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The All Blacks and Argentina battle it out in windy Wellington

I don't think that NZ has ever thought that games against SA were "in the bag." Are you talking about just this year? Young team or not, SA is always a tough match for the All Blacks.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

The gloves come off during North Island vs South Island match in New Zealand

Where exactly was the "spear tackle"?

1 Year, 7 Months ago

How dangerous are concussions in Rugby?

Sorry to extend the American FB and rugby comparison, but I think this article has some useful context.
http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8218700/neuropathologist-dr-ann-mckee-accused-killing-football-be-sport-only-hope

Focused on the primary scientist studying concussion effects, what I gleaned from it is how the cumulative effects of sub-concussive hits can actually be far worse than the occasional bell ringer. Anyway, I agree that they are different sports (with its blocking on every play, american FB has lots of these sub-concussive hits whereas rugby tends to have more continuous contact but no blocking) but a concussion is a concussion and research on the effects is bound to be valuable for both sports.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 - Round 3

Great stuff, love POTW.

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Morgan Parra vs George Chuter, and Manu Tuilagi simultaneous yellow

Well said.

2 Years, 3 Months ago

Peter Stringer commits daylight robbery on James O'Connor

"i love bacon" has it right; not sure why there's much confusion. O'Connor himself said that it's happened to him before, so there's something in the little hitch he does with his feet that makes it appear that he's starting his kick. We can't see his feet in the clip, but it's obvious O'Connor knew what caused it. The referee sure isn't going to make a stink about it in a match like this.

Loved it, pretty funny stuff.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

Yeah, one or two drunken idiots booing doesn't mean people were happy to see Cooper hurt. The Kiwis probably took Cooper's abuse a bit too far, but he was plenty willing to accept the role of Public Enemy. Kiwis know he's a hell of a player and gave him a respectful applause when he was taken off.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

"Kiwis are just dicks and New Zealand as a country and people suck...New Zealanders are just halfwits."

Sounds like someone got turned away from the Hobbit tour.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

Exactly right on the eye gouge/rake. Seems like people are letting the intensity of the match get to them. There can be NO justification for hands across the eyes, not on Saturday morning, not in Top 14, not in 6 nations/tri nations, not in a world cup. And yes, not even in the last few minutes of a tense final.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

Wow, maybe the best example of sour grapes yet.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

 
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