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Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

Love it. Brilliant to hear this kind of first-hand account.

As I recall, in those pre-internet days (well pre-people really using the internet for everything), and with international matches being less frequent, there was a real mystique anyway about a team travelling from the other side of the world. Easy to take it for granted now.

I imagine you and your buddies may have been wondering whether to believe the hype or not - then these monsters turn up with their superior strength and stamina! And that's without this mythical giant winger...

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

My point was that - in my opinion - he doesn't have the natural skill set of a wing, or any back position for that matter. The reason he got moved out of the second row was that his pace seemed wasted there. But look at someone like Tom Croft (or indeed Lawes) - just because you play in the pack doesn't preclude you from ever getting involved in the running stuff when the chance is on.

As this you can see from this Lomu clip, there's more to wing play than just running fast and for the best players in those positions, those skills come naturally.

2 Months, 2 Hours ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

Did you know who Lomu was at the time? I mean it was obviously a year or two before his international debut, but had you heard about him through the age group set-up?

2 Months, 3 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

Banaha-hanahan is a very fast lock. He could have played like Courtney Lawes does now - playing the position that you're most suited to physically, (2nd row is where Banners played as a schoolboy), but getting involved in running rugby when the opportunity presents itself. I do wonder if he'd have had a more successful career if he'd been kept in the forward pack. (Not that he's been unsuccessful of course, I mean relatively).

Lomu had the natural skillset of a wing. It's easy to forget his intelligent running lines and his soft passing, because all people tend to remember is what a rampaging beast he was.

2 Months, 3 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

That's a great almost-claim to fame. And I'm not being sarcastic at all, just to be sure. I do feel for these guys that are understudies to someone really awesome, when it sounds like in this case had the Elniak bloke played for any other team he could have been amazing, right?

2 Months, 3 Days ago

The Top 5 Moments from the 2001 Super Rugby Season

I'm not disagreeing with you because these are rarities, but here are a couple of exceptions to the rule:

Back row - Steffon Armitage, Heinrich Brussow
Flyhalf - Quade Cooper. Also, I may mistaken, but aren't Goerge Ford and Freddie Burns relatively small?
Wing (not that he's small but certainly ticks the 90% skill, 10% gym box) - Caucau

At least scrumhalf seems to persist in being a sanctuary for the more diminutive gentleman, with only Mike Phillips and Mauro Bergamasco(!) really bucking the trend...

2 Months, 3 Days ago

Huge impact in 'Lingerie Bowl' Gridiron game

Do you know what though, I've just had a look at some other videos of the LFL on youtube. I was looking purely for pervy reasons, but I have to say the sport is actually really impressive! The skills and athleticism on show are very comparable to blokes' American football, in my opinion. At the risk of sounding even more sexist... I did not know women could throw and catch as well as this. Love the smaller pitch and team sizes too. Superb format. I think after a few more videos, the fact that every single one of the players looks good in a bikini might become a secondary thought.

BTW - the coaches on video #2 above are f***ing disgusting.

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Huge impact in 'Lingerie Bowl' Gridiron game

Now this is my kind of sport!! Not quite "Ultimate Surrender" but you'd feel less awkward if you wife walked in on you watching it.

2 Months, 5 Days ago

The Top 5 Moments from the 2001 Super Rugby Season

1:06 - have to say I sympathise with George Gregan here. I'm completely in favour of respect for referees but to some extent it must go both ways. Prodding him in the chest like that is no way for the ref to behave. It's Andre Watson isn't it? Always was a bit of a wanchor, to be honest.

2 Months, 5 Days ago

Ma'a Nonu's bumps off Colin Slade with massive charge

Awesome!

2 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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