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Jamie Roberts excellent pick up off his toes in top Racing Metro performance

I'm starting to rethink duel contracts if Jamie is developing like that at Racing. What an exciting prospect for the 6 Nations if he's running through a team of Saints' quality like that. North is looking sharper than he before the move too. I hate to say it but it seems to have done them good.

3 Years, 4 Months ago

Stuart Hogg apologises after red card challenge on Dan Biggar

Agreed, I think shipping 41 unanswered points is punishment enough.

4 Years, 3 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the series 2-1 after third Test rout

Brian O'Driscoll on today's win:
"I'm delighted, it’s been a rollercoaster week for me but it’s all about being a part of it… I will always have it on my CV and the negatives will be forgotten. Huge credit goes to the players, the management and staff."

Respect is due to a great player, great man and great servant to the Lions over the years. On this occasion he didn't suit the game plan, which involved a dominant scrum and as many of the biggest, hardest ball-carriers as possible - hence Roberts, Davies and then Tuilagi in midfield. The close selections were decided not by nationality but by this plan bar one exception (Bowe for Cuthbert).

The plan worked. Some commentators are still patronising BOD as if he should have been carried in the side somehow to avoid hurting his feelings. With 15min left I'd have liked to have brought him on to rapturous applause, but when the selection was made no one could know we'd be 18 pts in front by then. Part of greatness is putting the team ahead of personal ambition. Brian gets that and is truly great.

4 Years, 11 Months ago

Drew Mitchell catches the ball between his feet after Leigh Halfpenny penalty

Gutsy, if he'd miss-timed it that could have been a nasty bounce!

4 Years, 11 Months ago

Wallabies and British & Irish Lions teams named for first Test on Saturday

I was with you for a bit there, but Tualagi is injured, and Hogg's good but behind Halfpenny, so battling Zebo, Maitland etc for only a bench spot. Maitland may have ousted Zebo only to have a token Scot. Cuthbert never seems outstanding, but his minutes-per-try stat is phenomenal. Whatever you think of it, when Gatland's in doubt he picks a bruiser, and it's an instinct that usually serves him well. He explained why he picked Corbisiero, and if you don't agree that you need to start your best scrummager, can I suggest you re-watch the 1st Lions test of '09?

4 Years, 11 Months ago

Best Tries of the Top 14 - Rounds 16, 17, and 18

I assume it's the same as soccer in England; it's league is probably the best in the world, but the national team suffers as a result.

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Sergio Parisse red carded and banned for insulting referee

I agree with Guy, he'd said enough afterwards to suggest the red was justified. But as a Welshman it's a shame, because Parisse is an outstanding player, and assuming Wales win this weekend, his absence will have taken a little of the shine off it.

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Seven week suspension for dangerous tip-tackle in U20 Six Nations

Sounded like he was a product of Rugby's first civil partnership.

5 Years, 3 Months ago

Junior World Championship 2012 - Day Three Highlights

Looking forward to the Wales / NZ rematch.
That's harsh - to qualify as top seeds and then have to play the Blackness again in the semis.
Still, I don't think the win was a fluke. If they have the self belief they will do it again.

6 Years, 5 Days ago

Friday Funnies - The Five Second Rule

When Dylan Hartley's gumshield comes out, they rinse the turf.

6 Years, 2 Months ago