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Wales bounce back with strong win over France in Cardiff

Have you seen - Saint-Andre's dropped the bastard. What an absolutely fantastic call, and a brilliant reminder that rugby is an awesome sport.
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/international/six-nations-2014-france-drop-louis-picamoles-for-referee-gesture--and-will-be-without-wesley-fofana-and-yannick-nyanga-9150285.html

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

I think he's referring to Scottish independence..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

I did not enjoy his "acting very immature" moment with Huget - very footballery.
Quite intrigued by the BOD thing - would be interesting to find out if O'Driscoll was sledging him to try and get under his skin, which would be quite cool because it seemed to work and I love a good wind-up merchant. Or was it more a statement from Brown that he didn't give a fuck who O'Driscoll was and was just using a bit of niggle to assert himself and psych himself up.

This might change your view of the bloke a little bit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwNI2Owb23A

I don't think he's miserable at all, but a dedicated and focused professional.


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1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

Whooooooaaa, steady on mate. Got Wales and Italy yet...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

Manu Tuilagi has lived in England since age 13 and played junior club rugby in Leicestershire from U14s.

Mako & Billy Vunipola were born in New Zealand and have lived in either Wales or England since age 7 and 6 respectively. Their cousin Toby Faletau has lived in Wales since a similar age.

It would hardly be fair to ask these guys to bugger off to the other side of the world to play their rugby, would it?

I'll give you Lesley Vainikolo and, moving continents, Hendre Fourie and to a lesser extent Matt Stevens, but in the current England set-up the only "dubious Englishman" is Brad Barritt. All our "islanders" are legit!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

No "slipping upwards" here, started high and finished higher. The mitigating factor is that May was ducking to start his drive to the line. However, I don't think "he ducked" is a suitable defence. Of course a player diving for the tryline is going to set a low body position and the onus is on the tackler to adjust to that.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

The Best Tries scored in Round 2 of Super Rugby 2014

Jesus, Fruean is immense.
Don't think I've seen Reds fullback before - he's got some wheels eh?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

And Wade.

And, not to deliberately disagree with everything you've said, I also look forward to Tuilagi coming back but have Ben very impressed by Burrell, who I might argue is actually a more competent all-round footballer. Probably 12T who would need to make way with Burrell moving in one space.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

I thought May had an excellent game all round.
Mate I was watching with kept complaining about his lateral running but he was always probing for a gap and as far as I recall he found one every single time and straightened up, gaining a bit if ground each time.
Same mate groaned when he kicked at the end, but what a kick - fantastic clearing kick, relieving the pressure and pinning Ireland back to a position whence they never threatened again. Stuart Lancaster's reaction (he only time I saw him smile all game) I think vindicates my view.
He also tackled effectively and did some good tidying up of Sexton's kicks.
I do rate Yarde also and Watson looks a right handful from what I've seen. But I don't think May and Nowell have done much wrong, definitely not May.
We're looking ok for depth at wing currently.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England hold on after tense battle with Ireland at Twickenham

Yes. Call me old-fashioned but I've always considered tackling someone by the hair to be a high tackle.

And I may need to check I haven't left my white-tinted glasses on here but I'm fairly confident that if May hadn't lost that little bit of forward momentum due tote hair tackle he had the pace and power to bust through and ground that.

To my reading of the laws that makes it a penalty try. However, you could argue that not awarding a try did keep the game more tense and exciting.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

 
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