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France vs New Zealand and November Tests Preview video

French fans would agree wholeheartedly. Everybody seems to hate PSA here. For ionstance, for what he did to Michalak at the 6 Nations (kept picking him up until he went injured in the last match) to what he did not, like never giving actual reasons for not picking up this player or that player, trying players out of position, not picking up the in form players...
Fans understand he needs to find the best team possible for the RWC 2015, but he seems not to know what to do, looking hesitant.
And the team never had so bad results for years.
Of course, as he does not give actual explanations, we could all be wrong in the end.
In short, we're all scratching our heads since he's in charge.

To be fair, he got the right mix for the nov12 tests, we have to acknowledge that. But that's the only positive.

4 Years, 5 Months ago

England get the better of Australia with strong second half at Twickenham

Thanks for the laugh ! #priceless

4 Years, 5 Months ago

New Zealand Maori All Blacks start tour well with good win over Canada

I read the story and saw a photo about the pink shirts too. Exactly, the shirts were not all pink, there was some pink in them.It looked that Richie McCaw was not informed of that in advance and he discovered them on the pitch. And he was not happy because he's supposed to be the skipper, after all :o)

4 Years, 5 Months ago

Heineken Cup 2013/2014 Best Tries - Round 1

Does not look like a shove to me.

Great tries, especially Scarletts ones.

4 Years, 6 Months ago

All Blacks claim the Rugby Championship after epic battle with the Springboks

Great match from both sides and from the referee.
Keep a thought for my country who's going to meet them both in !

4 Years, 6 Months ago

Jonathan Pelissie stars as Montpellier thrash Clermont in Round 7

That's great to see Morgan Parra congratulating Jonathan Pelissie (at the very end of the video).

4 Years, 6 Months ago

Rory Kockott misses long range penalty but tries again with dropgoal

@Facepalm: You can forget our 6 Nations. Machenaud was better in 2012. He could improve again between now and the next WC. We'll see...

@DrG: the head coach does not always say the truth....

4 Years, 7 Months ago

Dimitri Yachvili carded for swinging arm on Delon Armitage

What Yachvili said to the refere was "i don't understand".
And the French commentators were scratching their heads, wondering if what happened actually happened.
One even suggested that Yachvili wanted to make an usual tackle but Delon Armitage went down at the same moment so the tackle went higher than planned.
I don't think so. I just say this to show how unexpected it looked from such a player.

Yachvili is a pure annoying scrumhalf, but he's never nasty.

4 Years, 7 Months ago

Rory Kockott misses long range penalty but tries again with dropgoal

Another Frenchie here :)
The national coaches also said Parra needed to rest because he has spent the last 5 years with not much time off.
The domestic season in France is 11 months long if you reach the finale of the championship. And you have to add to this the international matches (6 Nations, June tests, Nov tests,... and the last RWC).
He was injured at the end of last season so he did not play the june tests this year, and he's only coming back now for the new season. And he's not back at his best level yet, obviously.
And we will need 2 no9 for 2015 so Machenaud needs to get playing at international level.

So that makes Kockott even more tempting. But Kockott cannot play for France until july 2014, so he cannot be taken for the next tests nor for the next 6 Nations.

Parra is a natural competitor, and you can bet the competition for the national jersey will make him better than ever.

@Oliver: stage = training camp in this situation :)

4 Years, 7 Months ago

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Ridiculous Passes of All Time

It's on youtube, Spencer-like pass

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4 Years, 9 Months ago