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Andrew Horrell feels Malakai Fekitoa's full force in Super Rugby playoff

I bloody love this tackle. Easy to get distracted by that decoy running nonsense, but he read it beautifully, as the commentator said, smashing Horrell way behind the gain line.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

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

RD: We love mic'd up players here at RD and believe there should be at least one every game.

I found this fascinating to watch (and hear), would definitely love to see more of this kind of thing.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Weeks 19

I call him The Flying 800 Litre Westinghouse Fridge.

Love it! Maybe not the most snappy nickname but very accurate.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

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

I'll have some of what you're smoking this morning, if there's any left over please mate. ;)

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

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

Eh???

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

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

Eh? Why might it be directed at me? Not a subject I've really commented on much and I don't disagree.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Referees to get stricter as tackle and scrums laws amended

Curious timing for this - ie not very long before the world cup. But players won't be able to complain that they weren't given enough notice I suppose, seeing as there's nothing new, rather applying the rules correctly...

I wonder what on earth "manage the situation" at scrumtime means. Isn't that simply a three-word job description for a ref's entire job?

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

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

Big Julian is nailed on for a spot in New Zealand's World Cup squad, but do you think there's room for Waisake Naholo and Ardie too?

Almost got to the point now where they have so many amazing players they should be forced to make available to other teams any players that don't make it into the world cup squad.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Leone Nakarawa's football pass during the PRO12 final

Sensational play to set up both tries. The football pass is the icing on the cake.

I'm off to check the odds on Fiji to beat Wales...

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Andre Esterhuizen and Robert du Preez both suspended for tip tackles

Browner, agree with you that other than willy-waving and bragging, lifting tackles are usually not actually that effective... Also that the players should know what's coming by now once they lift a player.

However, what warrants a red card is not as clear as you imply - well actually it is fairly clear but not in the way you've described. Here is clarification:

The sanction for "player’s head and/or upper body [coming] into contact with the ground first" is a penalty kick, not a red (or yellow) card - http://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/?documentid=63

The directive (as quoted above) that advised on whether to show a card or not and which colour, makes no reference at all to landing on the head or neck. Red cards are only advised for "optional extras", ie spearing, forcing or dropping the player to the ground.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago