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Sila Puafisi red carded after clearing out Kieran Marmion with his head

Cockwomble is a term of derision which I picked up from my good lady wife. The cockwomble in question is Puafisi, not yourself, good sir.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Sila Puafisi red carded after clearing out Kieran Marmion with his head

100% cockwomble.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Fascinating Nigel Owens chat about respect, his attempted suicide and more

I'm proud of the way that the rugby community seems to have realised before many of the round-ball gang that who you want to kiss and cuddle doesn't actually change other, vastly more important factors, such as eyesight, ability to blow a whistle, and not being Steve Walsh.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Fans and players involved in crazy fight at full time in Argentina

Where abouts in France is the town of Argentina?

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Fascinating Nigel Owens chat about respect, his attempted suicide and more

I disagree. I think it's important that we celebrate referees as people, and learn what makes them tick. In the same way that young people can look at star players and want to emulate them, I think it would be good if young people can look at referees in the same way.

Owens is an absolutely sound role model. What better use of his status than to show young, closeted gay men that there is a life for them once they come out. There will have been young men with suicidal thoughts watching that interview, especially in still quite conservative Ireland, and it will have helped them immeasurably.

In terms of the ref being a part of the game you don't notice, I think that went with the increased pressure of being mic'd up and televised. All of a sudden the referee IS a personality, whether they like it or not. Can't blame them for then making the most of it.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Quade Cooper will not be playing 7s for Australia at the Olympics

"7s is a completely different ball game."

No it isn't. They use the same ball.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ma'a Nonu and Quade Cooper combine for awesome Toulon try vs Castres

Absolutely. He looks like he's having a good squeeze of Wihongi's schlongi as well, so kinda deserved a punch.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Quade Cooper will not be playing 7s for Australia at the Olympics

I think it sends no better message about the quality of the existing 7s players. Take a quality 15s player, stick him into 7s, and he might struggle to adapt. These guys are not playing a B-side game, they are simply the perfect athletes for their respective sport.

The plus of having 'big names' is that it adds yet more excitement and publicity to 7s at Rio, but those players need to be selected on merit. Kudos to Friend for making the call now and saving Cooper five months of heartache.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Prop Kyle Sinckler scores Harlequins match winner from 45m out

We'd have felt it all across the country.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Rugby Tactics: The Art of Attacking the Transition Zone

Good thing I've always got my Right Hand Man with me. Well, my right hand.

4 Months, 3 Weeks ago