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Southland Boys upset Otago Boys as Hakas set the scene for stunning individual try

I skipped the hakas, as I'm really bored with them. Overdone. To think the Seventh All Blacks did the haka once in four months of touring.

Great counter-attack move, linking with the fullback who saw the gap as the defense drifted thinking the ball was going wide, and seemingly no one back, or not too many, to cover.

3 Days, 15 Hours ago

A look at the England vs Wales warmup Test and who should come out on top

Too many games, too long of a season. Result: too many injuries, too many burned-out players. You'd think internationals and tours would be given a rest for a season post RWC, then ramped up again in 2017. Lions are on tour next year anyway.

3 Days, 15 Hours ago

Scotland pull off unbelievable comeback to win historic first ever Sevens title

Good on the nation that actually invented 7's. And good on them for wearing kit that actually looks like rugby kit.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Rugby Tactics: The Art of Attacking the Transition Zone

Well, it takes having backs that are thinking, not just reacting, and able to change their options quickly as any gaps in the defense appear. Carwyn James pointed that out many years ago. To quote:
"All I am saying is that you can do anything in the world provided you have the
players who can take the ball and pass it, who can handle. Then ploys are easy;
the moves, the gimmicks, call them what you like."

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

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?

4 Weeks, 18 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.

4 Weeks, 18 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.

4 Weeks, 18 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.

1 Month, 3 Days 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.

1 Month, 3 Days 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.

1 Month, 3 Days ago