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South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

According to my source, (IRB via wikipedia), the Scotland figure is only 38,500. Although that's still quite a bit more that Samoa (23k) and more than five times higher than Tonga's (just under 7k) and those teams, especially Samoa seem able to compete on the global stage.

But to be honest, these numbers are probably a bit misleading anyway - for example England's 2million registered rugby players include people like me who play 5 to 10 matches per season for their club's 4th, 5th or Vets team.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

Wow. In a little under 25 hours, you went from interesting observation to full deranged nutjob mode! Which, judging from your usual posts, seems out of character.

Your match-fixing accusations seriously undermine the hard work and dedication of players and coaches in all teams.

The refereeing decisions you highlight were not incorrect and in any case teams must be able to cope with those decisions.

Interesting to see a suggestion of France being "helped to the final", considering that of all nations' supporters it's often the French claiming bias against them.

To your final point re NZ, it seems to me the best way to stitch them up is to give them a weak pool, not a hard one. In 2007 they reached the knockout stage completely under-cooked having coasted through their pool games. In 2011, they were battle-hardened and focused.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Dunedin Streaker gets Smashed by Security Guard Number Eight

"The streaker ignored rule 2(a) of streaking - If you can't see a guard coming for you, check behind your back."

Excellent!

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

The Top 5 'Big Boppers' (130kg +) in World Rugby

^^^^
That was meant to be a reply to 10stone's suggestion of a top 5 under 6ft...

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

The Top 5 'Big Boppers' (130kg +) in World Rugby

Would like to see that. Shall we have a crack at it in the meantime?

Here's my first stab at it:
Steffon Armitage
Leigh Halfpenny
Gio Aplon
Jason Robinson
Shane Williams


Next up: top 5 under 12 stones...

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

The Top 5 'Big Boppers' (130kg +) in World Rugby

One of the best Top 5s to date. Pissed myself laughing all the way through this one!

Some scary mothers here too.

I am looking forward to seeing Skelton dominating people over the next few years. But as well as being fucking enormous he's got brilliant dexterity and timing.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

Any idea why the iPhone autocorrects Saffa to Staffa? What on earth is a Staffa?

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

Ha! I didn't even notice that!
What a bell end.

It's one thing being a wind-up merchant, but he doesn't even have that effect - the Staffa just turns round and ignores him, probably thinking "what a bell end".


3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

Exactly. You put it much better than I did. I didn't really mean to call him a cynical cheat - got a bit carried away!

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Samson Lee suspended for five weeks for headbutt against South Africa

I agree with you. Van der Merwe seem to be holding him down, both his hands are busy, so simply tries to free himself using his head. OK, you can't go round headbutting people but this incident is really a result of cynical cheating by the SA player.

4 Weeks, 5 Hours ago

 
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