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Top interview with 'arrogant' Chris Ashton upon his return to the England squad

I was firmly aboard the Ashton bandwagon, but I honestly feel that since his fall from grace (or fall from the England scene) he has become wiser.

He sounds calm, relaxed and focussed. Whether or not he is the right guy for the England team is another matter, I'd rather Nowell over Ashton starting, however if Ashton can explode onto the scene later in a game to help clinch close results then all the power to him.

I think if he remains focussed on the game, ignores the niggly dickery that he has found himself in, then he'll find his feet.

I think Owen Farrell is another in a similar position, the guy had talent but his misbehaviour isn't acceptable. He needs to calm his head and become humble and from there his trophy cabinet will do the speaking.

12 Hours, 54 Minutes ago

Hurricanes set up final clash with Highlanders after big win over the Brumbies

I pride myself on my ability to produce steps big enough to fool backs whilst I'm wearing a shirt with a number anywhere between 4-8... :D

I wish I could step that big though... more practice!

2 Days, 22 Hours ago

Stuart Lancaster explains David Strettle withdrawal as RWC squad train together

*yet..

1 Week, 10 Hours ago

Stuart Lancaster explains David Strettle withdrawal as RWC squad train together

I've got to admit, I'm looking forward to your book on Lancaster decision making processes through RWC 2015... Very sly to give us little snippets regarding Strettle, Tuilagi and Hartley..

Got a release date yes?

1 Week, 10 Hours ago

Japie Mulder's perfect tackle on Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final

Interesting to hear you take such an 'old boy' view on such incidents....

Although I do see what you mean about it.

1 Week, 10 Hours ago

Henry Speight banned for five weeks for dangerous flip on Juan de Jongh

*, intent, mitigation etc...

1 Week, 10 Hours ago

Henry Speight banned for five weeks for dangerous flip on Juan de Jongh

It does; as others mention, bring the question about what is going to be considered high entry. As Eddie said, I don't think there was malice nor intention, however the outcome certainly doesn't look pretty...

Cards are not supposed to be given with intent in mind I believe entry points for bans should be the same. Then afterwards you can get into the nitty gritty and work out whether he has a good record

1 Week, 10 Hours ago

New Zealand beat England to fifth Under 20s World Championship title

"Prolly"? Really?

1 Week, 21 Hours ago

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

...As someone who sincerely hopes this sort of thing would never get pinged, I hope you're right that I'm way off the mark...

1 Week, 3 Days ago

A fascinating look, and listen, at Christian Lealiifano mic'd up during a match

Interesting 'incident' (non incident) at 1:55 with that high ball.

Looks to be totally fair, attacking player was running to catch and CL jumped to catch, but the collision was awkward he almost landed awkwardly and the attacking player immediately signalled he didn't mean to do that, and again signalled to the referee.

I don't know how it played out, but I'm glad it wasn't immediately pinged. I'm hoping the new laws will continue to correctly assess these areas. Reminds me a lot of an article I posted a link to a while ago about jumpers taking some responsibility for their own safety.

1 Week, 3 Days ago