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Highlights from the Army vs Navy classic clash at Twickenham

That was an exciting match. The crowd sure was into it. The guys wearing the tri-cornered hats and 18th century outfits got a laugh from me. I'm guessing they were Navy fans?

1 Day, 2 Hours ago

Brilliant kick pass from Matty James puts winger in for great Stade Montois try

Brilliant play. That is the type of play that can't be rehearsed in training. It comes about from creativity. Carwyn James would approve.

1 Day, 2 Hours ago

Rugby Tactics: The Art of Attacking the Transition Zone

Basically the video is just pointing out that taking advantage of an inside gap, close to where the tackle occurred, is one way of attacking. I think the most important aspect of this is getting quick ball, and not allowing ball to sit still at the back of a so-called ruck for the defenses to set up in the first place. Redirecting attack from mid-field works well too, obviously, but I question how to run that sort of move in training. It's the type of play that needs some off the cuff creativity more than rehearsed running in training with no or partial defenders, in my opinion. Communicating between backs that there's a gap opening on one side or the other of the field is very key to these moves working out in the first place, to have the point of attack switched to the other direction. I'm reminded somewhat of a move that England tried in the World Cup final of 1991, when ball won in midfield was spun out left first, then Guscott came running behind in the opposite direction to take a long scissors pass to hook up with his wing moving diagonally right, with most of the Australian defense drifting to its right. It didn't result in a try, but it did gain good amount of ground in the process.

1 Day, 2 Hours ago

Rib crunching tackle from French star at the recent Atlanta 7s

In my older years of refereeing rugby, which I have been doing for some twenty years, I've seen quite a few women on the pitch who were easy on the eyes. I refereed plenty of university matches in my day, and the ones with the best legs usually roll up the waistband of the shorts to emphasize it even more. There have been those lookers who flinched at tackling or being tackled, as though afraid their looks might get messed up, and those who ran hard and tackled hard with little regard for how a nose might get broken, or a tooth get knocked out; but that's been said of backs by forwards in men's rugby throughout the decades.

5 Days, 19 Hours ago

Rib crunching tackle from French star at the recent Atlanta 7s

I'll tell you, there's some American women who can make a very hard tackle. I've seen it plenty.

5 Days, 19 Hours ago

Team GB Rugby 7s kit ready to make debut at 2016 Olympics

So, this is going to be a team made up of English, Welsh, and Scots? The Irish, either side of their border, are they going to play for Ireland? Regarding the kit, get rid of whatever that logo is on the front, downsize it to be a chest badge, and it's okay. The collar could be a bit longer, if that is indeed a "grand dad" collar.

5 Days, 19 Hours ago

Gala score try within 11.14 seconds of match kick off!

I'm a traditionalist. Perhaps rugby will take a cue from baseball, as that sport went through an ugly uniform phase in the 70's and 80's. Now, and in the last twenty years, all the major league teams wear, even though polyester, uniforms that look like the old school ones prior to the 70's, which were made of lightweight wool flannel or nylon/wool blends. I noticed that Oxford and Cambridge wore traditional looking kit for their match this past December.
By the way, I'm the only referee in the Northern California Rugby Union to still wear traditional kit out on the pitch. I've ordered some jerseys from Amazon UK recently that were solid colored and had no logos, made by Uneek. It's cheaper, even with shipping, to buy from the UK, instead of from an American manufacturer, a similar shirt.

5 Days, 19 Hours ago

Gala score try within 11.14 seconds of match kick off!

Nice kit Gala has. Shirt even has a collar, and plain white shorts! Adverts down to a minimum. The other team, wearing something that looks like a Greatfull Dead tie-died shirt, not so nice.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Fergus McFadden suspended for three weeks for this dangerous high tackle

The tackler came off worse for wear, and that's what can happen with these crash tackles. Also, the injury could have gone the other way, and there could have been a concussion. There was absolutely no attempt to wrap the arms around the ball carrier. The tackler also dipped and came up with the shoulder charge. This is how tackling is taught in Amerian football. I'm American, and have played that game. It's legal to tackle that way with the helmets and pads, though hitting the helmet is off limits.
One other thing: that blue wing looks to be of some size. And of course that's how the game has evolved, with more flanker-sized and even second-row sized players in the backs.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Anthony Watson furious after receiving straight red card vs Saracens

Have they had a 22 drop out on that field this year? Just wondering. I remember seeing the Rec Ground back in November of 1993. There was deep in-goals then. I guess the 'try zone' seating took care of that.
Don't see that a red was warranted. A yellow, yes. The other tackle looked much worse. That indeed looked very deliberate. By the way, refeeing a game earlier in the year, one team's full back, about 6'2" in height ran into a tackle and in doing so jumped up into the tackler (this was in the middle of the pitch), who was some four or five inches shorter. He was then immediately bounded onto by his teammates to form a maul as his tackler also had a few if his team come in and bind on. The fullback's feet were about half a foot off the ground, in the middle of a man sandwich. I just couldn't blow a whistle for a penalty given the way things developed, as technically the ball carrier wasn't 'lifted' in the tackle, having lifted himself in jumping into the tackler, and waited for his feet to touch ground and then the maul continue.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago