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Sam Burgess leaves Bath and Rugby Union to go back to League

Big shame for all concerned. But maybe the silver-lining is if Bath now have the budget to get Armitage to the Rec...

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Nick Abendanon says England players not backing overseas selection policy is 'pathetic'

England seem to have lost sight of the fact that rugby is a team game. There is a lot of talk about the collective, but they have failed where it comes to finding combinations of players that "fit" together.

The ABs have a great balance between selecting based on form but also trusting class players in the AB jersey even when they aren't necessarily playing that well for their clubs (e.g. Carter's average season). Incessant chopping and changing in the name of only ever selecting "form" players from the preceeding month does not help combinations and therefore the team to perform better.

On that basis, Armitage is consistently great and should have been considered an exception (still allowed under England policy) - but that should have been 2 years ago. I would agree that pulling him in at the last minute would have been the wrong call. I'm a big Abendanon fan too - but however exciting a player he is, on an all-round basis, he is not exceptional compared to someone like Mike Brown.

3 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Chris Ashton shouts 'push it' as Nick Evans attempts conversion kick

Class player but also an idiot. Needs to stop acting like a footballer and respect his opposition.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Niko Matawalu beats Stuart Hogg in footrace to deny him a hat-trick

Serves him right for hogging all the tries...

1 Year, 6 Months ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

Tuilagi on the wing?! :D

1 Year, 8 Months ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

England are looking more and more threatening in attack but still lack a little bit when it comes to converting chances. Wales were disappointing - particularly in the first half, so no need to get too excited but this england side is coming along really well.

Hats off to Halfpenny - body on the line as ever - he is a class act in any team (even when the rest of his team are soundly beaten).

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Shirtless Brian Lima leads Samoa in Siva Tau wardance vs Ireland

Commentators ignorant on every level. It actually didn't sound like they knew who he was...

2 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Gavin Henson knocked out by punch from new Bath team-mate

Welcome to Bath Gav...

2 Years, 4 Months ago

George Smith knocked out by Richard Hibbard on Wallaby return

Agreed - class reaction. He also didn't move from under Smith until sure that it was safe to do so (when smacked away by Robson). Good man and what a great day as captain.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Wallaby skipper James Horwill cleared and free to play in deciding Lions Test

This is not a good message to send out. Raises an interesting question as to how intent does not count in the ruling on spear tackles (for example) but apparently is everything when it comes to standing on heads... Both can result in serious injury, so what is the difference...?

2 Years, 4 Months ago