, Morgan or Denton, but not Heaslip. He is one of my favourite players, but he hasn't been imposing himself on his oposite number for quite a while and either on strength (Palu) or skill (Samo) he'll be left for dead.
9- Care? Have we forgotten what happened last time Phillips played for the Lions? No scrummie really stands out, but he seems slightly better, and has a better chance to contain Genia.
12/13-What?!?!?!? Playing Davies at 12 to accomodate Drico at 13? I've said it before, no disrespect, but Drico won't be starting in the tests, no way. Have you forgotten the 2 best centers in the NH? Roberts at 12 and Tuilagi at 13 might work like SBW and Nonu. Roberts certainly has the skills to distribute the ball instead of bashing all the time, and on size these two are a tough combo for ANY side.
15- Byrne? Aren't you forgetting a man that goes by the name of Rob Kearney? The standout fullback of the 6N? Hmmmm? Anyone?

8/7 Welsh, 3 Irish, 3/2 English and 2 Scots is heavy on the welsh side, but bar when france decides to click, they are the best NH side by a mile. I've allways been for picking the best player for each position regardless of the number of players selected by nation. No point in moking the saffa quota system if we do the same with the Lions, right? With this team the Lions can beat anyone, even the ABs. Their only problem will be injuries and time to glue the team together, and the nr of welsh players may actually help in that sense

1 Year, 8 Months ago

James Haskell big hit knocks out lock Alistair Hargreaves

Can't say I agree with you or the ref, pretzel. When the referee says "you have to complete the tackle", with me understanding that his problem with that tackle was that haskell didnt wrap, I think he is wrong. The whole situation and the impact happened so fast that hargreaves was bumped straight to ground, making it impossible for haskell to wrap him up, eve though he did try.

As for the high tackle, I agree that the tackler has the duty of care, but that only goes so far. Haskell comits himself to the tackle, but in the last meter of his stride, hargreaves' head goes down a good 40cms. It's bloody hard to correct that as a tackler, when it hapens in such a short space/time, and instead of catching the carrier square in the chest, the tackle was on that dangerous "shoulder and sliding up" area. It was an unfortunate accident, but not really anyone's fault, and certainly doesn't call for that whole level one citing deal on haskell. He can be quite a thug, but this time it wasn't his fault and he was lucky not to pick up a serious neck injury himself

1 Year, 8 Months ago

The Rugby Club Super Rugby Plays of the Year for 2012

sorry, wrong video!

1 Year, 8 Months ago

The Rugby Club Super Rugby Plays of the Year for 2012

I have to try this with my team on a home game! Even if it doesn't work, the crowd will go wild!

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Scott Higginbotham cited twice for knee and head-butt on Richie McCaw

PS - Ando, dont get this wrong, my post was directed at pescarranas

1 Year, 9 Months ago

 
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