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

I take my cue from Bilbo here.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

While you might have a point when you say that all countries, including South Africa, have fielded people born, or even raised, elsewhere, you can hardly compare Stander's situation with a player moving to SA from Ghana, Zambia or Zimbabwe. Who were they going to play for if they stayed home? And against whom? What kind of international rugby career does a Zambian national have? Stander played top flight rugby at all levels bar senior national in SA before being headhunted by Munster and Ireland.

I don't think it's a black or white issue. Guys like Strauss and Stander can't be compared to, for instance, Mouritz Botha who was a nobody in SA, started playing for a nobody team in England and worked his way up to Sarries and then England. I don't see anything wrong with what he did, but the latest Irish signings just don't feel right.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

The reason he left is because, apart from the regulars in the Bok back row (Alberts, Vermeulen, Louw, Spies, Brussouw, Burger, Kankowski and maybe still Smith), guys like Marcel Coetzee, Siya Kolisi and apparently Arno Botha were all ahead of him in the pecking order. And it must me tough to look at those odds and still back your chances of making the Bok squad in the next year or two. I don't agree with the mercenary nature of the modern international game at all, but on an individual level you can see why he made the move.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

CJ Stander scores 80m try vs Glasgow on home debut for Munster

Of all the South African players who have headed north and expressed the desire to play for another country, CJ Stander is definitely the biggest loss. He and fellow Bulls back row Arno Botha were outstanding for the Junior Boks and in the Super15. I know he has some serious competition in the Irish back row, but he's young and will only qualify in three years' time, and I have no doubt he'll be a real contender when the time comes. A real pity from an SA point of view.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

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

That's what you get when you make a Wigglesworth the referee. Personally I'd stick to Brandybucks, Proudfoots and, at a push, a Baggins.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

Someone up there doesn’t seem to like the Boks very much. Samoa in the pool stages four World Cups in a row? This is where squad depth really counts, as we’ll lose at least half a dozen players to decapitation, polytrauma and ruptured organs before the QF.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

Thank you for raising this point. He is indeed the worst commentator in the world and is roughly 65% worse than the second worst guy (SA's Warren Brosnihan). It's not just his Wales bias that makes him unbearable. It's his know-it-all smugness in the face of evidence that he's so obviously wrong that really grates. Why the BBC pay him a salary is beyond me.

And well done to Aus, although that last pass was forward. But who's counting anyway?

1 Year, 9 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

Great performance by the England team - they managed to keep the intensity up for the full 80 minutes. Farrell, Barrit, Tuilagi and Brown were really good, as were all three the loose forwards. I was also impressed with Launchberry - last week he was a little subdued, but yesterday he had a great game.

The AB's just didn't get things going. Too many aimless kicks and weak clearances, and intercept passes are never going to help your cause. On the upside, Savea and Smith are in top form.

Most of these year-end tour games have shown that you can hardly speak of a gap between the hemispheres any more.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Bryan Habana awarded IRPA Try of the Year 2012 for try vs All Blacks

No man, don't be that guy.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Bryan Habana awarded IRPA Try of the Year 2012 for try vs All Blacks

Farrell is a complete mystery. Maybe it's in recognition of the calming influence he had whenever he replaced Flood for a few minutes.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

 
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