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Rugby World Cup Daily - Player numbers around the world

That's crazy - I never knew Georgia had less than 1,000 adult male rugby players, considering how many of them play for top sides in France.

3 Years, 5 Months ago

England's Courtney Lawes suspended for two weeks

Also, I'm not sure if it was negligent by the medics or just totally badass by Ledesma (I'm leaning towards the latter, since he'll do his best to stay on the pitch no matter what), but he got up after being knocked out cold, and when he came to, he was right in the middle of a lineout and a maul.

3 Years, 5 Months ago

England's Courtney Lawes suspended for two weeks

As a few people have pointed out...it doesn't really matter that much. So he misses a pair of matches that should go alright for England...

It's a bit of a silly "lesson", but the IRB is not above theatrics just to get players' attentions. Suspend a guy for two weeks for what was a borderline reckless tackle (needless, yes, but not really "malicious"), and they probably feel like they're doing something to prevent it from happening again. They're not, because it will happen regardless...but, Lawes shouldn't care all that much, since he'll be back in it for Scotland...and it's not like he won't be at training sessions, right? It's not like they've sent him back to England to think about what he's done in a dark corner somewhere...

3 Years, 5 Months ago

England's Courtney Lawes suspended for two weeks

No, but Cooper was cited for that.

You're right in that the rulings weren't consistent, but nothing ever is. Maybe if McCaw was knocked out, it would've turned out differently...I'm not sure.

3 Years, 5 Months ago

England's Courtney Lawes suspended for two weeks

Which is why I'd be more than happy to never see the site integrate facebook or twitter commenting.

(...though, I'm not the site's owner, and ya can't blame someone for just trying to pay the bills...)

3 Years, 5 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Heartbreak for the Welsh

I normally cheer for Ireland 99% of the time, but being as they were playing the Eagles, I was hoping against hope for a miracle. Oh well, at least the boys in green got a win for once...

But how awesome was the stats at the end? 101 tackles made by USA. Compared to the woeful defense that was shown in the warmup games, that's a remarkable improvement. Now if we could only learn how to compete at set pieces...

And one other thing - I said it a few weeks ago as something of a joke, that if the Eagles were going to score a try, it'd be because of D'Arcy or Paddy Wallace at 12 - incidentally, that's how the only USA try was scored. :)

Maybe we can pull something off against Russia? And maybe Italy will be more of a close match (though their scrum will mutilate the Eagles...)...or at least someone will hopefully put some huge hits in on Quade Cooper and make him see stars. That'd be pretty satisfying.

3 Years, 5 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Super Saturday

Does that make you a necrophiliac?

3 Years, 5 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Super Saturday

Really was an awesome day for the underdogs. The only way it could've been better is if they'd won, but still...Romania giving it to Scotland, Argentina coming close against England, and Japan! Man, Japan almost took out France! How cool was that?

Great to see "minor" rugby nations showing what they've got against the top teams.

On a side note, it's strange, compared to how well Argentina seem to be at the game of kicking the round ball, that they have been pretty awful at kicking points in rugby the past few years...hopefully they can someday find a flyhalf who can get those valuable 3 points when it's needed...

3 Years, 5 Months ago

Friday Funnies - The Ben Broster chip kick

I do have to admit that I appreciate the guy's effort. Not often you see a prop choose to try a run than just smash his way into the tackle. It's along the lines of the Vickery sidestep. It's good to see the rotund guys trying stuff out like that.

On the flip side, it's also funny on the rare occasion when a back gets called up to get in the scrum - like if there's a loose forward injured and another carded, so they just stick a wing up in there. They just stick their head down push, hoping no one is watching them, fingers crossed they don't mess up.

3 Years, 5 Months ago

Friday Funnies - The Ben Broster chip kick

Except for wingers of course, who traditionally tend to avoid tackling, rucking, and getting their shorts dirty.

Tell that to little Gio Aplon. :)

3 Years, 5 Months ago