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France convincing winners over England despite late comeback in Paris

Mr T. - Gold!

1 Week, 1 Day ago

France convincing winners over England despite late comeback in Paris

Really nice to see Cipriani make an impact. I've always had an appreciation for him.. he got a bit ahead of himself when he first came on the scene, but then I felt he was given a raw deal, he came onto the scene whilst England was still hunting for their next Jonny Wilkinson and naturally as a fresh faced 'kid' he wasn't able to live up to the name of a well seasoned world best and the UK media seemed to screw him at every opportunity. I feel he has really shown his commitment to the game and hasn't commanded any limelight. His post match interviews (although like most it's a bit sort of cue card answers) seem to be very modest and he actually seems scared to over inflate himself ahead of showing what he can actually do.

On the England side of things, this is a bit worrying, this was their 'better' team than last week and it didn't work. I don't know whether it just so happened France are better in some places, or England were rusty in those places, but certainly worrying times and head scratching times for Mr Lancaster...

...On the subject of Lancaster - what a bloody likeable bloke, his post match interviews are brilliant, he is pleasant, calm, collected and doesn't snap at reporters which although may ask stupid questions, are only doing their jobs.

As for France, they seemed to play with a lot of brute force and determination. Not sure if they're going to be the same bunch next time they play.. I suppose it depends on the wind direction, humidity and alignment of the planets... amongst many other variables! - But good show this week!

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Rayno Benjamin's sneaky trip gets cautioned before he commits a blooper of note

Better to be tripped than kicked in the spuds...

1 Week, 3 Days ago

Some of the greatest amateur rugby hits and collisions of all time

1:08 did the tackler get a red card for spearing himself?

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Rayno Benjamin's sneaky trip gets cautioned before he commits a blooper of note

This guy is insightful (man on video) but I think he needs to work on his confidence in the delivery, sort of stumbled a little with his words and made it a bit overly dry to listen to.

That all being said from a guy that isn't a fan of public speaking himself...

1 Week, 4 Days ago

All Blacks fined for waterboy Liam Messam joining on field scuffle

I don't think 3rd man in should always be a red card, rarely in fact... I can see why, but when you look at this "brawl" I'd say it's 100% pushing and shoving, no one is swinging. The majority of "brawls" these days involve a large number of people trying to separate the whole lot, not get involved...

I personally believe the reason players rush in these days is to stop their own lads getting themselves into trouble...

1 Week, 4 Days ago

All Blacks fined for waterboy Liam Messam joining on field scuffle

$2000 is a joke if they want to make a stand...

I can see why they don't like it, you've got the potential for a 30 man brawl, it's going to be hard enough to pick it apart and see what's going on without touchline folk joining in.

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Mammoth tackle as two giant Polish forwards meet in Cup Final

I'm going to bite...

Are you a grandparent softened by the joys of seeing the little 'uns staggering about in their early years?

I find it hard to believe that a front rower such as yourself, who played in the era that you did (I don't remember exactly when that was, but I know it was pre professional yes?) and be so; dare I say it, soft.....If you can possibly take that as a non offensive comment I would appreciate that because I'm not trying to be offensive, it's just all the front rows I've ever come across of the 'old era' are the kind of guys that would be wearing muzzles these days if it wasn't for the fact that they'd eaten far to many pies and pints (glass and all) throughout the years that they'd never catch anyone to actually give them a chomp....

I mean you mention the law makers etc, your 'era' was some of the dirtiest, grungiest, dogged rugby there was, and you're moaning about two forwards clattering into each other.... Granted I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of anything in the video above, (or caught in middle ground), but there has always been beasts clattering beasts...

2 Weeks, 6 Hours ago

James Schrader's sensational try saving tackle in the opening round of the ITM Cup

I got what you meant Dan, but as you said 'the line between being a hero and a villain' I was merely commenting on the outbursts that could have come from the connections had they happened....

We're all sitting here amazed (flabbergasted if you will) and the brilliance of that try saver, but we've seen the mountains of hate comments when something like this goes wrong...

"he could have died"...

2 Weeks, 6 Hours ago

England get the better of France with some great tries at Twickenham

Would you say Ford is first choice for a RWC?

It happens every time, we all get excited when the world cup comes along, but every year myself and others, end up getting cynical and asking ourselves why we look forward to it... We rarely see anything exciting in terms of play styles, it's invariably the most conservative boring games out there... Up until about 15 seconds ago, I'd have said Ford should be first choice, but then you pointed out Farrell can defend and kick... is that what's needed in a World cup?

Excuse my cynicism, I love exciting rugby as much as the next person, it's just I amaze myself how often I and everyone looks forward to exciting RWC rugby which rarely happens... Other than edge of seat "we HAVE to win" kind of stuff... (An ugly win is still a win..)

2 Weeks, 7 Hours ago