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Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter's face

Angry Mike Brown has already handed down the sentence via Twitter:

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Christian Wade scores easy try after Dave Kearney bouncing ball blunder

Funny how excited Dallaglio gets talking about Wasps!

Hard not to feel sympathy for Kearney here. Anyone who claims they've never made a complete arse of themselves in exactly the same way as he did here is lying...

Credit to Wade though. He covered a lot of ground very fast to take advantage.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Christian Wade scores easy try after Dave Kearney bouncing ball blunder

It borders on criminal doesn't it? I think Simpson could almost build a litigation case for loss of potential earnings he'd have made from sponsorship and endorsements that could come from playing more with England. Eminently clear to anyone with a brain that he's the most exciting scrumhalf at England's disposal and has been for some time.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Louis Picamoles huge carry bumps off attempted tackle of Jackson Wray

Yeah, but young Maro had him rather neatly wrapped up didn't he.

That world cup compilation is fantastic though. Everything you want from a number 8, delivered over and again.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Sky Sport New Zealand's Fans Try of the Year 2015

Nigh on impossible to pick a winner out of that lot!

That coast-to-coast effort starting at 1:57 must be a contender. Quite enjoyed the fact that almost every single thing those players did, not just the guy at the beginning cocking about behind his own try line, seemed to be a wrong option, but their sheer audacity and skill got the job done.

The last one with Dane Coles hitting a perfect angle at pace is very nice and Sam Whitelock's is a beauty for the ridiculousness of a lock sidestepping backs and beating them for pace. From the bloody halfway line!!

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Recap and Press Conference after Stuart Lancaster steps away from coaching England

That sounds unfortunately familiar. I remember a very similar phrase being used with another name quite frequently around the spring of 2008...

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Asaeli Tikoirotuma's huge hit on Tom Homer in the Premiership

I'm with you. Much as I enjoy a good offload, shit ones where there's a better alternative are frustrating to watch. If you're Sonny Bill and your other hand's tied up fending off three defenders, that is the time and place to do it.

In fact it often seems to me, (although I don't think this applies in your examples), that the deliberate/unnecessary backhand offload is done when people can't pass properly off their "wrong" hand...

3 Months, 11 Hours ago

Dan Carter converts final kick of Test career with his wrong foot

he'd have played as good as JW (dare I say better?) - "well" would be a start.....

Whilst it's a valid point, particularly with regard to the post-2003/4 era for Wilkinson, here is a list of names that might temper that assertion that JW was not surrounded by immense players:
Messrs Greenwood, Dawson, Johnson, Dallaglio, Hill, Back, Leonard, Thompson, Lewsey, Robinson, Moody & Catt.

3 Months, 1 Day ago

David Halaifonua red carded for high swinging arm hit on Bradley Davies

I don't like Brad Davies. He makes strange facial expressions and I still consider him an unnecessarily violent thug on the basis of that off-the-ball assault in 2012:

So, while it's never good to take pleasure in someone's misfortune/pain, I'll admit I rather enjoyed watching him get crunched here.

Leaving that prejudgement to one side, I reckon a yellow would have been sufficient here.

Yes, he clearly hit him too high, but as DrG pointed out, Davies is the height of an adolescent giraffe and I suggest that if he hadn't bent his knees so low, and I don't understand why he sunk low like that, we'd be enjoying a nice chest-height smash.

Also, that swinging arm? That is an "attempt to grasp the ball-carrier", which is what is required in the tackle law. It's not like he clotheslined the bloke, even if the outcome was much the same.

3 Months, 1 Day ago

Quade Cooper no-look kick ahead sets up try on Toulon debut

Indeed. High risk, high reward. Reasonably high chance of making a tit of yourself and putting your team in trouble. But on the balance of probabilities, I reckon Quade Cooper achieves a far higher level of reward than cockups.

3 Months, 1 Day ago