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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, 5 Months ago

Italy stun France with another Six Nations upset win in Rome

Italy's goalkicking academy is located in Córdoba.

1 Year, 5 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, 5 Months ago

Big fight between Belgium and Georgia in Rugby World Cup qualifier

Straight out of "Slap Shot"

1 Year, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 6 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, 6 Months ago

Saracens all set for Allianz Park debut on new artificial pitch

Benny, not sure what the cost is. The fundamental difference of something like this is that there is a tangible upfront capital cost -- not just the first laydown of turf, but you also have to prepare the land for it with grading, drainage, etc.

I would imagine that after eight years, you'll need a brand new carpet of turf.

However, the other capital maintenance affter year eight will be minimal -- perhaps checking the level of the field, confirming the drainages aren't plugged, etc.

As for a quote, I don't think the vendors will give you hard numbers on the web, as they probably want to assess the condition of the building site -- i.e. "every field is different" (like getting a mechanic to quote you a car repair over the phone - good luck)

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Saracens all set for Allianz Park debut on new artificial pitch

Thanks Richy -- I was wondering what the commentator meant when she said "specific for rugby".

We use the artificial stuff quite a bit in the USA, and needless to say, the biggest complaints are as follows:

friction abrasions from the turf
joint pain

The biggest benefit is not just upkeep costs, but in terms of field utilization -- most areas in the USA have limited field space, and any field that is built is likely to be used all day.

There is little tolerance for leaving fields closed after a heavy rain, much less leaving a field fallow for an entire year (or season) in order for the land to recuperate. What ends up happening is that a field gets overused, and then the grass disappears, and you get tufts of grass interspersed with dirt pock marks. These tufts of grass then become hazards for people's ankles.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

 
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