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Five classic underdog tries at the Rugby World Cup

Glaring omission.

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Israel Folau's 2015 Video Tribute as he agrees to new three year ARU contract

I thought the ARU had only recently relaxed their selection rules to allow for players playing outside Australia to be eligible as long as they had 60 or more caps.

Above it says that Folau will still be eligible for selection even while playing in Japan. Is this just an exception to the (relaxed) rule for a supremely talented player? Sort of like having an "exceptional circumstances" concept and acknowledging that they already exist. Or is it because he is locked into union for three years so they allow him to go and play where he wants?

10 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Mic'd up league forward Ashton Sims is one fearless, inspiring leader

The guy is like Triple H, just bigger!

10 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Henry Speight banned for five weeks for dangerous flip on Juan de Jongh

There was a point a few years back where about 90% of each highlights reel of a 6 Nations game was made up of those lingering close-ups you seem so fond of. You wonder who reviews the final product and thinks "Yep, this is what the fans want to see."

11 Months, 1 Day ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

While I can see where you are coming from, you have to realize that a big factor in such an incident in the past warranting only a talking to from the ref is that the ref and his assistants were often unaware of what started the fight and who had done what. With their eyes on the game, a lot of times they would look round and see a bunch of players pulling guys apart. With no hope of dishing out just punishment, the solution was to just call the captains in and tell them to put a stop to it.

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

In your haste to troll, you didn't mention which team would be awarded the penalty.

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

I'm with Katman, Stroudos and the others who are 100% convinced this was intentional.

I do think that the apology, while more self-serving than anything else, might be driven by some remorse. He may have shocked himself with the brutality of what he did in the split-second of the stamp.

Huget is a strange one. In quite a few games, I have seen him do a few "niggly" (dirty is probably too strong) things, really trying to provoke a scrap, and then a few moments later he is patting opposition players on the back, helping them to their feet etc. Not that this in itself is anything strange, but when you put it together with the recent incidents, I really can't work him out.

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

Yep.

11 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Yoann Huget's horrific looking face stamp against Bordeaux Begles

I may well be mistaken (and forgive me if so), but you probably haven't played in games with multiple cameras, some of which are bound to pick up the cynical act.

11 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Dylan Hartley facing potential ban after alleged headbutt against Saracens

The suspension means he would miss England's warm-up games and the first pool game. Lancaster should just get shot of him.

Great picture in the telegraph article... makes it difficult to argue it was just a bravado-fuelled bump!

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03320/dylan-hartley_3320230b.jpg

11 Months, 4 Weeks ago