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Barbarians run riot in entertaining midweek clash against Leicester Tigers

along with all of the above comments, I'd add that they are actually perhaps introducing some cutting edge ideas which could become innovations in the game .Its like an elite hit squad of the best players in the world playing the best players in the world without - and here's the crucial bit - anything at stake. So they can try things out, test the very limits of the rules and actually help push the game forward in a weird way. (like the peno huddle, the quarterback lineout throw etc etc)

And of course the general joy fun and creativity they are bringing is heart warming.

I was worried for them after the last few years - couldn't see the point or purpose of thebaabaahs in the modern professional game....not now.

More of this!

3 Years, 9 Months ago

The Steven Luatua Quarterback Lineout throw against Australia

best baabahs match in a while....was in danger of dying out as a concept. More of this please!

3 Years, 9 Months ago

Munster come from behind to snatch dramatic win with Ian Keatley drop goal

Epic finish to that match and not a comment ...feckin facebook comments sapping the life out of the real thing....some sites feed facebook directly into the main site these days, so they are indistinguishable from actual, embedded posts. But then, you have all those facebook idiots lowering the tone...what to do?

In the meantime ,Id say watch this and remember even more insane ROG dropgoals for munster.... (just wait for the little green man to start up.... :-)

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3 Years, 9 Months ago

BYU score great try after neat passing and huge charge from Paul Lasike

He does stand up well thou, doesn't he...

4 Years, 3 Months ago

Stephen Ferris returns to rugby with trademark powerful tackle

Ah yes, a thing of considerable beauty that tackle.

Such a long layout, he must have thought it was nearly all over at various stages.

Re the timing: player didn't go to ground, but the yards he made kinda made up for it!

(He said on Irish radio that he didn't compete in this tackle as last time he went up for one of those, he did his ankle in. And it took 1.5 years to recover! Not sure how serious he was thou)

Animal backrow Ireland will have. Note sure about who JS will put where thou...

4 Years, 4 Months ago

Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass

re non-french coaches coaching France (I'm already confused! Ahem, let's plough on...)

I take the language barrier point, but something has to give. Ronan O Gara is kicking coaching over in France at the mo, and he said recently that he couldn't believe how little video analysis is done over there. I also heard another former Irish player - Bernard Jackman, currently forwards coach with Grenoble, make reference to the number of players who smoke, and how long players have to spend with fans, friends and family after the match chatting. In short, it sounds like the 1990s.

However, perhaps there are people like these two, but with years more experience, already coaching in France - ie they can speak French and know the culture. Obviously Jackman is making progress quickly - from forwards coach to possible head coach in grenoble for 2014/2015 season - but he's years off being ready.

However there could be someone currently coaching in France who could both modernise the approach and not destroy the flair culture (but maybe reduce the number of cigs smoked on matchday... :-) )

French folk? Thoughts?

4 Years, 4 Months ago

Ireland win 2014 Six Nations after late France forward pass

Sense of relief here in Ireland with that win: so often Ireland looses to teams like France in the last few mins. While SW didn't have a bad game as ref, he's a risky erratic choice for the top games. Here, he didn't go upstairs for the French try which turned out to be a knock on, and he spent an eon over the so obvious forward pass at the end for the non-try for France. And the Healy thing was obvious too.

Ireland and england best and most consistent in the 6N, French need a SH coach asap.

Ireland have SOB and this guy comin back - check out Ferris' first action after 16 months out a couple of days ago for ulster. What_a_backrow with Ferris and SOB still to join it. Ferris, SOB and O Mahony, but with lad's playin out of position, would be the best 3 to have on the pitch, but the backrow will be insane with these 2 coming back.

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4 Years, 4 Months ago

Antoine Burban's huge covering tackle on Perpignan's Watisoni Votu

Here's a tune for the next try savers and rib breakers outa leftfield...

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4 Years, 7 Months ago

Antoine Burban's huge covering tackle on Perpignan's Watisoni Votu

solid, spectacular lookingif _fairly_ routine tackle for that level, crowd responded to its impact in the stadium and that's not insignificant - and that was quite a funny ending - apt considering the vista....

DrG: my understanding of what Columbes said, is that people expect to see tip tackles here on RD, almost as the norm now- he's not saying that tackle was a tip tackle. He's perhaps decrying the fact that the illegal is more sought after by viewers than the solid legal tackle, though I could be misunderstanding Columbes....

Eitherways, its noteworthy but hardly suprising that visitors are that way...

remember the old newspaper saying: "if it bleeds it leads"

4 Years, 7 Months ago

Brian O'Driscoll's pass through the legs sets up Luke Fitzgerald try

He's brought this into his game recently - did it against samoa too - interesting development at his age!

4 Years, 8 Months ago