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Crusaders beat Jaguares in entertaining clash in Christchurch

Should be happy they at least identified him correctly. Remember that awesome try Cedric Heymans scored against NZ a few years ago and the kiwi commentators insisted it was Vonson Clerc.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Wasps score epic try then snatch victory at the death through Piutau and Gopperth

Add to those two Farrell and Ford, and it seems we have quite a strong trend for rugby dynasties in England.
I think Will Greenwood's dad Dick played for England as well didn't he?
Oh and Bill Beaumont's boy seems to be doing pretty well too!

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Wasps score epic try then snatch victory at the death through Piutau and Gopperth

I have never heard of Thomas Young, Wasps 20, before. In the first try above, that turnover on the line was outstanding. Then in attack, he sucked in no fewer than FOUR defenders and gave a lovely soft pass for the try. Very impressed. I'll be looking out for him from now on.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Courtney Lawes demolishes Owen Farrell with another trademark tackle

I'd love to see that, especially with a click of the heels and a shout of "Olé!" as the would-be tackler flies past into thin air.

To be fair, most times when I try to "get my Lawes on" it seems the 10 has read your comment. I suppose the main difference is the sheer speed at which Lawes accelerates into the tackle. I mean he really does telegraph what he's about to do, but he arrives in the guy's face so quickly that it's too late to pull out a matador swerve.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Courtney Lawes demolishes Owen Farrell with another trademark tackle

Mr Horse, Welcome to these esteemed pages. Hope you'll stick around. Or are you a regular commenter who has rebranded?

Either way, completely agree and I'd add that even if you don't dislodge the ball, next time that flyhalf gets the ball he's either going to be standing deeper so less attacking threat or he may crap himself in anticipation and ship the ball far sooner than he'd like. (Unless he's Owen Farrell of course, in which case apparently he just rolls with the tackle, jumps up and gets involved in the very next phase).

Anyway, I only scrolled down to the comments on this one to look for "that guy" making the sort of comment you quoted. And the first one I saw was in fact your excellent pre-emptive strike. Well played sir.

Ah, I see our Welsh comrade has now kindly indulged us. Reliable as ever. :)

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Sunwolves lock Tim Bond suspended for 4 weeks for dangerous tackle

Agree. Whilst I think it's right to discourage tip tackles, I can't remember the last time I saw someone injured as a result of one.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

Benny, you're quite right on your opening piece, including the etymology, (similar to the way we still say Bohemian to refer to scruffy arty types, after the horde that used to hang out in Bohemia years ago, but actually had nothing to do with he place.

But here's the thing. Irish travellers are about as closely related to the Romany gypsies as I am to Queen Elizabeth's left tit. They just jumped on the bandwagon so they could claim minority rights under the auspices of political correctness.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

I see. To be honest, I find that insult quite amusing. Not hilarious, or high-brow intellectual humour, of course, but it's clearly harmless chat. And it's taking the piss out of a person's lifestyle choice, not his ethnic background.

The problem with this whole affair is the ridiculous idea that "Irish travellers" are a race or an ethnic group. Yes, I know it's articulated as such in Law, but whoever allowed that to be written is an imbecile. In reality, it's patently *not* a race; it's a lifestyle choice and a bloody stupid one at that.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

Indeed. But that's the crucial difference isn't it. When I pollute this otherwise excellent website with my hateful, ill-informed opinions, I don't claim any authority or aim for anyone else to take the bilge I spew forth as the gospel truth on any subject.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Joe Marler fined £20,000 and banned for two matches for Gypsy comment

"hey Gypsy boy, f*** off back to your caravan" - is this what he said then?
All I've ever heard was "hey gypsy boy", which seemed simply to be a very effective way of getting Lee's attention and stopping him from manhandling his captain.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago