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Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

Completely agree with you. I'm still hoping to see Ford-Eastmond-Joseph as the starting combo. Now they can focus on gelling the appropriate style of play.

However, I wouldn't be able to look at myself in the mirror and say "yes stroudos, you really are a contrarian prick" if I didn't quickly suggest that I don't think England would have beaten New Zealand at all, let alone by such a margin, in 2012 without Tuilagi playing that day.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Aviva Premiership Tries plus Highlights Wrap - Round 21

0:57 - haven't heard of this bloke before - hooker Jamie George. That is a lovely run and soft offload. Will be keeping an eye out for him in future.

Worried about Danny Care - immaterial as a try was scored, but have a look around 2:20. He has acres of space on his left and a support runner on his shoulder; chooses instead to seek contact with two players. Either this is just a very poor tactical decision or he was trying to make some kind of point against George Ford, which would both be unhealthy from an England half-backs combo point of view and expose a temperament that could backfire in important games.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

*groan*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFcqGGMPc3k


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1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Carlin Isles burns England in semi final as USA fly to London 7s Cup Final victory

Git. He could at least *pretend* to be out of breath for a moment.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

Agree with (almost) all of that Dan - good point well made.

The only exception - I wasn't even arguing a point. Just highlighting the comical use of language, (content, not grammar or syntax), in DrG's post. Reminded me of those sensationalist tabloid headings - you know the sort, "did this immigrant touch your child and steal your job?". Subtitle: "no, but he might!!".

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

Yeah, I'd already decided this was going to my last troll-baiting attempt on Big Bad Phill. Definitely going to call it a day now, what with Phill's annoying absence from the thread, DrG's inferior version above and the misunderstanding caused for non-regulars.

I wonder in fact if the "guest" comments were actually posted by Big Bad Phill - if they were, I doff my cap to you sir, for anti-counter-troll-trollbaiting.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

I didn't say he shouldn't be banned.

Just the way it suddenly escalated to sexual assault and kiddie-fiddling that made me laugh!

BTW I already did the NH softies shtick... ;)

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

Don't worry mate, it was just meant as bait to troll one of the regular posters on here.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

True. The French even have a tight head prop who plays most of his games at outside centre.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi admits to assaulting police officers, won't be part of Rugby World Cup

DrG: I don't wish to snowball the whole thing, but had he been convicted of some sexual assault or possess indecent pictures of minors, should he really be allowed to play?

Mate I have to say this is the strangest, most tangential strawman line of logic I've seen outside of the Daily Mail letters page...

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago