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Ireland break drought to upset New Zealand for the first time ever

I'm more concerned about the bloodbath we'll see in Italy this weekend!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ireland break drought to upset New Zealand for the first time ever

I'm seeing a lot of very gracious comments from New Zealand fans over the last couple of days. Even on YouTube! Hats off, very impressed.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ireland break drought to upset New Zealand for the first time ever

I haven't seen any English press or individual suggesting an England-dominated Lions squad. Not that it would happen under Gatland anyway!

Seems I missed the memo about Andy Farrell becoming Ireland Defence coach. That'll be interesting next Six Nations, considering his son is de facto defence leader for England...

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

IRPA Try of the Year 2016 Nominees announced

Yep.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

IRPA Try of the Year 2016 Nominees announced

I agree. Three cracking team tries, but the Japan one just had so many players involved, all doing the right thing at the right time. Great decision-making, with right options taken every time in my view.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 Weeks ago