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Stuart Lancaster explains David Strettle withdrawal as RWC squad train together

Hard to imagine a bloke with the chance to play in a world cup excusing himself from the squad like this, but he has his reasons and you have to respect the fact that he's made the call in time for Lancaster and the team to crack on.

Fair play to him too for making it easy for Stuart Lancaster and making the decision for him. Would be unfair in my opinion to continue ignoring blokes like Steffon Armitage but keep someone else in the squad who is about to be in the same situation.

Have to say, with all due respect, that I'm delighted, because I really feel that Rokoduguni was a massively conspicuous omission from the squad and I'm pleased he's now involved. Not only should he be in the squad, he would be my starting #14. He's the best defender in that area, which is going to be crucial particularly against the monster Nadodo. (Quite an interesting prospect, I admit, tasking a Fijian with stopping Fiji's greatest attacking threat).

Would have liked a more ringing endorsement of Rokoduguni from Lancaster, but I suppose he can't very well say he was wrong to leave him out in the first place, can he.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Midweek Madness - NZ U20 coach Scott Robertson's break dance celebration

Now that is my kind of dancing!! Shit, but who cares.
Admittedly it usually takes me eight pints before I have the guts to do it...

2 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand beat England to fifth Under 20s World Championship title

Don't think so mate. They've done it twice before every game I've seen in this competition. (For the Jerry Collins one they could have done it 20 times as far as I'm concerned, that's a different situation altogether).

I didn't say I was sick of it. I love the haka. Something about having seen it before every single game for x-hundred times now, it's just starting to lose a bit of its mystique, for me personally.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand beat England to fifth Under 20s World Championship title

Haha! Yeah, at least he can blame the angle and speed of the England player's run - and the fact it's a front five forward against a pacy back. I think it's FIVE England players who missed or made very ineffective tackles for the first NZ try.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand beat England to fifth Under 20s World Championship title

Someone's got his fishing rod out! ;)

But I have to admit, much as I bloody love the haka as a spectacle and it almost pains me to say it, I'm starting to get a bit bored of it recently. Maybe it should just be for home games or something??

Also, these Baby Blacks seem to perform the whole Ka Mate sequence twice?? Seems a bit gratuitous frankly.4

2 Months, 1 Week ago

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 18

FYI:
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2 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand beat England to fifth Under 20s World Championship title

Not happy about the tackling for the first NZ try!!!

2 Months, 1 Week ago

A fascinating look, and listen, at Christian Lealiifano mic'd up during a match

Agree.

I was thinking about that Stu Dickinson piece the other day. Guessing he must be on the working party that came up with the new laws application guide or is close to people who are. Thought it was a neat PR move by him getting in the press on the same subject a week or two before the announcement. Looked quite the prescient sage.


2 Months, 1 Week ago

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

May be hard to believe, given the way some decisions seem to go these days, but you are in fact still allowed to lift a bloke when you tackle him. You just need to ensure his safety.
Also, I don't think feet 6-10 inches off the ground qualifies as a lifting tackle.

I can see where you're coming from here, but seriously you are barking up the wrong tree.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Andre Esterhuizen and Robert du Preez both suspended for tip tackles

My contention is that the card colours recommendation in the directive is fairly clear and that the ref got the Du Preez one correct according to the directive. Further that the citing process is an inconsistent shambles, in this case heavy-handedly incorrect on the Du Preeez tackle.

2 Months, 1 Week ago