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All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

And they should have won. A penalty kick was missed that would have put the Irish up by enough points that the All Black would have lost, because there was only a few minutes left, but enough time for the All Blacks to work their way down the pitch (and it really helped that a forward pass wasn't called in one of the phases of play close to the Irish goal line).

1 Day, 5 Hours ago

All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

One of the tries really impressed me, where the player being tackled kept the ball alive and passed it off as he was hitting the ground. Lots of times the tackled player just goes to ground meaning another ruck, and the possibility of a static ruck being formed in which the defense reorganizes itself. There was plenty of quick ball in this game. The other try that was impressive was the Aussie number 7 taking on his tackler and keeping his feet until he was close to the goal line, and the number 10 was right there to snag the ball and dive over.
The end was very similar to the Ireland match last year. In that one it looked like a forward pass was missed by the ref, and the All Blacks scored. Not this time, at least from the highlight vid. I'd like to see what happened in the minutes before that got the All Blacks deep in the Aussie's territory with time running out.

1 Day, 5 Hours ago

Midweek Madness - The human hurdle attempt

There's lots of Welsh club rugby from back in the day on You Tube. It's fun to watch. NO static rucks and most rucks and mauls have all the forwards in them, so there's space for the backs!

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Rugby's first ever OWN TRY awarded in NRC clash in Sydney

I doubt that's what happened. I can only come away with the idea that the ball was played off the ground near the goal line by the defense, which should be a penalty. And this wouldn't be the first time two teams played with shirts that shared a color, and in this case the one team has only a bit of yellow on their shirts to the other team.

1 Day, 5 Hours ago

Rugby's first ever OWN TRY awarded in NRC clash in Sydney

Canadian football has a rouge (one point), and American football has a safety (two points) for doing something similar, in which the score goes against one's one team.
Rugby has no such thing.

1 Day, 5 Hours ago

Rugby's first ever OWN TRY awarded in NRC clash in Sydney

But he played the ball on the ground. He wasn't on his feet, I don't know if he was tackled from the replay. It looks like he pilfered the ball at the base of a ruck and placed in over his own goal line. It should have been a penalty to the attacking team.

1 Day, 5 Hours ago

Rugby's first ever OWN TRY awarded in NRC clash in Sydney

The player who grounded the ball over the goal line did so while lying on the ground, therefore playing the ball while on the ground. It would be incorrect to award a penalty try in that situation. A penalty should have been awarded five meters out to the attacking side.

1 Day, 5 Hours ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

And another question: was it Dominici or La Salle who marked Lomu in the '99 WC semi final? Both were excellent small players.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

Just about everyone mentioned in the top five is a recent or active player. Five is too small a sample size. Gerald Davies (5'8" 12 stone), Phil Bennett (5'8" 12 stone), and Barry John (5'9" 11 stone) would have to be on anyone's best list with more than five players mentioned, like maybe the top 15 players regarded as "small." I'd add Gareth Edwards, who was only 5'8", but he had to have been at least 13 stone. So what does small mean? Is 12 stone a weight limit, and 5'9" a height limit?

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Call of the Wallaby - Episode 1

So you are suggesting that newspapers and the media in general are more prone to cover league over union. I guess then that's just what has happened historically. League just has more of a fan base, especially in Sydney. Union still looked upon as a schools sport for the upper middle class. I got that from the documentary, regarding the single mom who has a kid going to St. Joseph's.
So winning two RWCs hasn't had the sort of knock-on effect that one would think would happen with that kind of success. Again I see some irony here too, because the union game in the last decade or two has changed so much as to have so many similarities to league. Maybe the average casual fan of rugby has it in his mind, in Australia, that with the two codes having become somewhat similar, why not just be focused on league, especially if coming from a family of league club supporters.
An uncle of mine who lived in Sydney was a Balmain Tigers fan back in the day. He died a few years back. Yet he always knew who was on the Wallabies, and certainly watched the internationals when they were on the TV.
Being an American, from California, I only will comment that rugby here in the States is never, ever going to be very popular, though it's past being a "cult" sport. There was some interest developed with the telecast of the 1995 RWC, but most games were on an night. Next year it will be interesting to see how much ESPN gives to its coverage on TV. My point is that interest is lower for rugby than soccer, which has recently peaked with the WC in Brazil. High school rugby is still rather spotty. It's been eclipsed by la crosse, as American boys have been attracted to playing that sport if they aren't into football, baseball, and basketball. Soccer is very popular with youth here. Ask Americans on the street if they've ever seen a rugby match, and most will still say no.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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