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Rugby World Cup 2011 Team of the Tournament

Everyone knows that McCaw has an invisibility cloak, gift of Bilbo Baggins.

6 Years, 1 Month ago

Felipe Contepomi's winning drop goal isn't a winning drop goal

You can hear the Stade Fran├žais coach yelling, before Contempomi kicks the ball: "what the hell are you doing straight in front of the posts??". Then moments later: "what is he doing?? [...] WHAT THE *%# DID HE DO??" with a hint of incomprehension rather than anger, in his voice.

6 Years, 1 Month ago

Rugby World Cup 2011 Team of the Tournament

I realize that we are bound to name players from the bigger teams, in all fairness i think Gorgodze (Georgia) is an awesome player, so are Tekori, Castrogiovanni and a few others, but there just isn't enough room for everyone.

1. Cian Healy
2. William Servat
3. Owen Franks / Nicolas Mas
4. Brad Thorn
5. Luke Charteris
6. Thierry Dusautoir
7. Sam Warburton (who in the world is McCaw??)
8. Imanol Harinordoquy
9. Will Genia
10. Dan Carter
11. Shane Williams
12. Frans Steyn
13. Conrad Smith
14. Cory Jane
15. Paul Williams / Kurtley Beale

6 Years, 1 Month ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

Colombes, as far as I recall, UHTiger is also the guy who said that Cory Jane actually did Traille a major favour by tackling him in the air during the France-AB pool match (to prevent Traille from tipping over and hurting himself - Jane is such a great guy when you think about it).
Basically, UHTiger is biased, you're biased, and I'm biased. Conversation seems a bit futile so I'm moving on now.

6 Years, 1 Month ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

Well as I pointed below, I see 2 All-Blacks in the following list, with corresponding events in NZ domestic games: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye-gouging_%28rugby_union%29

There are 5 French players in that same list.

How many players have gone unpunished? If the IRB only catches 1 criminal in 10, then there are still 20 cases of unpunished eye-gouging ABs out there ...

What I'm trying to say is that eye-gouging is nasty and unforgivable but it's not typically French or typically non-NZ. You can therefore let it go, France is no worse than any other nation of rugby. Rougerie is a major asshole if he's eye-gouged McCaw. Rougerie. Not "The French". Rougerie on his own. Get it?

6 Years, 1 Month ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

Your tone is a bit pedantic. Is French rugby a paradise for filthy eye-gougers?

I see 2 All-Blacks in the following list, with corresponding events in NZ domestic games: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye-gouging_%28rugby_union%29

Of course this list is only about convicted felons, there may be a lot of free-roaming gougers still out there (and Rougerie may yet be one of them).

6 Years, 1 Month ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

If you are referring to Morgan Parra's nasal fracture (read the news) in the final, then I suppose you are right and the boy was clearly simulating.
If you think that spitting at a papparrazzi annoying you when you're a "celebrity" is a scandal, then you should read the gossip section more often.
Other than that I have no complaints, apart from my take on McCaw, who in my eyes is nothing more than a modern-day Dallaglio on the field (and a good guy off it). Aren't we all entitled to our opinion?

6 Years, 1 Month ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

Shelford has experience with what some French players did in amateur rugby of the 1980s. How does that amount to "what the French will do to win?". In the 1980s Argentina and England were fighting over a rock and a Hollywood actor was president of the USA.
My take on things: Rougerie is a very nice lad, but he is filmed trying to rip McCaw's head off at the 76th minute of a rugby world cup final. Perhaps it was eye-raking, perhaps it wasn't, I can't tell, even objectively, although I don't think it looks good for Rougerie.
I honestly don't know the speed of the slow-motion, did the whole action last 1/10th of a second or 2 seconds?.
Now in my mind, be it French or not, since Rougerie is such a nice guy, I'll believe he was pissed off and didn't try to make McCaw lose an eye. Maybe I'm biased. But maybe I'm wrong, and if I am I'll be the first guy to ask that Rougerie be banned for ages.

6 Years, 1 Month ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

Well I do say something stupid here and there, I'm not perfect :)
Regarding Rougerie, it's just that he's such a nice lad ... makes it difficult to imagine he could do such a thing. There is no excuse for this type of behaviour, even if we all know why he lost it for a brief spell.
Regarding the comment about "the French", it's not so untrue. It is in fact true that in French rugby it is considered sort of normal to do justice yourself, kneeing, punching, ??gouging?? (never seen a case at my amateur level) players who cheat or do dirty tricks that the referee doesn't notice. I personally don't do it. In fact I remember getting more or less grabbed by the balls during my last game on Friday, and not doing anything in retaliation. I just keep focused on the game.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind ...

6 Years, 1 Month ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

This just in from stuff.co.nz:
"I got a poke in the eye. I don't know if it was intentional, it was pretty quick," McCaw said.
An intentional quick poke in the eye suggests that Rougerie was trying to rip McCaw's face off and failed (which we tend to see in the video - where he seems to go for his nose? then slips then goes for his eyes? ears?).

6 Years, 1 Month ago