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Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

Sexton was kicking so deftly, I thought for a second ROG was out there.

Sexton is looking to be a terrific leader for the Ireland squad. Agree with the above comments - when he wasn't on the pitch, it was obvious the boys lacked a bit of direction.

2 Weeks, 13 Hours ago

World Rugby accepts George North should have left field after concussion

I didn't see the match, so I'm speaking blindly, but - was North not laying prostrate and motionless when the medics came onto the field to look after him on that first KO?

What "sight" or angle of the incident do you need more than that? If a player is knocked out, surely that implicates a concussive action, no?

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Record crowd witnesses All Blacks in full flight as they crush USA

Commentary was more embarrassing than the scoreline.

A few moments of pride to take away from the Eagles' performance. Thought Scully played his heart out. The whole team played as best they thought they could...

Room for improvement obviously...support running and offloads, defensive cover tackles, scrums. I mean, some things will never happen unless the US starts taking rugby seriously. But some...I mean, what happened to the defensive effort that was there against Ireland last RWC? I think the USA made over 100 (close to 130?) tackles that game?

Sure "they were playing the ABs" is valid, but an excuse is still only an excuse.

Come on, England!

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Ed O'Donoghue cleared of eyegouging after red card game changer

"if you're going to stick your hand or fingers near them, be prepared to get a bit of heat for it"

So what of Higgibotham's hand in O'Donoghue's face - near the eyes - as well?

9 Months, 1 Week ago

Sona Taumalolo and Yoann Maestri red carded for France vs Tonga fight

Anyone else notice what looks to be a cheap shot but Taumalolo with a punch to Chouly's (?) gut in the first tackle?

Looks like he was just out there to punch away and start a fight as quickly as he could...

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Ridiculous Passes of All Time

The passes leading to Tommy Bowe's try against Scotland in the 2008 Six Nations:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUGhQEyac2c

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1 Year, 7 Months ago

Wallabies avoid defeat with come from behind win over Argentina

Agreed.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Manu Tuilagi vs Jean De Villiers in the first Test in Durban

The brush-off by JdV on Tuilagi in the clip reminded me of my favorite moment from the mid-year tests: Rob Kearney shoving SBW to the side as if he weren't a giant of a man.

But that's another story.

I thought the write-up summed it up well. Tuilagi had plenty moments of great play - his battering-ram-brilliance, but nothing that lifted England up to another level or anything. But that's the way things go sometimes.

I was also glad to see de Villiers playing as though he were still in his 20s. I thought he captained his side pretty well.

2 Years, 7 Months ago

Chris Ashton's huge hit on Gio Aplon and Ryan Kankowski's on Thomas Waldrom

who knows what he'll do.

Probably nothing, since that what he's done since all the hype rose up around him last year. Surely there are some more deserving wingers to put in the English squad? Maybe not, I don't know.

2 Years, 8 Months ago

Leinster hold out against Clermont to reach another Heineken Cup final

Given the all-Irish final, does this mean Connacht will be in the Heineken Cup again next year, too?

On another note, I find it unfortunate that Ireland can repeatedly field the top club sides in Europe, but on a national level, they are anything but consistent.

2 Years, 10 Months ago