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Rugby World Cup 2015 advert featuring rousing team talk from Charles Dance

Perhaps, but his heart will always be in the Shire.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Rugby World Cup 2015 advert featuring rousing team talk from Charles Dance

Don't worry, we'll make a Southern Hemisphere version where Gandalf does the talking.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Tries of the Week - August 22nd weekend

The catch, kick and chase by Blommetjies was sublime. Probably had about a 10% chance of it all working out like it did.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Top 10 Best Tries from Round 1 of the Top 14

This league really produces great tries. Also love the way these highlights include the entire build-up. Some of these tries are great because the build-up is end-to-end and the advantage changes several times. Most other highlights only show the final passage of play.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Springboks survive Salta scare after excellent Argentina performance

Morne Steyn is a safe flyhalf. His kicking stats are very good, he kicks well out of hand, he's reasonably solid on defence and he has plenty of experience. He's even scored a few decent tries by creating line breaks.

But the problem is, he doesn't excite. He doesn't spark any crazy stuff in the backline. You pretty much know what the backline's going to do the minute the ball passes through his hands. He mostly stands deep, giving him more time on the ball, but also signposting every move to the defence. The biggest criticism of the Bok game plan is always the predictability and the lack of spontaneous play in the backline. This won't change unless we have a flyhalf who is 1.) able; 2.) willing and 3.) allowed to try off-the-script things and create opportunities.

A guy like Pollard has shown this over and over again for the Junior Boks, which is why so many people put faith in him to do so for the senior team. Johan Goosen did the same when he was 19 and 20 years old. Unfortunately the problem might not be the players, but the mentality of the senior Bok team. In other words, the most creative flyhalfs are stifled and pressured into playing a safe, low-risk game plan because there is a culture of fear of losing.

Eventually they all become Morne Steyns or Derick Hougaards or Braam van Straatens or Naas Bothas.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Springboks survive Salta scare after excellent Argentina performance

I actually agree with his decision to stick with Pollard. Flyhalf is a position where you need to cultivate the necessary BMT - a bit like an opening batsman - and no one really hits the ground running. I think between Pollard and Goosen we could have had the no. 10 jersey sewn up for the next 10 years.

Ruan Pienaar is the selection that baffles me most. He had one great season for Ulster, but has never looked the part for the Boks. I know it's not a popular suggestion (and I've never been the biggest fan in the past) but on pure form, I wish Meyer would look to Rory Kockott right now.

At lock, I think Etzebeth just needs another game or two. He's been out for a long time. The no.5 jersey will eventually belong to Peter-Steph du Toit, and until he's back, we'll have to use Matfield and the babyface Cheetah.

And then we have tighthead prop. And here I really don't have a suggestion. The last tough scrummager we (almost) had was Brian Mujati, but that ship has sailed. Perhaps we should go and poach the next big bad-ass Argie prop, like the Aussies did with Noriega.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Springboks survive Salta scare after excellent Argentina performance

This was the best performance by Argentina I've ever seen. Every area of the game was polished and intense. Their entire pack of forwards were huge on the day - Fernandez-Lobbe and Leguizamon are world class loose forwards. And in Sanchez they have a flyhalf who makes great decisions, and is very threatening with ball in hand. I feel really sorry for them - we could have easily lost this game.

As far as the Boks go, I wish Henyeke Meyer will finally realise Jannie Du Plessis is not a scrummaging tighthead prop. This is not the first game he's battled in, and it won't be the last. Bismarck had his worst Bok game in years, our locks struggled to dominate and for two thirds of the game we got bullied at the breakdown. Ruan Pienaar should never have started at 9, De Allende is not a long term solution in the midfield and neither Habana nor Hendricks looked remotely interested in the game.

Hopefully we won't get much worse.

3 Months, 3 Hours ago

Johan Goosen kicks huge drop goal on Top 14 debut

Very hard to tell at this resolution of 4 pixels per square foot. I see a double image of the ball, of which one appears to fall short and one sails over. So what's that - one and a half points?

3 Months, 4 Days ago

The Top 5 Best Haka Responses ever!

I feel this intimidating ritual is tantamount to assault and should definitely be outlawed:

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3 Months, 1 Week ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

Stringer "much better" than Aplon? Apart from maybe Dominici, none of those guys can match Aplon for pace or stepping. Not even close, I'm afraid.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

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