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Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup

I've refereed many, many women's matches. I've rarely ever seen a player shove another from the opposite side, let alone exhibit unsportsmanlike behavio(u)r.

3 Days, 2 Hours ago

Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup

I totally agree. I'd rather watch the women play than the men. With men it's either the overplay of phase rugby, three meters and another phony ruck, or aerial ping pong!

3 Days, 4 Hours ago

Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup

I saw the tape-delayed broadcast of USA v England the other day, and I have to say that the level of play, of both teams, was high. England tactically kicked the ball to keep America pinned into their own end of the pitch, and the running of the ball, the unloosening of play, by both teams, was what I would expect from top class rugby, by either sex. I'm afraid the men's game has become more of a "union" version of rugby league, with multiple phase play, while the women are intent to shift the ball and get it out and over the goal line. The commentators during the USA v Italy match criticized the USA for trying to keep the ball alive, therefore making ball handling errors when they might have "gone to ground." Why play it safe so often? Keep the ball alive and don't go to ground so often! Carwyn James would approve.

3 Days, 4 Hours ago

WIN the new England 2017-2018 home jersey

I'd like to see some statistical analysis of whether head injuries are up since the advent of tight fitting shirts compared to before when looser fitting shirts were worn. The tackling has changed. In American football a lot has been done with equipment to make the game safer. I wonder in rugby if tight shirts could be seen as having to go as a safety precaution if indeed the wearing of such is leading to more head injuries. A player can't just grab onto a shirt anymore, most of the time anyway.

1 Week, 3 Days ago

WIN the new England 2017-2018 home jersey

Dr. G, I hear you. Just how much faster can someone run with this newfangled kit? My guess is what, .05 of a second faster over 100 meters? Another ugly design, some sort of phony collar to it which is just, well, phony! Just go back to the solid white shirts, and, for heaven's sake, with collars, like Ireland, Scotland and the Lions have. I can accept that polyester is here to stay, but do what baseball did in America: go back to a traditional look!

1 Week, 3 Days ago

Series drawn as All Blacks and British & Irish Lions decider ends in stalemate

Unfortunately not one major sports TV outlet in America has even mentioned this series and its importance.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Series drawn as All Blacks and British & Irish Lions decider ends in stalemate

These comments are much more civil than on YouTube, and there the Kiwis are really in a bother about not winning the series. I'm sorry, but in sports a 100% winning situation just doesn't exist. There might be dynasties by teams in sports now and then, but things seem to even out over time. It's about time the Lions returned to Great Britain/Ireland with something other than a series loss. I doubt the runway at Heathrow is going to be jammed with fans like in 1971, but I imagine the Lions are going to get some attention from the British and Irish public for what they've accomplished on tour. Good on them. And I predicted that they would not lose. Kiwis were saying a year ago that there was going to be a white wash and a thrashing of the Lions. Maybe they have opened their collective mouths a bit too often!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Series drawn as All Blacks and British & Irish Lions decider ends in stalemate

Look, I'm an American, and in sports such as American football and baseball, caught balls can be dropped, and then the runner is safe at first if the first baseman drops the ball out of his mit, or the ball hit into the outfield isn't an out as the outfielder lost control of the ball and it hit the ground, or the ball thrown by the quarterback is incomplete because the ball caught by his team mate was dropped right away and no control of the ball took place! And for crissakes, read Law 11.6 A and B. Now, if the Lions player actually caught the ball and turned around and proceeded to "play it" by running forward toward the All Blacks' goal line, then it would be a penalty against the Lions. He didn't do that! I referee, by the way, and rarely have I called a penalty for accidental offside, but more than often award a scrum to the non-offending side. A similar situation occurred with Scotland v Australia in the last RWC, and I believe Scotland got screwed because it wasn't certain that the ball went off an Australian or a Scot.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Series drawn as All Blacks and British & Irish Lions decider ends in stalemate

Law 11.6 A and B as written indicate to me that there was no intentional offside, so yes, a scrum awarded to New Zealand. The ball could barely be said to have been caught, as the Lion player immediately dropped it. And looking as I have a few times at the replay, it seems the ball went sideways to him anyway, so it wasn't forward. Then let's look at the All Black player challenging for the ball when it was in the air. Contact was made bodily. So, the All Blacks should have gotten penalized. Then the Lions could have kicked the ball in touch downfield, won a lineout from close range, and Farrell might have drop kicked the Lions to a series win!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Series drawn as All Blacks and British & Irish Lions decider ends in stalemate

Law 11.6 A and B as written indicate to me that there was no intentional offside, so yes, a scrum awarded to New Zealand. The ball could barely be said to have been caught, as the Lion player immediately dropped it. And looking as I have a few times at the replay, it seems the ball went sideways to him anyway, so it wasn't forward. Then let's look at the All Black player challenging for the ball when it was in the air. Contact was made bodily. So, the All Blacks should have gotten penalized. Then the Lions could have kicked the ball in touch downfield, won a lineout from close range, and Farrell might have drop kicked the Lions to a series win!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago