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Jonathan Davies sends Johnny Sexton to the turf with a powerful hand-off

The crowd was unbelievably loud the whole game. Every time Wales got close to Ireland's line, stole an Irish lineout, tackled an Irish player and marched him backwards etc., it was greeted with an incredible roar. And all this I could hear on the TV. Imagine what it was like in the stadium! Amazing fans.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Paul O'Connell stars in All it Takes short film ahead of his 100th Test

It has been said already, but I think Ireland will miss O'Connell more than they have missed O'Driscoll. Based on the things written and said about O'Connell, he has a rare ability to inspire and motivate the entire team. Interesting that Sexton, who is by all accounts one of the most demanding players, speaks of the effect O'Connell has on the team.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Six of the Best Hits and Tackles from Round 3 of the Six Nations

Damn it. I didn't read the intro so didn't have it on mute. "Horrific" is being kind. I am not even sure in what type of scenario that music would ever be appropriate. Maybe a really bad opening ceremony?

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Six Nations 2015: The Journalists' Midterm Report

I don't think you were ever ahead in this thread! Just put it down to a mind blank.

5 Months, 5 Days ago

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 1

Sean Maloney seems subdued in this format. There's something about his commentary during the Top Fives that makes them gold. Bring them back - I don't care if there's no more decent material!

5 Months, 1 Week ago

Ireland break down Italy in second half for comfortable Rome win

Nacho

If that's a "pretty clear" obstruction by Boss (number 21), every rugby game would just be a series of penalties!

I wonder whether you are referring to the movement by Madigan (number 22) just after the kick. He leans his body into Parisse with no intent or hope of doing anything other than getting in his way. But again, we see that sort of thing all the time in games and to give a penalty try there would be very harsh.

Regarding the knock on, at 0:42 and 0:53 in the video Nacho posted, you can see the trajectory of the ball change slightly as it glances Parisse's finger tips.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Belgian rugby club scores over 350 points in bizarre club fixture

Choumai,

If you really were involved (and I have no reason to suspect you were not), can you give a bit of colour? Specifically:

- Did Soignies "play" like this from the start?
- Did anyone try to convince them to give it a go?
- How did your team miss 18 conversions?
- And most importantly, how many tries did you bag?

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Ireland break down Italy in second half for comfortable Rome win

I maybe going against popular opinion, but I was very pleased by Ireland's performance. Of course final table positions show Italy is the weakest team in the competition, but (ignoring the game against England last year when England were chasing points) it has been a while since Italy have suffered a heavy defeat at home. While fans, media and likely coaches and players may expect to win in Rome, it is unlikely to be an easy win.

Ireland had key players missing from the squad (Sexton, Healy, Heaslip) and then lost O'Brien in the warm-up, but their replacements played well and suggest strength in depth that has not always been available to the coach.

The centre pairing has less than a handful of caps between them but showed promise.

Ireland's performance was disciplined. They wore Italy down when they needed to and when the opportunity arose they were clinical enough to put the game out of reach.

Of course there were errors, of course there are areas to improve, but all in all for a first outing I think Irish supporters should be happy.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Agree 100%.

5 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Six Of The Best Hits and Tackles from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Pretty sure in 1, 2 and 5, the tackler (or shoulder charger in the case of 5) left the field injured. Bodies on the line stuff.

5 Months, 4 Weeks ago