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Aaron Smith apologises for toilet romp as New Zealand media react

Come now DrG. What goes on tour stays on tour. Everyone knows that.

This role model thing is such a flawed concept it just doesn't bear serious discussion.

I'm fine with a sports star being a role model for people looking to make the most of their natural talent in that particular sport; or for people who want to see how hard work and dedication can improve the chances of excelling in that sport even without being blessed with such natural ability; or, perhaps, for people who want to know how to get fit and healthy through sport, or to enjoy playing a team sport.

On the other hand, why on earth would I teach my kids to look to a sports star for guidance on moral issues, or apparently in this case how to remain faithful in a monogamous relationship? It simply makes no logical sense that being successful at playing rugby would automatically convey a responsibility for the moral guardianship of strangers.

2 Weeks, 19 Hours ago

Aaron Smith apologises for toilet romp as New Zealand media react

Jimmy, Usually agree with most of your comments, but not this one...

"It wasn't JUST consensual sex though was it?" - well, either it was consensual or it wasn't, and I haven't heard anything about the woman being pressurised into it. If anything, I would probably infer from the fact she was up for rumpy-pumpy in the karzi so soon after meeting someone that she was a more-than-willing participant.

"It was in the disabled toilets of an airport" - only an issue if a disabled person is waiting outside.

"on the way to South Africa for a test match" - I'm not sure how much in advance of the match they travelled, but I imagine that he'd have had a bit of time to recover before the match. I remember David the Haymaker Haye saying he used to refrain from ejaculating at all, (ie not even one-man romps), for a month leading up to a fight, to keep his testosterone and rage as high as possible, but I think that is a bit extreme. For a scrumhalf, I'd guess one chief concern would be potential of groin injury.

"and he cheated on his missus." Really a concern only for his missus and his own conscience isn't it? Unless his missus is the team doctor, physio, admin assistant or in some other way connected intimately with the team. That could be pretty disruptive.

"Bit different." - very different from gouging and spear tackling, yes. It appears that the judgmental witch who grassed him up considers those things are acceptable behaviour for "role models for young Kiwis".

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

New Zealand one step closer to record after beating Argentina

As in, worth trying, not "a try"..

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

New Zealand one step closer to record after beating Argentina

I like it. Got to be worth a try, right?

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

New Zealand one step closer to record after beating Argentina

Nice to see the All Blacks taking the bull by the horns and imposing the handicap system I proposed last week on themselves. Certainly made for a more entertaining finish, but clearly it's still not sufficient. Maybe instead of 20 minutes with 14 blokes, next time they could do the whole second half that way.

3 Weeks, 3 Hours ago

Rieko Ioane knocking on All Blacks door with impressive hat-trick

Trying to work out whether the defence was shit, making the tries look even better, or if the quality of the attacking play makes the defence look shit. Bit of a conundrum, I think arguably a bit of both.

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3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Midweek Madness - The old SOMERSAULT over a tackle trick

Lovely sound effect - think it's someone putting a pint glass down on a table near the camera - just as he takes off sounds like he's hitting a springboard.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Controversial red card sees Sergio Parisse suspended until further notice

That does seem strange doesn't it. Don't get why.
Personally I think the red card was the correct decision and sufficient; no need for any further sanction. But that doesn't seem to be how these things work.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Danny Cipriani brilliance sets up outstanding Jimmy Gopperth try

I'm very surprised by those Rugby Analyst stats. Scroll down and you'll see a chart saying Ford and Cipriani have a better tackle completion rate than Farrell, who is generally understood to be one of the better defending flyhalves in the game. He does offer this caveat: "[Farrell] is a more aggressive defender and whilst Cipriani and Ford have very good completion rates, many will result in yards conceded or someone assisting the tackle".

On the kicking, the stat bunker link seems to corroborate the low figures for Farrell and Cipriani, who are both near the bottom of the table. Reckon Dan may be right about certain players taking harder kicks. Slade and Daly are very near the bottom, but I think they only get their grubby paws on the kicking tee if the kick's near or behind the halfway line.

Delighted to see the maestro that is Andy Goode right up there near the top of the table. I assume everyone's aware of this noble cause -

Going back to the rugbyanalyst link, Cipriani's some way clear on Try Assists, and I must admit I prefer watching tries than penalty kicks. Would be interested to see a Tries Scored chart - pretty confident we'd see Cipriani leading on that one too...

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Danny Cipriani brilliance sets up outstanding Jimmy Gopperth try

The Cipriani-Gopperth combo is looking more of a masterstroke with every game they play together.

I've always been a fan of Cipriani, including through his poncing about with Kelly Brook / getting decked by Lewsey / getting decked by a bus days. His latest revival at Wasps makes me feel delighted and smug. He looks increasingly reliable AND always seems to be able to throw in a bit of magic and creative flair.

I actually think his attitude has been top class for a long time, it's another tick in the "pro" column for me. I'd be interested to know what Eddie Jones's objection to him is. He seems happy to put other players' history happily on the past (cf Hartley). And Cipriani strikes me as exactly the sort of player that Jones would want. Arguably his chance has gone now, with Farrell and Ford installed in the side, but I think on current form Cipriani is the better 10 and he's easily young enough to make the 2019 World Cup.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago