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Richie McCaw knocked out cold after getting his head on the wrong side of a tackle

It's not unusual for McCaw. McCaw has had a long and serious history of concussions, and those are only the ones we know about. Once you've had just one you are more susceptible and he's had more than 3 with past problems of headaches, memory loss, and dizziness.

We're going to see more and more of this thing. North won't be playing at 30. This is the outcome of bigger, stronger, faster ethos of pro sports. Rugby players in weight rooms=a lot more concussions. Be careful what you wish for rugby fans...

2 Months, 4 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

The man has a right to his opinion. I agree with what he says but I have a problem with him using his platform as a sportsman to straighten everyone out.

While I am not a fan of homophobic slurs I am also not a fan of a player telling on another player to the official about a verbal transgression. Pocock is obviously very tough, I just don't believe in tattling. Different culture I guess!

2 Months, 5 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

Come on folks, there are hat tricks and there are hat tricks.

Why would a guy clap for himself in any language?

Pocock is a great player but he goes out of his way so that we can tell he is a white knight social justice warrior.

2 Months, 5 Days ago

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

I'm with you. I ref at the youth level and we don't allow lifting because the risk. I think what really happened in this clip is that Toner leaned away from his supporting boosters. Falling from 14 ft in the air is dangerous.

I was a 2nd rower that started off my career without lifting. Lineout jumping was an extremely important individual skill on par with being a good kicker. They've eliminated it, let's bring it back.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

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

You're 100% correct. Whenever a player lands awkwardly the ref's first reaction is to go into their pocket. The histrionics of the players gesturing with their arms up doesn't help either.

Referees' mentalities have changed a lot recently. They have more of an influence over the game than ever before. It's not a positive trend.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

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

The Suta chokehold was seriously bad news, worse the 90% of punches and 100% of shoe-ings.

Often when you have two players leaving their feet going for 50/50 ball somebody comes off worse and ends up on the ground. The slightest contact makes a player in the air lose their balance. It's just physics. Nothing in it and great catch by Toner.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

France U18s win the European Championship and give hope to the future

If it is the premier competition in Europe shouldn't the 6N be the best 6 teams?

According to the IRB Georgia is currently ranked ahead of Italy and just four spots below Scotland. I don't think they'd get hammered. Plus they've accomplished this without regular competition or a monied domestic league. Looking at their U18 team their future looks bright.

I wish Scotland was more competitive and I do want them to improve but it would be nice to see some new members in the club.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

France U18s win the European Championship and give hope to the future

My goodness look at Georgia and Portugal! Times are changing.

Maybe some day there will be a 6N with promotion and relegation? If Scotland was relegated would that be the end of the sport in the country? Georgia is knocking on the door but outside travel issues will other countries lose money by playing there?

I'd like to see some teams ascend. Scotland and Italy don't deserve their spots based on history and proximity.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

David Pocock's Turnover Masterclass against the Blues

Pocock will tell on you to the referee.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Huge Hit From Peter Kimlin Leaves Leigh Halfpenny with more injury woe

I don't think Halfpenny will be playing rugby at 30.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago