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Prop Alec Hepburn flies into hooker Tommy Taylor to make huge tackle

Too bad us Yanks can't see the video.

3 Months, 10 Hours ago

Owen Franks somehow escapes punishment after fingers in Wallaby face

See posts from Guest above for exhibit #1.

It takes more than an idiot minority to be heard on live TV, which is what amadahn refers to at the start of this thread. The Kiwis have earned their reputation for petulance, let them enjoy it.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Owen Franks somehow escapes punishment after fingers in Wallaby face

Kiwi rugby fans aren't generally known for being classy.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Owen Franks somehow escapes punishment after fingers in Wallaby face

I wonder how good New Zealand's record would be under neutral refs?

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Explanation and feedback on the new law trials in place in New Zealand

Removing the ability to play the ball with your hands in a breakdown is going to trigger far-reaching changes that will improve the game. As the NZ piece demonstrates, the ball will be bouncing around a good bit more on the ground now that you can't hold it in with your hands while sealing off the ruck. Therefore, it will be imperative when attacking to not allow it to get to the ground at all.

I would expect to see a much greater emphasis on the off-load and keeping the ball alive rather than the current emphasis on going to ground and recycling. Going to ground will no longer be a safe option for the attacking side.

I would also expect breakdowns to finish faster than they do today simply because they will be messier. The ball will get popped out if left on the ground uncontrolled for too long. This should be very good for the game from a spectator's POV. More running and less wrestling. Breakdowns will be more dynamic as well simply because those participating will have a better view given that they won't be laying all over each other in piles. :-)

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Giant Mat Luamanu barrels through Fijian Seremaia Bai

Well, it looks to me like Bai was on the receiving end of an uppercut to the jaw. Too many of the "handoffs" today are little more than disguised punches.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Rugby Tactics: Screened Passing Analysis

We had a name for this back when I used to play 20 years ago -- crossing. It resulted in a penalty for obstruction every time the ref caught it. It is a blight on the game to allow the forward wave of runners to intenionally block for the rearward wave, and I wish it would stop. Then again, I also wish that feeding to the second row was halted and that proper rucking were allowed again. Both of those would clean up to two current messiest portions of the game: scrums and the breakdown.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

Thanks for looking into it. I've wondered if it was a geofence of some sort the way that Australian sites limit video to Aussies only. But then the highlights were all over YouTube, so who knows.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

I always see the same thing, which is weird given that the 6 Nations folks put together multiple highlight packages for each game now.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

You have a weird definition of offside given that Heaslip was the tackler.

1 Year, 9 Months ago