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Quade Cooper signs on to join Australia Sevens program for 2016 Olympic Games

As much as you want to watch the best players, I feel like this is just the best teams stacking their rosters. It does nothing to help the second tier teams who've had to enlist 15s players because they have no one else and the competition gap will widen. It'll end up being a 3-4 team competition at this rate, and the great pressure we see from teams like Kenya, Japan, Canada and others on the regular top squads just won't be there.

If it weren't the Olympics none of these players would be playing regularly, so why do it just for this? It certainly won't help grow the game.

3 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Ashley Johnson's huge hit on Bryan Habana at the Stade Mayol

BOOM!

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Comparing the Jared Payne and Michael Rhodes cards for similar incidents

Tough one's for each. One is unintentional but should have had more care for the space and time he had to be aware if he'd make contact, while the other is meant to be a hit and ends up really poorly timed despite being in control. I'd lean to the second being the worse of the two, but the cards indicate otherwise.

2 Months, 7 Hours ago

Eric Rush's hilarious, heartfelt eulogy to friend and teammate Jonah Lomu

Beautiful stuff from Rush. :'(

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Dan Carter converts final kick of Test career with his wrong foot

"right-footed dropgoal"? It was a conversion from a tee wasn't it?

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Rugby Tactics: Screened Passing Analysis

This is great for higher levels, but as with many non-standard moves it's difficult to not only do correctly at lower levels but also hard to call correctly and consistently with weekend warrior referees. Most of the time the moves you see here would likely be called obstruction as there's often some contact with the defenders by the player running ahead. It might be because the defender has bit on the runner or that the runner initiates the contact, but it'll still look like obstruction to most lower levels refs. Then again, you might get the opposite on any given day, where the ref lets it all go even if it is obstruction.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 10 Tries in Rugby World Cup History

I have no issue with the Lomu try at #1 (still one of my favourites all time and likely most memorable) but thought Robinson's counter against Wales in 2003 (with Greenwood finishing it off) might get a mention.
http://youtu.be/qDKXCJ0Es70

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4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies - Sona Taumalolo fend looks like a right hook

If that was a fend, then it was the worst technique I've ever seen.

6 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Referees to get stricter as tackle and scrums laws amended

No problem with all three, and the first two are particularly welcome changes.

7 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Sergio Parisse brilliant inside flick sets up try for victorious Stade Francais

I tried that in touch last Thursday and it didn't come off quite the same for some reason...

But that was fantastic!

8 Months, 5 Days ago