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

I hope that the money in the French premiership doesn't have the negative effect on the national game that it did on English football. There are no less starting positions available for talented French youngsters.

I wasn't old enough to watch money change football, so I can't directly compare it, but my gut feeling is that spending lots of money on foreign players will make it harder to for the 'not so great' indigenous youngsters to get into these squads, therefore having a negative effect on long term player development. Attention might turn away from developing young players into attracting foreign superstars.

Toulon are clearly a great club with a real love of their sport, but so are Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United... and how many of the 'domestic' players in those squads would realistically get into a World XI? Probably none.

Rugby needs to ensure that the money in the game finds its way into academies and training facilities lower down in the system. Only this way can French, and to a lesser extent English, money have a decent longterm affect on the game.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Kevin Naiqama's outstanding try assist for Wests Tigers in the NRL

The NRL has produced some of the most outstanding finishes I've ever seen. The lack of space afforded most try finishers leads to some really acrobatic efforts. Definitely worth a lot, YouTube is full of stuff. The NRL have their own channel which is great to look at.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

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

I am never going to erase the phrase 'sex dentistry' from my mind. Have a like.

3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

I'm with DrG. Am I the only one who wants to know the sign for masturbation? Is it gender specific? THERE MUST BE ANSWERS!

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

This thread gives me hope for the future.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

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

Horrible to see McCaw out like that, the man is a warrior. Just goes to show the forces involved in these collisions on a game by game basis. Hope he doesn't have any lasting damage. We want him fit and healthy at the World Cup.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

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

I thought Joseph's try was the pick of the bunch, but Simpson's was also fantastic.

3 Weeks, 3 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

I guess you need her tweet in order to put his explanation into context.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

David Pocock scores first half hat-trick against the Highlanders

Fair play to her for apologising and I don't blame her for jumping to that conclusion.

It's not the first time I've seen sign language on a rugby pitch, but this was a lot more wholesome.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

I think lifting in the line-out should continue, but lifting in open play is possibly something which I could live without. I like to see a genuine contest for a high ball.

If minimising risk is your bag, then you could argue that lifting to catch a kick-off places an unfair burden of risk on the other player attempting to get the ball. They are necessarily going to be attacking the ball at speed, and will be unable to collect the ball without some sort of collision. What could Ali Williams have done in this situation other than allow Toner to collect the ball and then hit him on the ground?

Perhaps a piece of fine-tuning that few in the game would miss, as it would continue to advantage/disadvantage both sides equally.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago