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That brutal 30 seconds of collisions between Wales and Ireland

I'm wondering why anyone might take offence to anything you've written here....

For my money, this is a wonderful minute of entertainment - almost feels like a teaser for the LONG-awaited new installment of Try-Savers & Rib-Breakers!!

I do agree that it's a big shame the old Welsh wizardry seems to have been consigned to the dustbin of history.

5 Days, 14 Hours ago

Fantasy Six Nations: Super Saturday top tips

Our French chums on here will hate me for putting the kiss of death on it, but I reckon France will win this with a bonus point.

Yes, I know, you should never try to predict anything involving French rugby, but they are just about starting to gel and my hunch is that with home advantage they’ll win in style.

Look at some of the most influential positions:
Picamoles – arguably the best 8 in Europe after Vunipola.
Serin – if I remember correctly, Messieurs Colombes and Oliver were banging the drum about this youth a while ago and I agree with them that he looks the real deal. Looks incredibly composed in Test match rugby for someone so young.
Lopez I’m less convinced by, but think he’s improving with each game.

Very interesting stats in RD's write-up above - I didn't realise how sieve-like North was in defence! Generally speaking, Vakatawa+Nagaitaci+Dulin > North+Williams+Halfpenny.

Centres are about at parity in my view.

Front five: I reckon France have the edge, particularly with monsters like Atonio and Vaahaamahina to come on.

Aside from that, I hope we see one of those France performances where they collectively just to "f*** it, let's throw caution to the wind and just attack like mentalists". They absolutely should do this, because many Welshmen are playing for their place on the Lions Tour plane and may feel inhibited by the additional pressure. France should take advantage of that.

Overall I think France are looking more creative and will score exactly four tries, which will be one or two more than Wales manage.

5 Days, 14 Hours ago

Scotland's Fraser Brown shown yellow for dangerous tackle on Elliot Daly

Almost, but he didn't execute the breakfall correctly and really could have. In fact, on your video one needs to watch beyond 3:50 where he explains what not to do. In particular tuck your chin in to your chest to avoid the head whipping backwards and smacking the ground.

1 Week, 7 Hours ago

England upset the Blitzboks at thrilling Vancouver Sevens

There's a tournament near me in the summer called The Fat Blokes Sevens. Not many fat blokes at it these days, sadly...

1 Week, 8 Hours ago

Scotland's Fraser Brown shown yellow for dangerous tackle on Elliot Daly

I refer the honourable gentleman to the caveats clearly stated in my original comment:
"Easy for us to say, having never been smashed in an international test match"
"I accept this is a lot easier for me to sit here and type than to do during an international test match..."

1 Week, 21 Hours ago

Nicolas Sanchez banned for dangerous challenge after only being penalised

I notice someone with an awesome sense of humour described this on Facebook as "Dirty Sanchez leaves opposition player's face a mess"... Hats off to that person. ;)

1 Week, 21 Hours ago

Nicolas Sanchez banned for dangerous challenge after only being penalised

Oi! I resemble that remark.

Definitely up for the watching two grown men smack the shit out of each other - can I propose Michael Gove v Jeremy Hunt for the inaugural bout? And they're not allowed to stop until they've both been thoroughly knocked out and/or maimed.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Nicolas Sanchez banned for dangerous challenge after only being penalised

Red card all day long. Christ knows how the ref could review the same footage and not arrive at the same conclusion.

I would like to add that I'm not happy with the Lions scrumhalf here. Yeah, I understand you want to get on with the game, but to completely ignore your team-mate writhing on the ground right in front of you is pretty piss-poor form.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Scotland's Fraser Brown shown yellow for dangerous tackle on Elliot Daly

On another note, Mr Ten and I were on here the other day explaining how to protect yourself in the event of a lifting tackle. Easy for us to say, having never been smashed in an international test match, but I can't help thinking that Daly could have avoided being as badly injured here.

Pause around 0:22 - if it were me, I'd be gripping on to both of Brroon's shoulders like they were the hull of a sinking ship. This would reduce the actual tipping motion, and certainly the velocity at which I was heading groundwards. At the moment I actually made contact with the ground, I'd shift my weight onto one side and throw out an arm in a judo-style "breakfall", thereby minimising the impact.

If Daly had done that, whilst it would still hurt - Brroon inevitably landing directly on top of him - I reckon he could have avoided the concussion altogether. I accept this is a lot easier for me to sit here and type than to do during an international test match...

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Scotland's Fraser Brown shown yellow for dangerous tackle on Elliot Daly

Do you know what, as the tackler these tackles are actually very straightforward. Watch Brroon's left elbow here - pointing upwards, clearly indicating a tipping motion. Keep your elbow down and you don't tip the bloke. It's as simple as basic table manners - chew your food with your mouth closed and keep your elbows down.

1 Week, 1 Day ago