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Toulon claim unprecedented treble of European Cup titles with victory over Clermont

Of course the money is important, but it only goes so far. Anyone looking for Toulon's magic ingredient for success should look at the passion of their supporters, not at the size of Boujellal's chequebook.

I saw Toulon v London Irish at the Madejski a few years ago - Wilkinson was playing for them, but I don't remember many other real big-name players being there. Quite a few Toulon fans had come over and the atmosphere they created was phenomenal. Brought a real passion for the game and most were shouting very constructive comments that showed insight and understanding of the game. The energy and exuberance was palpable and that's at an away game.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

European Champions Cup Final Preview - Clermont vs Toulon yet again

That Lobbe turnover though. Literally won the game for them.

4 Weeks, 6 Hours ago

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 12

What happened to "Heeeere's Seanny!"??

Love that high-five gone wrong!

Great to see another view of the Tongan Thor's awesome run and better angle this time.

4 Weeks, 12 Hours ago

Maro Itoje's great catch and powerful don't argue on Julien Bardy

Commentator at 0:20:

Oooaaooogghhkkhhkhhkhhh

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

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

Have a look at this!
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/man-accused-of-pulling-womens-teeth-out-with-pliers-during-sex-because-he-liked-gummy-ladies-10213154.html

Of course this is all just part and parcel of the courtship ritual. These NZ girls are tough warriors. Getting a tooth ripped out is the same as a casually groped buttock - just a sign of affection. These soft northern hemisphere ponces, with their bouquets of flowers and boxes of chocolates, would probably have sex dentistry banned, for the sake of the kids or some silly nonsense.


4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

The Top 5 Aviva Premiership Tries plus Highlights Wrap - Round 20

And Hougaard.
Still a bloody good try though. ;)

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

The Top 5 Aviva Premiership Tries plus Highlights Wrap - Round 20

Not I Mr Palm.
But @@@@ me I like a quick game.

For me the prospect of Simpson, Ford, Eastmond and Joseph running fast at defences is bloody mouthwatering.

Speed frightens defences and creates tries.

4 Weeks, 2 Days ago

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.

1 Month, 5 Hours 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.

1 Month, 5 Hours 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.

1 Month, 22 Hours ago