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Ireland break down Italy in second half for comfortable Rome win

I'm an Irish man living in Italy and frankly I'm as tired as a man can be with this victim mentality. Italian rugby won't improve until a viable underage system is put in place, end of! Masi at full back? Please, come on.

Nacho, 21 (Isacc Boss) looked at Parisse but was in contention for the ball at point of contact. Of course you have to throw your body in there if you hope to hold onto the ball with someone like Parisse going for it! Penalty try? Please!

That said I think the try should have been awarded, when looking at the ball it doesn't even stop rotating so I don't see how they can say Parisse touched it.

Bad decision, but by the TMO, not the ref.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - Kristen Thomas dropped ball blows great try

I think you win the internet today Dan

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

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

I never knew that, and I've been playing for years. Stopping short of the line and trying to play the ball on the ground has been called a double movement by referees in games I've played in, with hand signals to boot.
Cool to learn something new after 20yrs on the pitch!

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Teddy Thomas dropped after incredible solo effort against Australia

When the guy you have to call up is Medard, discipline really is easier. Still though, bit stupid of Thomas to miss training....good decision I reckon, positive message to young fellas on the rise

4 Months, 1 Week ago

Saracens vs Western Province Highlights from Allianz Park

what's with the cheesy music?

In any case, would prefer to see Saracens vs Stormers as a contest!

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

Penalty tries can be given for professional fouls inside the 5mtr line

When SBW was cut down there was no ruck formed and so no offside was possibile

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ireland upset South Africa with impressive physicality in Dublin

so in not commenting on the ref he comments on the ref....hmmm. Not sure the Kearney challenge where it seems like le Roux was back on the ground is quite the same as the yellow card incident but I guess it could have warrented a card.

All cards aside though, I think South Africa approached this like a game they had in the bag and made some very stupid decisions. Not just the kicking for touch instead of for points but also in their defensive lines (Bowe try) and repeating of tactics that had been clearly well countered (maul).

Well done Ireland, very well done Schmidt

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

you're right of course, but I think the point James is making is that sometimes the ref can get it wrong and a captains challenge might be useful to point it out.
Of course like tennis there should be a strict limit on how many challenges per half each captain has.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

I'm irish and was gutted with the loss but I don't think there was a forward pass to be fair, it was flat at best but came back out of the hands.

We only have ourselves to blame, missed penalty and inability to cleanly hold possesion for another 20seconds cost us the game.

Fair play to the all blacks, they made the most out of very little

5 Months, 1 Week ago

All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

actually after 80 mins we were still ahead! Oh the agony!

Have to appreciate the All Blacks though, I don't think there's another team in any sport that shows the same consistancy

5 Months, 1 Week ago