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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.

4 Months, 5 Days 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.

4 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.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Griquas centre Jonathan Francke cited after awkward tackle and sending off

I am one of those people that believe that red cards should almost never be shown. In 25 years of rugby on three continents playing, coaching, and reffing I have seen maybe 6 or 8 crazy incidents when the player proved he didn't deserve the privilege of competing in a rugby match.

Historically rugby made it about 180 years without them and the game is much worse off for it. If someone did something outrageous in the past. they would be sent off, but it was hardly ever for a tackle and quite rare. Player ejections in any sport should be rare, not commonplace and that is the bottom line.

As my coach once told me "They can only dump you if you let them". Run low and nobody gets dumped. Try it.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Griquas centre Jonathan Francke cited after awkward tackle and sending off

How about this: don't go into contact with two defenders at a high body angle.

Just because a guy lands awkwardly it doesn't mean the ref has to ruin the game.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

The Top 5 Worst Celebrations in Rugby history

Before Cipriani did his half ass "Dougie" he pulled up injured too. You can't do a dance then hobble off the field.

Hugging and high fiving your mates in the tryzone is cool. Any pre-choreographed dance move should be an instant yellow card! Back in the way back day players would be stonefaced after scoring.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Soteria Pulumu suspended from Women's World Cup for Spear Tackle

#6 England. Damn.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins Moments

Great player and character that really adds so much to our game. Rugby needs Cummins in the spotlight badly. I certainly cannot blame him.

I can't help but think this is a sign of things to come. The foreign money vs. test career thing is coming to a head. The best players are not going to be content to forgo serious paydays just to rep their countries. Money talks and everything else walks.

I wonder what the difference is in salary between the Force and Red Sparks?

5 Months, 3 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

I remember watching Lomu's profile screen on tv back when they had height, weight, club, and OCCUPATION. It said he was a bank teller. I wonder if he ever really worked in a bank.

5 Months, 4 Days ago

The Top 5 Moments from the 2001 Super Rugby Season

Interesting exchange.

As far as lineouts what the law did with lifting was turn an individual skill to a group skill. If you guys didn't play back then it was quite different. If you had a very tall or very skilled jumper you could basically kick for touch with impunity from anywhere on the field.

Having a great lineout jumper was akin to having a great kicker on your squad. Many guys specialized. Of course it was also a great place to sort people out, refs hated it, and it looked like a mess on tv.

Most of the changes come from the game morphing from an enjoyable player-centric activity to a polished television spectacle driven product.

5 Months, 5 Days ago

 
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