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Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

Of course, there is the possibility that Eaton started it all by "giving Bonnaire a Hopoate"* in the middle of that maul.........

* See related video - http://www.rugbydump.com/2011/08/2046/friday-funnies-jason-eaton-pokes-brent-wards-bottom

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

I'm not saying I could have taken that punch, but I do think Bonnaire went down more easily than a Brummie girl in a community centre car park.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

@DanKnapp, no mate, not just one of those things, he's clearly got his fingers all over the blokes eyes - or as the commentator quite decisively notes around 1:08 "ah oui, il a la main dans les yeux".

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

Pretty clear fingers in contact with the eye area.

A thoroughly deserved slap and I hope Bonnaire gets a lengthy ban.

The second half of Bonnaire's comment "I'll have to see the video" is "before I decide how much bullshit I reckon I can get away with at the disciplinary hearing".

To cap it all off, it rather looked like Bonnaire "did a Huget" too! I mean the punch would have smarted for sure, but it wasn't a "knock-you-to-the-floor" punch. Definitely milked it.

The only mitigation I can think of is it did look like there might have been some gooly-grabbing going on to, but I'm not entirely sure who was doing the grabbing!

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Six Nations 2015 : The Journalists' Preview

*warning - pedantry*

Oscillating. You can't snog a rugby tip...

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Slade and Wade score as England Saxons defeat Irish Wolfhounds in Cork

Well the 15% higher gate receipts would definitely help a club, but England sell out Twickenham without breaking sweat so that's a moot point at international level.

I completely agree with you in principle.

What I would say though, is someone like Burgess can demonstrate a few things that many of the other hard-working young centres perhaps can't. Chiefly, ability to handle pressure at the highest level; ability to withstand the higher physical intensity required.

Cross-code switches can and have worked well in the past. Yeah, for every SBW there's a Vainikolo, but I would make one crucial distinction here: age.

Israel Folau has migrated seamlessly through Aussie Rules, league and union - surely one of the best fullbacks in the world. (Should Folau have had to wait his turn on the "slow-track" because it's unfair on the other existing union players vying for the 15 shirt?).

Andy Farrell moved to Union with a knackered back. One of my favourite things about Andy Farrell is that (at least this is what I read) he gave back the majority of his salary for his season at Saracens (co-funded by RFU), after spending seven months not able to play.

Lesley Vainikolo came to union five years too old, a stone or two too heavy and with two rodgered knees.

Feels like Sonny Bill's been around forever, yet he's still only 29.

Big Sam still has time on his side, but at 26 I don't think he has time to get in via the slow track.

Jason Robinson made his rugby union debut (at the same age 26) in November 2000 and for England only three months later in February 2001 - now that is "fast-tracking". Would we have this awesome moment otherwise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNdSX3j6TcE


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3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Slade and Wade score as England Saxons defeat Irish Wolfhounds in Cork

DrG:Yours truly was put out on the wing to cover because "you're younger and quicker than us lot"

That was very kind / tactful of them! ;)


3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Six Of The Best Tries from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

An absolute legend. I think I'd be more over-awed meeting him than Richie McCaw.

Hopefully he'll do some six nations commentary...

4 Weeks, 4 Hours ago

Six Of The Best Tries from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Personally I think the Scottish wing's at fault. My rule of thumb is smash the bastard and worry about an overlap later. If the git gets the ball away, well at least you've smashed him.

I find nothing more frustrating when I play than when I think I'm being clever and anticipating a pass and trying to cover both players, then failing to stop either, when a straightforward rib-tickler on the ball-carrier would probably have done the job.

4 Weeks, 4 Hours ago

Six Of The Best Tries from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

Should be. you can always put a "parent advisory" warning on the screen.

By the way, here's another approach to avoiding shit commentary, which I have done with some success. Watch the Sky coverage, but with Harrison & Barnes bloody well muted as they should be, then simultaneously stream Captain Jedi's Alternative Rugby Commentary off the internet.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago