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No date confirmed yet for postponed Six Nations game

What's done is done, but I have to wonder:

Do they make heated field covers as well? In situations like this, where, apparently, underground heating is impossible, a heated cover would maybe have helped keep the pitch from freezing long enough for a game to be played.

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In a perfect world, they would've just packed the show up and moved it on down somewhere in the South of France and played it on Sunday or perhaps on a weekday. But in the real world of professional sport, with broadcasting rights, with the countless tickets and spectators....it'd never happen.

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And lastly, if nothing else, this serves as a good reminder of why it can be beneficial to get travel insurance.

3 Years, 6 Months ago

Bradley Davies & Stephen Ferris controversial tackles discussed

Agreed. I saw an Irish Times article hinting at Ferris' carding/penalty giving Halfpenny the game-winning kick being an injustice, as though it's what cost the Irish the match.

But most fans with half a brain know that's not true. Wales won because they were better and more clinical. Ireland gave up and didn't capitalize on the pressure they put on the boys in red.

The disciplinary committee finally got a ruling correct, it would seem. Davies probably could have received a lengthier ban, but who cares...7 weeks is a pretty long time , compounded by missing the chance for international caps in the 6N...I imagine it'll be more than enough motivation to make Davies think twice about an action like that in the future. Ferris did nothing wrong, and was vindicated. Good to know.

3 Years, 6 Months ago

Wales seal victory with late kick in Six Nations thriller against Ireland

Must be the curse of the goidelics. The Q-Celts in the form of the Irish and Scottish sides, for the past few years now, seem to be at various levels of inability in terms of finishing.

Even in games where they really should dominate, or do dominate, I always have a closeted fear that at any minute, they'll throw in the towel and the other side will rally back and win.

For the Irish, the only game I can think of that they were unrelenting side - the kind that deserves to win matches - was against Australia in the pool matches of the WC. Maybe against SA a couple years back. But every other game in that time period, I feel like Donncha O'Callaghan at the end of this weekend's match, face in hands, anxiously awaiting the moment when the Irish totally fuck up a good thing.

But hey, well done Wales. If they can just get rid of the silly indiscipline, they have a good shot at being the best team in the NH at the moment. Possibly. But who knows anymore...

3 Years, 6 Months ago

Scotland fail to capitalise on chances as England take Calcutta Cup

Just Scotland being Scotland. Man, I long for the day that they overcome their inability to finish the brilliant running game that they have. They can break lines with the best of them, but seem utterly unable to finish anything off.

England were never amazing. They just had to weather the Scottish storm and wait for the inevitable turnover, and then capitalize on a scoring opportunity.

Sad, really. But, like I said, I can't wait to see a time when Scotland become the great side that they seem capable of being.

3 Years, 6 Months ago

Nathan Hines hangs onto two Ulster players

That's how Clermont supporters are: fervent in their belief that their team in infallible. Watching home Top 14 matches is almost unbearable. There aren't many sides whose fans harass the ref as much as Clermont's do. Like the Philadelphia Eagles or Boston Red Sox fans of French rugby.

3 Years, 7 Months ago

Edinburgh and Phil Godman snatch dramatic win away at Racing Metro

...it would appear that more than one Tebows have been invalidated today.

3 Years, 7 Months ago

Samu Manoa and Mike Haywood crunching tackles vs Harlequins

Guys this was just blown out of proportion, I'm from Chile so I'm chilean, just as the people of France are french and the guys born in the US are United States citizens (jeez it's not my fault their country doesn't have a goddamn name).

You're talking about demonyms. In English (and in other languages, as well), the demonym for a United States citizen is, in fact, "American". Claro que somos todos Americanos ya seamos de chile o de los eeuu o de cualquier pais - y, en español, tenemos el provecho d tener una palabra para nosotros de los EEUU: "Estadounidense". Pero inglés es diferente y el gentilico, por definición, es "American".

3 Years, 7 Months ago

Referee Nigel Owens - 'This is not Soccer'

Scrumhalves could use a good talking down to every now and again. They complain more than anyone else on the pitch (except for Paul O'Connell, that is).

While Owens can be a bit ostentatious from time to time, this is not one of those times. It was condescending but succinct and to the point, just what the situation called for. Well done.

Oh, and Scott Johnson sounds like a dick.

3 Years, 7 Months ago

Referee Nigel Owens - 'This is not Soccer'

Unlike with Buzz's post, I agree with pretty much everything you just said.

3 Years, 7 Months ago

Benoit August playacting after James Short lashes out

Well, so that's where fans (and, once upon a time, other teammates) come in. Shame is a powerful motivator. And while I'm sure an open-handed strike to August's throat, or a smack from Hines, actually does hurt, if a player feels ashamed of falling to the ground and look to the referee for a penalty, he might be more inclined to suck it up and move on.

Part of the problem is that too many fans seem to let things slide so long as it gets their side an advantage/win. Even if it's not in the spirit of the game.

3 Years, 7 Months ago