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A closer look at how Professionalism has changed Rugby

agree 10 st 10 - that video was a horrible piece of spin, esp at the start. Expanding the game in general and the current pay per view trajectory are not the same thing!
For the facts of viewership (which helps with expanding the game) see this excellent article by Dr Paul Rouse - not just rugby, but it is so telling in how the move to pay per view reduces the audience - it _does not_ expand it.

2 Weeks, 20 Hours ago

New Zealand Super Rugby 'BOOM BOOM' advert comes under fire ahead of tournament

i guess its designed to reach out to non typical rugby folk....which it obviously does. And yes ,its well made.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Thierry Dusautoir blindesides Colin Slade with punishing tackle

Armitage for the Lions?

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Francois Steyn red carded for attempting to take Johnny Sexton's head off

Of all number 10s at this level of the game, is there another who is targeted as much as Sexton?

(I know they all are targeted a bit, and that's part of the game, but I'm also curious.)

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Francois Steyn red carded for attempting to take Johnny Sexton's head off

i think the clue as to whether it was a dangerous head high tackle is in the title of this article.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Thought so - just in time for the big matches....and just before an announcement of a tougher stand from world rugby on head action.

Here's his roll call of honour...he seems to like taking chunks out of Irish lads in particular

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

And what about Sean O Brien? A guy who should actually travel with the Lions, and probably start - unlike Hartley - is knocked out after struggling with injury for ages. Concussion is not something you want to be experiencing too often.

All of this poor DH bullshit, he's let himself down, how will this impact the Lions yada yada.

He hardly ever even starts for Northampton ffs!

Because of the England and Eddy Jones/Lions factor, expect Hartley back just in time for the important games in the 6N. I hope I'm wrong on this, but I really doubt it.

The 'tackle' itself, with that horizontal swinging arm? Come on!

Sean O Brien for the Lions Captaincy :-)

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Highlights from Week 4 of the November Tests

Kiwi in Germany are you looking specifically for cases of AUS being hard done by here or are you looking at all cases of ref mistakes?

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

New Zealand avenge previous loss with bruising win over Ireland

i don't think there is any special animosity towards NZ after the match in Ireland actually - I don't think it'll sour relations in the future or whatever - genuinely - Warren Gatland's potty mouth does more to annoy people in reality.
Irish folk are in general delighted to have finally beaten them and done reasonably well the second time - ie not capitulation, as many had feared.
And they know the best team won.
I'm suprised Rugbydump has actually started another tread on this, after I'd imagine we're more or less finished talking about it!
Fundamentally, NZ play a brilliant and v high tempo brand of rugby and in many ways its good that its on the edge. The alternative? Look at the English and French championships. Boring as hell and brutal anyway.

5 Months, 5 Days ago

New Zealand avenge previous loss with bruising win over Ireland

true, tackles can look worse slow, and i choose not to upload an even slower one for that reason .But the point of contact is the point of contact. And one player can see what's about to happen, the other can't. that's indisputable. With the new info from authorities on head tackles, for this to be called just a collision seems naive from the ref- or, he bottled it. In any case, the citing commissioner sees differently.
As regards selected pictures in the irish or NZ press, they are way too decontextualised to be taken too seriously. Obviously Irish and NZ media will be selective ,backing up their own - there are loads of available vids of illegal head tackles on stander, zebo, O Brien for eg). However - inevitably, with an 8 vs 26 pen count against NZ, the cards and now the citings - its clear which side was breaking the laws of the game.
Also the citing commissioner found 12 incidents of concern , 1 Irish and 11 NZ. And the Irish didn't cite NZ.
None of this is to say that Ireland would have won - they probably wouldn't have! NA are very hard to beat, they had their locks back, and had won 18 of their previous 19 games! But when a game pans out the way that one did, you do have to look at the head stuff, with the problem of concussions etc. Its a broader point.
(But its worth repeating, NZ probably would have won anyway)

5 Months, 6 Days ago