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Fijian powerhouse winger Taqele Naiyaravoro signed by Glasgow Warriors

The inescapable fact is Pro rugby encourages financial migration to the best paying locations. (Paying = wage/prospects/endorsements/injury resting longevity)

NZ were the first to attract PI players as their 'shamatuer' rugby structures, because they were better organised & ahead of the game and leading the drive towards 'official' professionalism.

Everyone else has sought to catch up since. The small nations will vote for anything that increases their chance to compete with the powerhouses, even if that means having 'pro tourists' represent them.

If Roman Abramovich ( Chelsea FC owner) decided to buy into Georgian Rugby, then it is certain that you'd see an influx of worldwide Talented players into his well funded Squads .

International rugby is certainly losing national identity credibility, (shrugs with resignation) but notwithstanding that, I still want the 'Rose' to beat 'Wallaby' (substitute any nations) when ever the two badges lock horns, regardless of how many PI / SH descendants are in which side, the same mindset as I do for my (unrepresentative collection of mercenaries) local pro football club !

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

Only when reading your final comment, are we able to ascertain who the real Numbskull is .... !
I doubt you've the skill/ability to referee beyond your armchair

11 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

WB was not totting up AW offences ( if any) he was soley deciding on whether or not that collision constituted an offence.

11 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Wales edge Scotland in tense Test at Murrayfield

On RugbyDumps video the try is awarded at 79.15

30seconds is incorrect !!

..Law 9B (e) says "The kicker must take the kick within one minute and thirty seconds (ninety seconds) from the time a try has been awarded"

The conversion was awarded at 79.57 on the same video clock.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

England come from behind to beat Wales in opening Six Nations clash

The purpose of a dummy runner is to hold/fix/commit players to a potential tackle, in this case the move did exactly that, there is no way that (having committed himself to tackling Easter) the defender (Biggar?) Was going to be able to readjust his position to make a tackle on Vunipola.

As such, he'd bought the dummy, and the ball was moved away from a position that he could ever have successfully defended.

What did not happen, was Biggars attempt to tackle Vunipola actually being blocked off. Dummy lines are run all the time in pro rugby, and 'might've'... or 'possiblys' .... Are mostly replaced with "would've" thinkings when assessing these 'committing the defenders' run line incidents.

To compound in the fact that several phases/tackles then occurred prior to Attwoods try and its a poor retrospective cancellation decision IMO.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

USA 7's player Perry Baker kicks pitch invader after thuggish tackle


Monica Seles, Piet van Zyl. ... enough said.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Friday Funnies - Prop Adam Jones' audacious drop goal attempt

But the commentators have all misjudged AJ decision to kick, no it wasn't panic, far from it was a kick to nothing for the PK advantage being played..... Cute quick thinking more like.

Cmon, get better chatshitters under the mic !

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Great sportsmanship from 19 year old Portuguese 7's player vs Fiji

These developing nations have SO much to learn.

Expect his progression through pro rugby to remove such honesty as he matures!!! Sadly.

PS, .... it looks like the decision of 'throwing the ball away' , was originally called in from the AR.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

The Tuilagi and Vunipola brothers talk mums, crossdressers and big hits

Aside from his rugby earnings talent, what's shame that Manu was encouraged away from his home so young.

Any club or school who actively seek out pacific island rugby talent to divert them away from their homeland needs to look in the conscience mirror ( yes it does happen!)

IMHO its a real shame that the Tuilagi brothers play rugby for different countries. ( said as an England fan)

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Hard hitting Chris Hala'ufia crunches but then slaps Scott Wilson

For those that don't already know .... Law 10.4(e)

" A player must not tackle (or try to tackle) an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. A tackle around the opponents head or neck is dangerous play"

Where does the tackle end in this example ?

Ironically had he not then face slapped, and ignited the protestations , WB might not have gone to TMO.

1 Year, 6 Months ago