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Prop Ben Franks' big hit and unbelievable try-saving tackle on wing Frank Halai

Muliaina moved to Invercargill at age 2. I'm sure his talent was really shining through though between diaper changes.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Prop Ben Franks' big hit and unbelievable try-saving tackle on wing Frank Halai

Matt, are you suggesting players go to NZ to get the highest level of exposure? Somehow I doubt that's true, as the competition for roster spots is arguably the toughest there.

More often you see second tier NZers headed to Scotland, England, or elsewhere through some ancestral connection as they couldn't crack the ABs. In fact, 38 NZ-born players in the 2011 RWC played for other nations. I agree that it is all a bit silly, but many (most?) of the foreign born ABs, particularly the Polynesians, came to NZ with their families as children (Kaino, for example).

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Reggie Goodes' catch and sprint down wing for great prop try

Nice prop try, though I couldn't help looking at the huge swath of empty yellow seats. Cmon Wellington, come support!

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Halani Aulika rounds Sale Sharks cover to score great prop try

Great try, love how he just plucked the ball when he saw that opening.

BTW, it's Keven Mealamu, not Kevin.

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Prop Ryan Bevington turns on the gas for outstanding Ospreys try

Nevermind, had a funny refresh issue on my page.

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Prop Ryan Bevington turns on the gas for outstanding Ospreys try

Is it just me, or is this video the 7s highlights? Did this get changed by accident?

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Italy stun France with another Six Nations upset win in Rome

Watched it online? Pay channel or free feed in the US?

3 Years, 3 Months ago

Is Carlin Isles the world's fastest rugby player?

Didn't know internet chinese whispers were hand-timed. Especially when run at a huge, almost certainly electronically-timed Texas Relays.
http://www.flotrack.org/article/11741-RESULTS-2012-Texas-Relays

Not sure your point though, since the rest of your post suggests you think he's for real.

3 Years, 5 Months ago

Is Carlin Isles the world's fastest rugby player?

Exactly SpencaH.

3 Years, 5 Months ago

Is Carlin Isles the world's fastest rugby player?

See, I think most of what you say is true, but when you say "lack of handling skills", that makes no sense to me. How do you know he doesn't have those skills or cannot refine/develop them? Everyone wants to be a pundit and predict from one highlight clip whether Isles is the real deal for 7s or 15s, but why?

He's an exciting player, one who people are most likely to watch closely because his speed suggests something could happen each time he touches the ball. I hope he takes this solid start to his rugby career and not only develops himself, but also inspires some other young people to take up rugby.

3 Years, 5 Months ago