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Alesana Tuilagi banned for 5 weeks for 'kneeing' Japanese tackler

This ban seems kind of ridiculous.

The Samoan guy that jumped into the tackle that knocked a Japanese player out cold, seemed more citeable to me. Especially since jumping into a tackle is not allowed.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England knocked out of home World Cup by outstanding Wallabies

As a neutral it took me 24 hours to emotionally process this result. Can't even imagine how this must be for the English fans.

I kind of feel sorry for Lancaster. I had the feeling he did some good stuff with the English team, especially regarding norms and values. Maybe he has been too naive in the end. Apart from that I guess England imploded under presure and expectations and were completely outclassed by a fired up Wallaby side.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Arizona Wildcat's pre-match Haka has angered rugby fans

Wow! I stepped on some long toes here. My advice: keep exploring space because performing the Haka is most defenitely not your thing.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Arizona Wildcat's pre-match Haka has angered rugby fans

Wow! Leave it to the Muricans to turn a great cultural tradition into something completely and utterly tasteless.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

South Africa bounce back with convincing victory over Samoa in Birmingham

It's never nice to see someone having to bow out of the cup because of injury, But this is just gutwrenching. I know he got a lot of flack from a lot of Springbok 'supporters' (on other websites) over the last few months. He might have been past his best. But to me Jean de Villiers embodies everything I love about rugby. True grit, sheer determination to overcome everything life throws at you, a humble and gentle human being, both in succes and in defeat.

I actually feel genuinly sad for him and I think rugby in general will be just a little poorer without him.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Wales come from behind to beat hosts England at Twickenham

On the Lydiate tackle: it was not the landing that concerned me (just plain momentum), it was the nature of the tackle. Diving at the knee of your opponent is potentially career ending. I thought World Rugby recently took a stance against those kind of tackles but I might be wrong there.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Highlights and celebrations from Japan's famous win over South Africa

I would not hold my breath waiting for the Netherlands, although we are making steady progress with regional rugby academies in high school for example. We still need to grow a rugby culture and we need some serious sponsors. Logistically we should be able to have a strong competition since Holland is small and densely populated.
But even without participating I am really enjoying the tournament immensely so far.

2 Months, 4 Days ago

Highlights and celebrations from Japan's famous win over South Africa

It's comments like yours and Katman's that still make this my favourite rugby website. Before the match I read a lot of insult in the direction of the Japanese on other websites (varying from questioning either the 'Brave' and the 'Blossom', their size, skills, etc). But guys like you are the real rugby afficionados and I applaud you and every other Bok fan with the same sentiment for that.

You know, coming from the Netherlands for me it is almost impossible to fathom how incredibly disappointed you guys must be, which makes those generous words extra special.

2 Months, 5 Days ago

England finish strongly to pick up bonus point win over Fiji in RWC 2015 opener

From a neutral perspective I really enjoyed the match. The scoreline might be a bit flattering to England though. The subs made the difference in the end but besides Brown I thought Robshaw also had a great game.

God I love seeing those Fijians play but well done England.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Brad Thorn tackle breaks ribs of reality TV star in charity match

Brave..retarded..potato..tomato.. There's a fine line between those 2 things in rugby, I guess.

There was a bit of wendyball-kind-of-off-the-ball-stuff going on now and then. But I reckon that is a matter of instinct kicking in with some of the non regular rugby players.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago