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France ease past Italy with comfortable win at the Stade de France

This match has drawn me towards two conclusions; France can win this tournament if they can work out how to put in a full 80 minute performance, and Italy should be favourites to beat Scotland next time out.

I thought the Azzurri actually played well enough for the score to be closer, but lacked the star power and cutting edge to turn their territory into points. Garcia looked weak in the centre and Allen didn't play well, but the pack worked very hard (the prop was awesome), and the wingers looked alright. Orquera should start as he kicked an excellent conversion and ran hard at the line to get his runners going once he came on.

One last point, Parisse isn't what he once was.

11 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Top 10 Tries in South African Rugby in 2013

I'd have to give it to Aplon out of that lot, mesmeric hip movement to break the line and then again to tie the full back up in knots. Quite liked the Sharks first phase try too - excellent chip, deft pass and great gas.

What more could you want?

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago

New Ireland prop Rodney Ah You smashes lock Alistair Hargreaves

Part of me thinks that anyone who wants to commit themselves to play for another country and qualifies correctly then good luck to them. And yet when done on residency grounds I cant help but feel like someone that's coming through the youth ranks has missed out.

Great hit nevertheless.

1 Year, 1 Week ago

Rupeni Caucaunibuca looking slim, trim and determined at Northland

Total Rugby and Rugby Dump: my two favourite sources of clips/features combined. More please.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Nick Wood red carded after 73 seconds for stamp on Jacques Burger

I love the physicality of rugby but this is just thuggery. I don't buy the whole 'clumsy' line for one second and although he perhaps didn't 100% mean to stamp on his head, you can bet he didn't care what part of Burger's body fell beneath him - he wanted to make an impact regardless.

I suspect the Horwill defence might be deployed, but he should be a man and take a ban.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Ronan O'Mahony back heel flick sets up try for James Coughlan vs Edinburgh

Well, he definitely didn't mean for that to happen, just tried to get something on the ball as it stuck under him. Doesn't come close to Zebo's tekkers.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Two Argentina players cited after eye-gouge and biting claims in Mendoza

Hard to see exactly what went on so i wouldn't expect long bans to be imposed. Argies lost their cool in the last twenty where so many test matches are won or lost and it played straight into SA hands.

Discipline is everything!

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Ridiculous Passes of All Time

Some orgasmic stuff there! My vote is for the Fijian combo in the sevens - old skool skills in a big game

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Drew Mitchell catches the ball between his feet after Leigh Halfpenny penalty

silky skills from a class player. Played a good game on Sat

1 Year, 7 Months ago

USA Eagle Samu Manoa's huge hit on Peter O'Mahony

That was great, but it was made all the more watchable for the Yankee Doodle commentary. I hope rugby can really kick on in the States, a couple of big scalps on the 7s circuit and at the world cup and things could take off nicely for them.

CRUNCH

1 Year, 7 Months ago

 
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