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Mamuka Gorgodze finishes off outstanding Toulon team try in Ulster thrashing

I read somewhere recently that Lancaster was going to use the "exceptional circumstances" card to select Armitage, but only after the 6 Nations (i.e. summer tour?). If true (and I can't remember where I read it), it strikes me as absurd.

As an Irishman, I can only hope that it is not true and that the policy of England not selecting overseas players is strictly adhered to!

2 Months, 6 Days ago

Sam Burgess big tackles on Ben Jacobs plus first try for Bath

In fairness, it looks like Jacobs may have got his pass away just as each tackle was made. Very difficult to see from the replay though.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Braam Van Straaten catches Blues unaware with quick tap in 1999

And casually knocks over the difficult conversion!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Samu Manoa's huge blindside shot on Leicester's Julian Salvi

With a tagline of "Make Rugby Softer", you can only be a troll.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Samu Manoa's huge blindside shot on Leicester's Julian Salvi

Forgot to mention: thumbs down for Luther Burrell's reaction, trying his best to recreate that Ali-Liston moment.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Samu Manoa's huge blindside shot on Leicester's Julian Salvi

Would love to hear what George North says to him as he picks him up off the floor. I swear I can see him laughing just after the hit and those pats he gives him on the back of the head are just hard enough for Salvi, pride already dented, to take it the wrong way. Or am I reading too much into it?

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Springbok 7's flyer Seabelo Senatla scores sizzling 85m try vs Kenya

That is a race I would love to see. They both seem to be able to go from 0-60 in no time but can sustain the speed over 60-70 metres and, as if that wasn't enough, both have the K.I.T.T. Turbo Boost fitted as an optional extra.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Best Tries from Round 3 of the Champions Cup PLUS Facts and Stats

I think willcoll is right. The penalty is for not immediately releasing the ball having placed it. But "double movement" is probably just easier to say and gets the message across.

I sounds like the ref saying "Try. Try." immediately, so it doesn't sound like there was any doubt in his mind. Presumably he felt the first "placing" of the ball by Farrell was part of the tackled player being brought to ground or, as 1012 says above, his momentum brought him into the in-goal area.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Sam Burgess makes his rugby union debut in Bath win over Harlequins

I may be wrong, but I don't think there is room any longer (if there ever was) in a top level international test match for a "free spirit" on the wing!

As an Irishman, I'll be happy to see more offloads like the one around the 1:50 mark in the video!

Joking aside, I wish him all the best.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

Every day's a school day! Thanks for enlightening me/us.

4 Months, 1 Week ago