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Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

Why is being civilised reserved for after the game? I'm all for aggression. I'm all for big hits. I'm all for players legally smashing the daylights out of each other. This is rugby after all. But buying your opposite number a pint after the game doesn't give you permission to punch him in the face during it.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

No, no, no this is not classy from Heaslip. Rugby is indeed a physical game but these things don't just happen. Kneeing someone in the spine doesn't suddenly become acceptable because you send someone a nice twitter message. This is just like the incident between Ma'afu and Youngs a while ago. Ma'afu absolutely creamed Youngs in the face and became a hero of the rugby community because he sent him a jolly apology message. Not only has it now become acceptable, but this sort of thing is actually being celebrated as a sign of rugby's values. A game for hooligans played by gentleman? Pshh

1 Year, 4 Months ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Why Nowell? He almost seems to typify the conservative selection policy that Lancaster's been so criticised for. When we have genuinely exciting options such as Yarde, Wade, Roko, Pennell and Ashton what is the Jack Nowell appeal? It's a massive shame Foden's out - he would be so great to have as a back three option.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

The most disappointing part is probably Bonnaire describing this as an occupational hazard. As if this shit is in any way in line with rugby's attitude and ethos. I'm so sick of seeing punches being thrown on a rugby pitch.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Jonathan Joseph brilliance sets up Francois Louw try for great Bath try

Whether it's Joseph, Burrell, Tuilagi, Farrell, Eastmond or Barritt I really don't care. Just please god don't let it be Twelvetrees.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Best Tries from Round 3 of the Champions Cup PLUS Facts and Stats

Sneaky because unless I'm mistaken the bloke qualifies for quite a few different nations. An England cap would tie up his long term future.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

Best Tries from Round 3 of the Champions Cup PLUS Facts and Stats

Perhaps I'm looking at this rather cynically, but Lancaster must have one eye on a sneaky England cap for Nathan Hughes.

1 Year, 6 Months ago

South Africa aim to up the intensity after another win over England

The Hask to start next week? I'm not entirely sure what Tom Wood is adding to the team.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Five stars nominated for IRB World Rugby Player of the Year 2014

There must be a reason for doing the nominations so early. I'm currently sitting here scratching my head trying to think of one. Does anyone actually know why it's done like this?

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Five stars nominated for IRB World Rugby Player of the Year 2014

This would be my shortlist (in order):

Savea
Hooper
Folau
Vermeulen
Aaron Smith

1 Year, 7 Months ago