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Owen Farrell kicks England to victory over Ireland in Dublin

When Healy stamped, the ball was at the upper thigh / buttock level of the England player. So by Healy stamping his ankle, he has a rather thin argument about trying to produce the ball.

Healy had a generally c*nty match overall, and should get a few weeks off to ponder his existence.

As for productive rucking, I think we should bring it back. I also think they shouldn't allow offensive players to bridge on the ground, and be off-limits from being counterrucked -- but that doesn't make for an entertaining TV product in the eyes of the IRB.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Owen Farrell kicks England to victory over Ireland in Dublin

i.e. -- his movement with his free hand does not appear in any way to promote the placement or presentation of the ball. Thus, he is not trying to play it.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Owen Farrell kicks England to victory over Ireland in Dublin

Kearney was tackled in the field of play. He is then allowed to play the ball in any direction he wants, but he must play or place the ball.

I would argue that reaching with your free hand to make contact with the touch line - after already being held in the tackle would NOT constitute an attempt to "present" or "place" the ball. To me, it should have been an penalty kick.

But in the heat of the moment, I think the referees were surprised that he didn't do something totally egregious, like throw the ball out. I think they're used to more obivously cynical plays, that this one surprised them.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Italy stun France with another Six Nations upset win in Rome

Italy's goalkicking academy is located in Córdoba.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Italy stun France with another Six Nations upset win in Rome

Thanks to TV5 Monde, I was able to watch this game from my home in the USA.

BBC America is only showing one match per weekend.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Big fight between Belgium and Georgia in Rugby World Cup qualifier

Straight out of "Slap Shot"

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Billy Ngawini brilliant stepping and pass sets up Michele Sepe try

I know that RD is a generally Anglophone viewer base, but I too love when they can pull out some video clips using other languages. Reminds us that it's still a global game.

We've heard quite a few languages on here - French (mostly), Afrikaans, Welsh, Spanish, and now some Italian.

My challenge to the RD fanbase would be to get these guys some cool videos from their local languages.

Heck, I've seen that Supersport (in ZA) sometimes makes a Xhosa feed available. RD -- can someone call a game making clicks?




1 Year, 7 Months ago

Billy Ngawini brilliant stepping and pass sets up Michele Sepe try

The only thing missing from your post is a link to your website where you sell "undetectable and legal" supplements.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Saracens all set for Allianz Park debut on new artificial pitch

Keenan7,

If you play in the mid-Atlantic / Northeast of the USA, most of the fields are built over top of clay or granite bedrock. In which case, those fields can be hard as a rock -- for those of you abroad, if you ever watch Currie Cup -- picture the Griquas pitch in the middle of a South African winter -- hard-packed.

So I think for most people with a grass field, where upkeep is difficult / expensive / impossible, the turf isn't that bad.

If however, you are used to playing on the lovely turfs of the US Pacific Northwest - or the Emerald Isle - sure that artificial stuff will feel like a car parking lot.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Saracens all set for Allianz Park debut on new artificial pitch

Here is a cool link from the RFU, stating their standards for play.

The good news about this is that if you build an artificial field, you could probably tie these standards into your contract, and make it something the manufacturer / installer agrees to conform with.

http://www.rfu.com/ManagingRugby/ClubDevelopment/FacilitiesAndEquipment/ArtificialGrassPitches

1 Year, 7 Months ago

 
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