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All Blacks beat determined Samoa in historic first ever Test in Apia

Another point on population / interest in rugby:

Capacity crowd at Apia Park of 8,104 might not sound that massive, but in fact that's 4.26% of the entire Samoa population...

For Twickenham to accommodate a similar percentage of the population of England, it would have to hold 2,256,598 people!

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

All Blacks beat determined Samoa in historic first ever Test in Apia

Yeah, but where's the fun in that??

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

All Blacks beat determined Samoa in historic first ever Test in Apia

To date, I have not heard any English individual, organisation, player, coach, caterer or masseuse suggesting in even the most cautious terms that the world cup is in the bag.

On the other hand, I'm more than happy to go on record in saying that I don't think Scotland will get out of their pool. ;)

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

All Blacks beat determined Samoa in historic first ever Test in Apia

Bonkers isn't it! They provide a decent number of elite rugby league and American Football players too...

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Jean de Villiers makes long-awaited comeback vs World XV

Totally agree, Eddie. That will be an absolutely phenomenal recovery if he makes the World Cup. Proof, as if any was needed, that the bloke is as tough as nails.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Five classic underdog tries at the Rugby World Cup

That Caucau try v France was way better than the one featured on this clip.
a) It's against France, not Scotland. (Hastily mumbled apology to any sweaties offended by that).
b) Started from just outside his own 22.
c) In all that distance and with at least 3 players to beat, not a single Frenchman even touched him.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

"If you're having a good game as a referee you don't have 30,000 people chanting, 'Joubert's a w*****r'. And at the end of the game he got booed off the field. That would tend to indicate that he didn't have a good game," Kearns said.

No, Kearnsy. That would indicate that 30,000 people got lost on their way to the football stadium.

Really disappointed in Kearns for this. I usually quite enjoy his commentary but this is real tawdry gutter stuff.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

kadova, there you go again, all you French people who come on RD and post balanced and well-informed comments showing both insight and empathy. You make me sick. ;)

Personally I thought he had an absolute stinker in the RWC 2011 final. I think he lost his bottle because of the enormity of the occasion, because he's usually a very competent ref.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

It's an interesting point. I would have thought if Joubert wanted to pursue Kearns legally, there's a case here for slander. And ordinarily, unless there is a massive disclaimer in place, the vehicle for slander would share the responsibility.

Then again I'm not a lawyer. I'd be interested to hear a more knowledgeable viewpoint on this...

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

Nothing controversial there mate.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago