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Ross Moriarty gets inevitable ban after chokehold against Argentina

Good. This was pretty psychopathic behaviour and an awful look for international rugby. That guy appears to have issues that go beyond the game.

21 Hours, 30 Minutes ago

Ross Moriarty choke hold on Nicolas Sanchez mars Wales series win

Yes, that vaguely Scandinavian chap with a fondness for wood chippers. That's him.

1 Day, 25 Minutes ago

Ross Moriarty choke hold on Nicolas Sanchez mars Wales series win

I get the need to stamp your authority on the smaller guy. That's part of the game. But when the officials and just about everyone else around you is telling you to stop choking the bloke and you just stare at them with dead eyes while continuing, then you really can't complain too much about red. In fact, Peyper was so upset by Moriarty's borderline psycho behaviour that I'm surprised this hasn't seen further action after the game.

2 Days, 15 Hours ago

Benjamin Fall sent off for flipping Beauden Barrett as All Blacks secure series win

We'll eventually, through a gazillion small mutation of the laws, get to a point where no dangerous situation may take place to contest for the ball. In other words, the possession will always automatically go to one of the teams. Laws for the 2031 RWC could look something like this:

- No ruck clean-outs - attacking team must be guaranteed the ball.
- No scrum collapses - uncontested scrums.
- No dangerous falls from line-out interference - defending team may not also jump.
- No aerial contest for high kicks - chaser must stand back until possession has been secured.
- No risky tackles - all tackles must see both arms wrap somewhere between thigh and nipples.

Just kidding. But not really.

3 Days, 22 Hours ago

Beast Mtawarira on his 100th Test and exclusive tour of his triple story home

And he's just played a huge game in Bloemfontein which included a pick up and run of about 40m. Started the day by taking to the field with his two beautiful kids, and ended with a post match interview that just confirmed that he is one of the game's cool dudes.

5 Days, 14 Hours ago

Eddie Jones on Kiwi Brad Shields starting for England against Springboks

I think Launcbury's inclusion is more significant than that of Shields. He's a huge player for England and never fails to rise to the occasion.

1 Week, 2 Hours ago

Carlin Isles repeatedly burns opposition to finish prolific season as top try scorer

Some wily old sevens coach must set up shop in Jamaica and start a little academy there. Can you imagine adding rugby skills to that speed? Plus who wouldn't want a Caribbean job?

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Carlin Isles repeatedly burns opposition to finish prolific season as top try scorer

He's unbelievable. And then they'll also get Perry Baker back next season. Not really a fair contest, is it?

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Springboks add veteran Schalk Brits to squad after thriller with England

Also, interesting little piece of trivia is that this game was played exactly 34 years, to the day, after the Springboks beat England at Ellis Park by 35 to 9 back on 9 June 1984. That was my first ever live test match (I was eleven), and it was also the game in which the legendary Danie Gerber scored a brilliant hat-trick. You can see those three tries in this compilation (the Ellis Park hat-trick starts at 1:00):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE1Dl4gZQHk

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1 Week, 3 Days ago

Springboks add veteran Schalk Brits to squad after thriller with England

What a game! I mean, apart from the obvious occasion of Kolisi being the first black Bok captain, of Rassie taking charge of his first test series, of debuts for three exciting youngsters, this game had it all. Many were predicting beforehand that England would kick a lot of ball onto the new wings, but they had no such plans, choosing instead to stretch defenses, tempt the marking wings to come in too narrow and then skip the ball out to the speedsters Brown, May and Daly. Which worked a charm. And the Bok response to this early onslaught was to do exactly the same. The old Boks would have retreated into the kicking laager, and then bashed it up through the forwards. But this new backline (sparked by Willie le Roux) chose to bring the dangerous runners, Dyanti and Nkosi, into the game as often as they could. This was classic Ellis Park firm pitch high altitude rugby, much like the Lions hve started playing again, and the crowd got more than their money's worth. And let's not forget how close the English came to swinging the game back in their favour at the end. I reckon the remaining two tests are going to be brutal.

Oh, and welcome back Schalk Brits - one of my all-time favourite players. Problem is though, who does he replace? Bongi Mbonambi had a great hour on the pitch, and Akker "The Angry Warthog" van der Merwe is just the kind of guy you want to bring on with 15 or 20 to go. Tricky choice, but not a bad dilemma to have.

1 Week, 3 Days ago