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'England are favourites to beat Ireland and win the Six Nations' says Flatman

I'll admit I am slightly nervous about Monsieur Poite, as he's reffed England scrums very harshly in the past. (Incorrectly in my humble opinion, but I probably know even less about scrums than he does). Generally speaking, I think he's a fair ref though; he punishes idiocy quite severely and I am fine with that.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

'England are favourites to beat Ireland and win the Six Nations' says Flatman

"Katman's wrong about Flatman", says The Latman* who's not a fat man.

I reckon England will win by 5-10 pts.

* a new nickname I just made up for myself, but admittedly it's wishful thinking.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Manu Tuilagi penalised for big shoulder on Winston Stanley

I'm always a fan of free content, especially the good quality free content that we're accustomed to being treated to on here. (Having said that, I find I am sitting through bigger and more imposing adverts, many of which are in video format and start playing loud audio without being clicked).

The more important point here is to spare a thought for all those young students of the game, eagerly anticipating the next round of rugby insights. I can picture them now, hundreds of them, breathless, beads of sweat dripping down their foreheads as they frantically refresh the rugbydump homepage, thinking "I wonder what stroudos and DrG will have to say about that Brits punch???"

4 Months, 1 Day ago

Manu Tuilagi penalised for big shoulder on Winston Stanley

Not too much to see here.

I'm more keen to find out more about - and see again - the Schalk Brits punch. I read that Brits claimed he was defending himself against a dangerous clear-out which he felt was putting him at risk of busting his knee again. I didn't really see enough on the ITV highlights the other night, will be interesting to see again in slow motion etc..

4 Months, 2 Days ago

Tommy Seymour's aerial brilliance against Wales in Cardiff

Delighted to see this performance rewarded with its very own Rugbydump post. Watching it live he seemed to be everywhere, especially when a high ball was involved.

4 Months, 5 Days ago

Jamie Roberts knocks out Blair Cowan with big tackle in Six Nations thriller

That's the one. And people kept going on about his bravery and commitment. What I see on that Barritt video is poor tackling technique, putting the ball carrier and himself at unnecessary risk of injury. Surprised Quade didn't get bloody whiplash.

My main point is that in both cases the safer option, smashing the bloke a bit lower, would also be far more effective.

4 Months, 5 Days ago

Jamie Roberts knocks out Blair Cowan with big tackle in Six Nations thriller

Mr Osprey, I love a big tackle as much as the next guy, but this type of tackle is just not that clever.

It reminds me a bit of Brad Barritt and how people used to rave about his commitment and willingness to put his body on the line. There was that game a while ago where he left the pitch with blood pissing down his face from 2 or 3 different cuts and the commentators were going on about what a hero he was - brave warrior and all that nonsense. I'd have been far more impressed if he'd got himself 6-10 inches lower in each of those tackles and not smashed his face in.

4 Months, 5 Days ago

Jamie Roberts knocks out Blair Cowan with big tackle in Six Nations thriller

Cowan needs a haircut. Who does he think he is, Victor Matfield?

I don't like this sort of tackle. Not sure why it isn't penalised as a high tackle - if you're not allowed to tackle with your arm across someone's face, why should you get away with using your head at the same height? Especially if your head is made out of concrete, like Roberts's apparently is.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Jonathan Joseph picks up second half hat-trick as England thump Italy

Well, I can understand how supporters of "smaller" teams can often come to these conclusions. A bit paranoid if you ask me though.

4 Months, 1 Week ago

All 11 Six Nations Round Two Tries in Under 2 Minutes

All right. Now where's the tackle compilation??
Come on Mr Dump, it's what the fans want!!

4 Months, 1 Week ago