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The Wrapround from Rugby HQ - Week 1

Yeah, tend to agree. Especially with Seanny being such a big lump, looks quite funny too!

I quite like this format though - certainly a lot better than that one they had last season where they just had him talking to camera in a boring deadpan voice. That was like a Lamorghini with wheels nicked and replaced by bricks.

Love that Tonka Tough award - and very deservedly won by that monstrous SOB. And the accusation that he nicked it from a children's sandpit. ;)

But, never mind Top 5s, I still don't understand what was wrong with Plays Of The Week that they had to get rid of it!?

1 Week, 14 Hours ago

The Wrapround from Rugby HQ - Week 1

@Guest1978 - yeah, banter with the man himself in the studio. And the little one in the middle does bear some resemblance to 1990s George Gregan to be fair!

Just in case you're implying that there's some kind of lazy racism here, you may be barking up the wrong tree - Gregan was born in Zambia, which in terms of the size of Africa may not be that close, but in the scheme of things it's not a million miles away.

1 Week, 14 Hours ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

He was rightly shown red for that.

Also, there's a difference between lashing out in frustration at a bloke who is cynically killing the ball on the try line and recklessly running into an unsuspecting player knee-first. Actually, come to think of it, in court this one would probably be punished more severely, wouldn't it, because it is definitely deliberate, (malice aforethought). But I think there is at least some justification for Heaslip doing this, whereas Pape's was just a cowardly cheap-shot.


1 Week, 1 Day ago

USA Sevens 2015 Wrap - Wonder tries, Highlights, Fiji's victory and more

Never seen a bloke playing rugby in a bandana before (Brazil).

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Sean O'Brien's monster ruck cleanout against France

I agree. You just can't replicate Farmer Tough in the gym. It's one of the reasons why so many of these Afrikaaner boys are so teak tough.

The other one is "Dad Strength" - these gits who don't look like they've lifted a weight in their lives, but have innate physical power. I experienced it last weekend, putting a fence up with my neighbour, who's a builder. He's quite a lot smaller than me (ie not very big!), but there he was, cigarette hanging out of his mouth, happily throwing bags of cement around like bath toys. At the end of the job, joints creaking, muscles aching and back knackered (it would transpire for a good few days), I said "shit, I need to start working harder at the gym" - he just smiled and said "that won't make any difference at all mate". And he's probably right.

1 Week, 3 Days ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

I thought Roko was injured!? Can't see any reason why he's not in the England team otherwise.

1 Week, 3 Days ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Jonny May used to steal Phil's lunch money!

1 Week, 3 Days ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Italy may have done Ireland a favour by falling away as much as they did. This scoreline indeed massively flatters England and if they think they'll beat Ireland in Dublin playing like that they're in for a shock.

England need to approach preparation this week with the mindset that they got lucky in this game.

Need to get out of the blocks a lot faster next week too. If they give Ireland a 10-point head-start, I don't think the Irish will be so accommodating.

Italy played some nice rugby in this game. Hopefully they can kick on and get a scalp before the end of the tourny.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Quite a popular view here that Vunipola's "try" was the turning point of the game. Definitely a pivotal moment, but I would say the actual turning point was Mike Brown's injury. Sad to say it, because it feels unfair finding positives in a bloke's misfortune, but the Italians had some real momentum up to that point and the long break while the medics dealt with Brown really seemed to take the wind out of their sails. England took possession and territory straight after the restart and then stifled Italy's attempts to get back into it.

So that was the turning point, chronologically. But the biggest influence in the score was Haimona missing all those kicks. I think it was something like 26-10 when you could still say that if Haimona had nailed all his kicks Italy would still have been within a point of England's score.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

Articulate, balanced, unbiased, well thought-out and sensible comments from all the French posters on here so far.

As always.

God, you lot are boring!! ;)

1 Week, 4 Days ago