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LIONS WATCH: Conor Murray in driving spot for No 9 shirt

so that's a consensus on Murray then.

5 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Ma'a Nonu's huge work rate and punishing charge in Top 14 final

In France, both are possible! Defo a big impact on his head as u can see by the pace it goes back at....but he may also have milked it

6 Months, 2 Days ago

British and Irish Lions outclassed as silky Blues inflict first tour defeat

Broken play off the cuff stuff from the Blues was miles ahead of the Lions.

Defo a knock on for the SBW try but fair point on CJS try above too...

crusaders might maul the lions actually...will take 42 lads a long time to gel

6 Months, 4 Days ago

Romain Poite takes a low blow as Jannie Du Plessis sees red in Top 14 play-off

eh hold on (!) that wasn't exactly a death grip now was it?

I mean, he could have _easily_ got away...by stepping one step backwards. Or to his right. Ball was going that way anyway.

Holding on is wrong but it happens all the time in a ruck, just less visibly. So its only kind of wrong. Punch or two to the holding arm and he's shown the ref the problem and avoided a card of any description most likely.

He was a bit silly. This holding incident was wrong and should have been penalized, but he didn't deal with it well.

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

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. http://historyhub.ie/the-impact-of-pay-tv-on-sport.

7 Months, 4 Weeks 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.

9 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Thierry Dusautoir blindesides Colin Slade with punishing tackle

Armitage for the Lions?

10 Months, 1 Week 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.)

10 Months, 3 Weeks 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.

10 Months, 3 Weeks 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

http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/sport/here-are-the-details-of-dylan-hartleys-60-weeks-of-suspensions-768612.html

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago