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Julian Savea continues to draw comparisons to the great Jonah Lomu

For Christ's sake shave that moustache off Julian.

1 Day, 15 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

DrG: whatever I'm doing is not intentional

Are you undergoing hypnosis?

1 Day, 19 Hours ago

Looking back at a classic Steve Walsh moment as he announces retirement

I thought when clicking on "a classic Steve Walsh moment" we were going to see him ordering up a TMO replay and checking his hair on the big screen.... Or was that every game?

He's made some shocking decisions in his time and in my opinion always tried to be too matey with the players, but he wasn't all bad and will definitely be missed. He was certainly a character - although of course if you're the sort of person who judges a ref by how little you notice him, that's not necessarily a good thing.

1 Day, 19 Hours ago

Looking back at a classic Steve Walsh moment as he announces retirement

Someone once pointed out that he walks like he's got a carrot lodged in his rectum. I've never really been able to look at him the same way since.....

1 Day, 19 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Not sure where "For me, pretending to be injured is as bad as deliberately trying to injure" fits into the point being discussed but by God I agree with you 100%.

2 Days, 15 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

He's had no stick from me mate.

I didn't literally mean consider the distance the ball has travelled, more that the action was that much more complete; if Plisson had kicked, either the ball would have hit Lawes in the face or he'd still be swinging his kicking leg forward. So it's an illustrative way of saying Betsen's was *slightly* later than Lawes's.

It's marginally late; Lawes's for me was spot-on. Splitting hairs though and I never intended to get into this detail. You'll notice I said I thought Betsen's yellow was wrong.

3 Days, 8 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Excellent post Gonzoman.

I wonder though if taking passes deeper is the answer for the flyhalf. Counter-intuitively perhaps, if he plays even flatter and attacks the gainline more aggressively, someone like Lawes will have less opportunity to build up a head of steam, so you're actually slightly less likely to get mullered.

3 Days, 10 Hours ago

Midweek Madness - Nigel Owens puts Chris Robshaw in his place

Of course, Robshaw's point wasn't helped by the three Englishmen "lying around on the floor" right in front of him and Owens as he made his complaint.....

3 Days, 13 Hours ago

Jacques Potgieter fined $20,000 for homophobic comments against the Brumbies

Ten thousand dollars though?!?

I would like to know what he actually said that was deemed that heinous.

3 Days, 13 Hours ago

Bismarck du Plessis banned for a month for kicking Michael Leitch in the face

I do find it quite amusing how Leitch - after being kicked studs-first in the face! - gets up, gives Bismarck a little shove and trots off to get on with his game. I've never been kicked in the head on a rugby pitch but I can't imagine I'd remain so composed if it did happen!

"the player claims he was frustrated by Chiefs' No. 8 not releasing him from the tackle".
This is bullshit. Maybe held for a split second, max.

3 Days, 13 Hours ago