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The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

I'm just hoping USA qualifies more directly this time around and not have to go through the repechage.

Joe, you mention USA attracting pro athletes from other sports. I'm curious, who? I've not heard of a single pro athlete from another sport make a code switch, much less be any good. Let's face it: for the US to be good, there needs to be massive grass roots structures and investment made. Some of that is happening, but I think it'll take more than 10 years. To say they'll consistently be top 5 means passing the likes of Argentina, Scotland, Italy, Wales, Ireland, etc. All of those countries have meaningful pro rugby leagues whereas the US does not, and likely will not for the foreseeable future.

I'm not trying to have a go at you, as I am hopeful the USA can be competitive and soon. Just injecting a dose of realism about expectations. Your mileage may vary. :-)

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Stephen Donald yellow card for shoving Dan Bowden in the face

"Tim? Trevor here. I've got white 10, heard a teammate call him "Beaver". That's a yellow card."

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Three red cards in heated Leicester Tigers vs Bath battle at Welford Road

Proudfeet!

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

So in your eyes, Hore is a psychopath and can't truly have any remorse, even though he clearly stated so, and having talked and apologized to Davies? You think he really doesn't feel bad about what he did? Rubbish.

And Hore doesn't run the judiciary, so the blame for the piss poor ruling (and it was piss poor, should have left it at least at 8 weeks) should stay with the judicial system for rugby.

2 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

Where exactly are the comments referring to the "all-blacks legendary genetic rightness" and "ABs being nice and sweet and exemplary ambassadors of rugby values"?? Sounds like a bit of projection on your part to say that "most of the remarks here" are somehow excusing what Hore has done. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nearly everyone here feels it was inexcusable and worthy of a lengthy ban.

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

Interesting comparison, as I remember this incident well. Very similar in that Bertuzzi knew what he was doing (it was retaliation actually for something Moore did in a previous game between their teams and Moore wouldn't agree to fight straight up) but certainly didn't intend to basically end Steve Moore's career, which was the ultimate result. Really a sad deal, especially since you consider the consequences to Moore's family, almost certainly lost millions of dollars and a career that he'd worked his whole life to achieve.

Certainly not justified and he's got to take whatever punishment is handed down, but I'd say Hore definitely didn't intend to send BD out of the game and to the hospital. Hore should sit for quite a while.

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

Just the Kapa-O-Pango, which I guess they do about 1/3 of the time? And when it first came out, they tamped the furor down a bit by doing the gesture more across the chest, but no one seems to care so much now and it seems to have progressed back up toward the neck. I still prefer Ka Mate but to each his own.

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Andrew Hore cited for off the ball stiffarm on Bradley Davies

OK, I'll take the bait. You've mentioned the "red mist" regarding the haka a couple times, but I don't get it. The O'Driscoll incident was over 7 years ago and I can't think of another incident since then where something like this happened in the opening stages of the contest. The All Blacks have played about 100 tests since June 2005, performing the haka prior to each of those. Don't you think that there would be more than a 2% incident rate if the haka had such an effect?

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Wales score bizarre try with thirteen man lineout against the All Blacks

Seriously? The WC try, there's no way the French #8 gets to Woodcock, regardless of what Read was doing. He's defending the front jumpers and Woodcock is practically crossing the line before #8 sees him.

It's been over a year, time to get over it.

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Wales score bizarre try with thirteen man lineout against the All Blacks

Pretty sure it was Woodcock. Good time to use it, I agree.

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

 
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