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Tana Umaga lines up and smashes into older brother Mike Umaga in 1999

We're too lenient about players qualifying for test teams due to grandparents or current living status. I heard Steffon Armitage is now available for France? If I was good I'd qualify for four different countries. It doesn't make sense.

Cheapens the jersey.

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Sky Sports selection of the Best Super Rugby Hits in 2014

Great montage. What's up with nobody in the stands?

3 Months, 3 Days ago

The Top 5 Best Haka Responses ever!

Sorry pal but Umaga is another one that is 100% Samoan too! Same as Sonny Bill, Jerry Collins, Kevin Mealamu, Mils, Iceman, etc…No more Maori than Shane Williams is.

3 Months, 4 Days ago

The Top 5 Best Haka Responses ever!

Sure! Just like the guys having dinner or some beers after a game. Definitely more to rugby than 80 minutes.

3 Months, 5 Days ago

The Top 5 Best Haka Responses ever!

Ireland's Call is a compromise because Irish Rugby is made up of players from two countries, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland that each have different anthems. God Save The Queen wouldn't go over well in Croke Park.

I think the haka is cool, but it would be cooler if they only did it for big games. Also they should let teams react in whichever way they choose. Remember, up until Buck Shelford it was kind of a joke.

Still watching caucasian Ali Williams bug out his eyes and stick out his tongue is tantamount to a white American put on warpaint and headdress whoo whoo whooing around a campfire Washington Redskins style. Or Jean de Villiers doing a Xhosa dance.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

The Top 5 Best Haka Responses ever!

His ethnic background is Samoan.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

The Top 5 Best Haka Responses ever!

You get fined if you don't stand there motionless.
https://nz.sports.yahoo.com/rugby/news/article/-/7918910/wallabies-warned-over-disrespecting-the-haka/

3 Months, 1 Week ago

The Top 5 Best Haka Responses ever!

Yes, and that's the best thing to do. New Zealanders are very precious about their little cultural misappropriation. You can't walk towards them, you can't ignore them, you can't linger there after, you can't practice chip kicks, etc. You must stand there and be intimidated.

You get a national anthem, that's it.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Griquas centre Jonathan Francke cited after awkward tackle and sending off

DrG thanks for taking the time to post those links.

They started letting subs in for injury in the late 90's. 10Stone is right, before then players stayed on the field hurt. Then they allowed tactical subs at halftime only. Now they are proposing rolling subs.

One of the reasons that elite rugby players are so much heavier than their counterparts from 20 years ago is that players don't have to play for 80 minutes. If rolling subs are allowed and players could be brought in for 10 minutes, take a rest, then come back and endurance isn't a concern won't we see American football style bodies? It changes everything.

I'm only 37 years old but the changes I've seen in the game have been incredible and fundamental, mostly due to creating a good product for television audiences. The law book is three times as thick. As a player I didn't have a problem with the laws from my rookie year. Oh well, I'm thankful I got to play when I did! It was cool being part of a sport that wasn't totally about money and tv.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Griquas centre Jonathan Francke cited after awkward tackle and sending off

My point is that governing bodies IRB have fundamentally changed the game for the worse with rampant player ejections and suspensions. Actually a lot of other things too. The current substitution rule is another example of the PTB fundamentally changing the nature of the sport. In just a few years we went from zero subs to what is it now 7?

I'm not trying to be macho but if you run into contact standing straight up, you shouldn't expect the tackler to take it easy on you.

I honestly do not know the difference between a spear, dump, or tip tackle.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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