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IRPA Try of the Year 2016 Nominees announced

I like the fact that they're team tries. Rugby is a team sport and, aside from a little bit of genius/bit of magic every now and then, the try-scorer benefits to some extent from a lot of hard work by his team-mates. That's why I don't like these awards. I would go so far as to say - especially on the evidence of these three - that the award should be presented to the team, not the individual.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Semesa Rokodunguni last-minute try robs Exeter at the death

Attwood is right. How many phases of possession there for a net gain of about -20cm? Then a bit of the old razzle-dazzle and they're home and hosed.
Hard to believe Rokodaguni only has one cap for England. I've long been a big fan and hope to see him add to that tally soon.
I wonder if Eddie Jones may be reluctant to pick a player who insists on kissing the bloody ball just before he puts it down for a try? In my opinion that would be a very legitimate criterion for exclusion, but I can't think of any other reason to leave him out.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Stunning promo video launches British & Irish Lions Tour ticket sales

Sadly, (from my points of view anyway), that might not make a huge difference! The depth in talent in NZ right now is getting ridiculous...

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Referee makes shocking call as he sends off wrong Shingler brother

I actually found it a bit tricky to work out how the ref could have got this wrong. It seems that the decision - tackling a player without the ball - was the right one and from there it's just a case of mistaken identity. But I don't get how that's possible. They may be brothers but they don't look that similar and they're wearing different coloured tops - and the ref was right up with the action and he saw the incident well enough to call it correctly. Very odd. But we all make mistakes, hopefully the ref can just chalk this up to experience and not make a clanger of this significance where it has more influence on the outcome of the match.

One other thing - even if Steven escaped the initial penalty, the ref should definitely have sent him off for the imaginary card-waving, which in my opinion should attract a minimum two-match ban.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Paul O'Connell comes up with one of the greatest ever sports quiz show answers

I and G! Let the other letters know you're there! This is your board and you're not going to be pushed around!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Dan Carter's classy try shows he is still at the top of his game

Got to agree with Mr Healey here. Good try but paper-thin defence from players who ought to do better.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens unimpressed by naughty Francois Steyn shouting at goalkicker

Out of interest, why are you not a fan of Owens? Hearing that phrase sounds almost like heresy!

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Southern Hemisphere stars added to Barbarians squad to face Springboks

A Barbarians match in Prague sounds like a brilliant idea for a tour!
Tuesday night would be a bit of a tall order though. I suppose you'd go over on the Saturday, ideally get a quick game in against a local club that afternoon, then have Saturday and Sunday night on it, bit of liver recuperation and sightseeing on Monday, then a Leo Sayer on the Tuesday.

Anyone in??

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens unimpressed by naughty Francois Steyn shouting at goalkicker

What a prize bell end.
My only disappointment with Nige here was that he should have organised a penalty for the restart.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Matt Toomua escapes red card decision after dumping Finn Russell

1:33 "Dummy this then!"

1:45 Poor form from the commentator, I think it's Ben Kay at this point. I mean, if you're commentating on rugby union, you ought to have a basic grasp of which form of the conditional tense to use. Felt like I was listening to Alan bloody Shearer / Pardew / Hansen for a moment there.

Poor form from the crowd too. All that booing and barracking is highly irregular if you ask me. I'm sure there's a football stadium nearby they can use.

The tackle is fine, not that I'd like to be on the receiving end myself. Russell did exactly the same as I've done every time I've been involved in a lifting tackle, and surely what anyone with a brain would do, which is to break his fall judo-style and use his own abdominal and core muscles to help prevent his head from dropping too far below his back. Well that's my opinion, based on an unwelcome truth that I have to acknowledge, which is that I appear to be one of the old gits to whom DrG was alluding above.

Looking at it objectively in line with the IRB/World Rugby lifting tackle directive, the referee dealt with this incident exactly in accordance with the guidance. Therefore, the yellow card issued at the time was correct and sufficient, so no need for any further sanction.

3 Months, 1 Day ago