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Clermont flanker Viktor Kolelishvili shoves referee Wayne Barnes

This is a very good point.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Danny Cipriani sets up Nev Edwards with another great bit of attacking play

Re Hartley as captain, I believe this is just a way to maintain a full team of 15 players on the pitch. Much like a scrum half I play with; if he's captain, he has some licence to chunter away at the ref all game, moaning and questioning everything with a much lower likelihood of being yellow-carded for it.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Danny Cipriani sets up Nev Edwards with another great bit of attacking play

Ha! Maybe you're into something. Hopefully his exclusion is just a mid-term management technique by Eddie "moves in mysterious ways" Jones.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Danny Cipriani sets up Nev Edwards with another great bit of attacking play

I come at it from a different angle but draw same conclusion. I've always rated Cipriani, I believe he's a more honest, hard-working professional than he's given credit for. And he's by far England's most exciting player, especially at flyhalf.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Steffon Armitage massive fend on George Ford as Toulon beat Bath

I think the rule is bullshit and SA should have 20+ caps under his belt by now.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Steffon Armitage massive fend on George Ford as Toulon beat Bath

Big Bully!! ;)

That is a beautiful fend, but hard luck for Ford here, who was on a hiding to nothing. At least he gave it a go. The only way you're going to slow Steffon Armitage down from there is to shackle both legs, but he'd still score from that range anyway.

I suppose the only other option was to half-heartedly jog over in SA's general direction and try to make out you're preventing him from dotting down under the posts.

I'm not used to seeing Kyle Eastmond mown down so much as he has been of late either. I used to campaign quite vociferously for his inclusion in England teams but seeing a lot more evidence recently if the defensive weakness that I used to insist was misattributed to him.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Owen Farrell coughs up certain try with howler over the line

Lovely bit of play by Mako Vunipola there.
Not sure that Bosch's running line is altogether legal...

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Another mass brawl in France leaves referee with no option

Yes, Blue 8 should have been sent off – for shit punching technique. Horrible. No one wants to see a big boy like that throwing effeminate over-the-top hooky slaps.

Actually there are quite a high number of low quality punches being thrown here. Lots of windmilling in and very few combinations – whatever happened to the old jab-jab-cross? For all the apparent violence there didn’t seem to be a huge amount of damage done. Which I suppose is a good thing, as they were meant to playing rugby after all.

Referee did about the best he could have done – send off the two who started it all. With the benefit of video replay, I reckon I’d have sent off white 12 and blue 8 only – they’re the ones most actively fighting, provoking others to join in and, especially in white 12’s case, desperate to find more people to fight. I mean really, the fat lads didn’t really do much apart from the initial exchanging of telephone numbers.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Another mass brawl in France leaves referee with no option

Did I hear someone shout "Quatre-vingt-dix-neuf les gars!!" just after the initial front row shove? ;)

White 12 is like a kid on Christmas Day, bouncing about from one scuffle to the next. Bloody loving it isn't he??

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - Whiria Meltzer's incredible flick pass sets up great 7s try

Lovely stuff.

Not my words, but those of Shakin' Stevens.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago