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Richie McCaw knocked out cold after getting his head on the wrong side of a tackle

Is size the reason though? I'd suggest it has more to do with tackle technique. In every one of the tackle-based concussions I can think of, the tackler has got his head on the wrong side of the ball-carrier. Cuddling his cock, when he should be cuddling his arse.

Why are these head-wrong-side tackles happening more frequently? Well I'm speculating, but there seems to be more of a desire to smash the bloke backwards in the tackle, ratherr than being satisfied with getting him to ground. Don't let him past the gain line appears to be the mantra, where in fact people used to deliberately use the ball-carrier's momentum to get him on the "wrong" side of the ensuing ruck - as long as your support arrives on time they have more chance of getting over the tackled player and isolating him - easier to win the ruck and you might even extract a penalty for not releasing the ball.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Richie McCaw knocked out cold after getting his head on the wrong side of a tackle

I'm just going to clarify for any French-speakers unfamiliar with PhillNZ's culinary preferences that when he says "couscous-eaters" it's not a bizarre misplaced racism, but an equally odd implication that people who eat healthy food are weak and risk-averse.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Force scrumhalf Ian Prior red carded for ugly tip-tackle on Tim Nanai-Williams

@oldflyhalf - This is a very unfortunate incident and I don't disagree with you highlighting it in this way. But I would like to point out that your video shows a tackle in rugby league, not union, where 2-3 tacklers combine to put the ball-carrier in an awkward position. Thankfully that sort of combination is less likely to occur in our code.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Force scrumhalf Ian Prior red carded for ugly tip-tackle on Tim Nanai-Williams

We've seen it happen a few times now haven't we?

I hyptothesise that, notwithstanding oldflyhalf's tragic example of a one-off freak occurrence (btw, in League with 2-3 tacklers combining to get the guy in an awkward situation), the actual probability of getting injured from a tip tackle has been exaggerated and distorted. So the personal risk versus likelihood of having one of your opponents removed from the pitch for at least 10 minutes must be quite tempting.

Must say though, I think in this case - as you suggest at one point - Nanai-Williams is actually putting his arms out to try and break his fall, rather than cynically inverting himself.

BUT - I've been lifted in a tackle on a number of occasions every single time my instinct was to cling on to the tackler's shoulders and brace myself for the landing, breaking my own fall with a roll to the side and an arm-slap on the ground. As instructed by my Judo teacher when I was a little kid - in rugby and elsewhere the instinct and technique that guy showed me has saved me from injury more times than I like to remember. It's a much safer way to fall - putting your hands out in front risks breaking your wrists, arms and face, as well as likely putting your neck at risk, (aiming to land on your upper back, you can tuck your chin in to avoid landing head-first).

So, in conclusion - *some* players are either cynically trying to milk penalties at the same time as making a mockery of laws introduced for their own safety - or they need to take some judo lessons (or parachute jumping for that matter) and learn how to break their fall responsibly.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Force scrumhalf Ian Prior red carded for ugly tip-tackle on Tim Nanai-Williams

Exactly my thoughts on first view. The ref has a better view than anyone.
I believe he was just confirming in his own mind whether to issue red or yellow card.

I infer from your comment that, like me, you'd rather see refs back themselves to make the right call, minimising the impact of stoppage time on the game. Trust the bloke to do his job, I say. Most of them usually manage to do so. And, as you also say, multiple video angles often produce more doubt and ambiguity than clarity.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

Fair enough mate.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

Arguably the two blokes I least want to see on the pitch against England in the autumn.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

'Tongan Thor' Taniela Tupou sets up try after big fend in club game

Now that is awesome!

It's not a "don't-argue"; it's a DO *NOT* ARGUE!!!

Three defenders beaten, including one abject humiliation and a VERY sweet try-assisting offload.

By the way, I can remember a number of people including myself going nuts over a Wesley Fofana run a couple of years ago, which featured him switching the ball from one hand to the other and handing off some guy in the face all in one sleek movement. This guy did the same thing even better.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

Forgot to put a winking smiley to let people know this comment is made primarily with tongue in cheek. I'm sure you (Dan) will get it, but might not be obvious to the casual observer... ;)

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

So, we're in agreement that he has used her as a pawn to promote himself as a saint.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago