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Martin Johnson reflects on England win over Wales in Lions context

I wouldn't rate Russell that highly.
What was that match recently where he ignored about 5 perfectly set up drop goal opportunities right in front of the posts, in the last five minutes of the game? I'd have been fuming if I'd been in his forward pack.
That nonsense with the rushed kick against France.
Also against France, I saw him throw some ridiculous speculative offloads which all turned to shit. (The one sublime offload to put Seymour through and create the try is the exception that proves the rule).
All the above shows he doesn't have the temperament and game management that will be needed in NZ.

8 Hours, 11 Minutes ago

Sona Taumalolo makes thumping hit against Pau in the Top 14

Boomfaaah!

As so often with these monster hits, I'm equally impressed by the ball-carrier's ability to keep and present the ball...

If you watch it on a slow enough speed, you can see Taumalolo did at least attempt to grasp the player (aka wrap arms around him), which is impressive in itself considering how fast the bloke was bouncing away from him!

Would definitely recommend trying out in Hollywood before his rugby career's over. Could be an amazing villain or henchman.

9 Hours, 13 Minutes ago

Fascinating insight to technology's role in modern rugby

Anyone see this clip of Jacob Zuma being heckled as he fumbled over Van der Westuizen's name?
https://www.facebook.com/vanniekaap.co.za/videos/1275390432542841/

13 Hours, 56 Minutes ago

Ruan Pienaar starts and finishes superb try as Ulster beat Glasgow Warriors

Brilliant! And from the same video: if Nick Evans goes to Paris again they'll take him to the Bastille and get the guillotine out!

I should say this in a hushed voice, but I actually think Robson brings more colourful idioms and metaphors than Bill McLaren did.

My personal favourite, after a horrible hospital pass resulted in someone being scythed in half: well it was the sort of pass you'd give to someone who'd just taken your last Rolo!

1 Day, 3 Hours ago

Fascinating insight to technology's role in modern rugby

Interesting and insightful. Can't say I learnt anything as such, but this is a nice behind-the-scenes piece.

The mos intriguing but I thought was where several of the coaches said they use all these data to back up their own gut instincts and subjective opinions. Not saying this is wrong, but it's generally not a great way to use research. As the advertising guru David Ogilvy said: a fool uses research the way a drunk man uses a lamp-post; more for support than illumination.

1 Day, 3 Hours ago

Fascinating insight to technology's role in modern rugby

How dare you!!

Wash your mouth out with soap and water Mr H.

Collisions, big hits, dirty play, trysavers and rib-breakers are the very cornerstone, nay bedrock no less, of this wonderful website.

1 Day, 3 Hours ago

Ruan Pienaar starts and finishes superb try as Ulster beat Glasgow Warriors

*This bloke

1 Day, 7 Hours ago

Ruan Pienaar starts and finishes superb try as Ulster beat Glasgow Warriors

*This bloke

1 Day, 7 Hours ago

Ruan Pienaar starts and finishes superb try as Ulster beat Glasgow Warriors

https://youtu.be/qw4-b3jDWoU

Two brilliant moments around 2:15 on the video:

The defending Glasgow player patting Pienaar's shoulder and congratulating him on a job well done. "Busted his ass" trying to stop the try and must have been thinking You Bastard, but still able to appreciate and acknowledge the brilliance of it. I find this type of thing a great manifestation of rugby values.

And the second thing is some classic Mark Robson commentary, rambling on about replacing lost calories with sponge cake. His bloke always makes me laugh.

1 Day, 14 Hours ago

Fraser McKenzies comes off second best in Tommy Bowe collision

Totally agree Reality. I don't like to take pleasure in anyone's misfortune/injury, but this bloke got exactly what he deserved. The law says you don't have to move out of the way, but McKenzie very deliberately stepped INTO Bowe's path, which is illegal. It's also pretty dangerous if you ask me, and despite my opening sentence, frankly I'm delighted that he got hurt in the process of such a cynical cheap-shot move, and equally so that Bowe came out of it unscathed.

2 Days, 14 Hours ago