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The new European Rugby Champions Cup explained

that's a great way of looking at it.
I agree that the situation favours Rabo teams less than before, but I'm not sure "shafted" is an apt term.
How often does a team finish at 8th place or less in the Rabo while remaining competitive in Europe?
I think the Irish big 3 will still be in Europe as they usually don't have much difficulty in finishing in the top 7...nor should they.
Let's see how it works out, personally I think that if it's a case of this or no Heineken cup, I'd rather this!

11 Months, 4 Days ago

The Top 5 Rugby Magicians of All Time

O'Driscoll and Cullen should be in here instead of Rokocoko and Cooper, Roko was an outstanding winger but I wouldn't call him a magician on a level with Cullen and Cooper has had as many bloopers as he has had magic moments so BoD would be a shoe in for his spot (imho)
Serge Blanco would be my honorable mention.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Japanese celebratory swallow dive try goes horribly wrong

the amount of times I prayed for this to happen to Chris Ashton!

11 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Best Tries scored in Round 6 of Super Rugby 2014

"Who is it Clarkey???"...

1 Year, 1 Day ago

The Top 5 Brian O'Driscoll Moments of All Time

To be honest as much as I was hoping for a mistake from the ABs their passes were flat at best

1 Year, 5 Days ago

The Top 5 Brian O'Driscoll Moments of All Time

I'd agree up to a point. Whatever era you play in, the conditions are the same for your peers. BoD has evolved with the game which is what I think sets him apart from others. Geordan Murphy had blinding skill and had it not been for the huge frames of the professional era he probably would have made more of a name for himself.
BoD's numbers are more than impressive, record number of caps, record number of tries scored for any centre in the history of the game, top 6ns try scorer and this is all without counting the number of assists, turnovers and tackles.
As for positions I'd tend to agree with the apples and oranges, different skill sets, physique, role to play in the game.
I think "one of" the all time greats is fair, it puts him up there with Campese, Blanco, JPR, Gibson, Johnson, Wilkinson and yes the great McCaw....I'd say he'd be more than happy with the company!

1 Year, 5 Days ago

Stephen Ferris returns to rugby with trademark powerful tackle

Why would we put O'Brien at 8 instead of Heaslip???
We finally have 2 specialist 7's O'Mahoney/Henry, Heaslip is the best 8 we have for sure as far as I'm concerned. O'Brien and Ferris for 6 spot.
Let's not forget Jordi Murphy who's making a name for himself also, if only we had the same depth in quality in the centre's!
Oh dear BoD!

1 Year, 5 Days ago

Stephen Ferris returns to rugby with trademark powerful tackle

I think you need to watch it again, player went to ground, perfect timing

1 Year, 5 Days ago

The Best Tries scored in Round 5 of Super Rugby 2014

well Herman, the confusion at this point is whether or not you're being ironic.
Let's say you're being serious for a sec...
The ref said it was knocked back by far as I can see that's not what happened.
As for the "kick", if you lose control of the ball it doesn't matter what it hits after, a kick is a kick, dropping the ball is dropping the ball.
So at this stage let's just say you were having a good one! ;)

1 Year, 6 Days ago

Ireland in pole position after O'Driscoll farewell thrashing of Italy

thank god for google....

1 Year, 2 Weeks ago