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Hurricanes set up final clash with Highlanders after big win over the Brumbies

That's why I started to live by my own (interpretation of the) laws. For example: it's ok to dive over a ruck on top of someone half your size but twice your speed and agility (for which I received an official warning after just half a minute last saturday...)

2 Months, 6 Days ago

Japie Mulder's perfect tackle on Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final

Don't know if it's completely true but I read that Joost broke one of his ribs in the semi final against France. True or not he is a legend and the Mulder tackle is also awesome.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

You can run but you can't hide from the Savea brothers

Meh...I think in 30 years time the Muricans will have their own brand of 'rugby', with different rules, lots of time outs to facilitate advertising and it will only be played in the States so they will be world champions.

I believe League and Union will continue to exist.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Sonny Bill Williams issued warning for huge hit on Conrad Smith

Interesting view by the commentator: 'But is was legal initially'. Everything thing starts legal initially...until something illegal happens.

Smith is an absolute warrior though.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 17

I think DrG is on the money with his explanation. I wouldn't be surprised if they also hold GPS trackers etc.

On Nadolo: I think I saw him score a try with an out of this world one hand catch at the end of a Carter crossfield kick. Unbelievable player.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Former All Black Jerry Collins tragically killed in car crash

That's just fucking horrible news. I just hope and pray their baby girl manages to pull through. Really, really sad news.

3 Months, 13 Hours ago

Midweek Madness - Christian Wade butchers hat-trick try against the Barbarians

I wouldn't be too surprised, Jimmy. One headline story over here last monday was an incident with a drunken hedgehog that was picked up and put in hospital to sober up. Not kidding.

3 Months, 2 Days ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

I can see your point. Personally I find making a huge hit on any player of the opposing team the most satisfying feeling. I tried to punch someone only once, after being on the receiving end of a punch...I missed. Felt so emberrased that I never ever felt the urge to do it again.

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

There's testosterone in boxing but that doesn't mean the boxers start kicking eachother in the head. There are laws. Obey them.

When I started playing there were fights in every match and hardly anybody got sent of, ever, which was ok by me. But things have changed over the year, for the better. There are legal ways to 'dominate your opposition' and hitting, kicking, biting, gouging have nothing to do with 'dominating the opposition'.

I guess I started looking upon this differently when my son started playing. He nearly got his eye poked out and I certainly don't want him to come home missing some teeth because some idiot decided to 'dominate the opposition'.

And don't even start argueing that there should be different rules for different levels. It just doesn't work that way. Just look what happended to wendyball, at all levels..

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Laurie Weeks sent off and banned for multiple punches on Jannie du Plessis

Well, the referee does not make the laws, he just needs to apply the laws properly.

Why wouldn't the ref let play continue after a forward pass? Answer: because it would not be rugby anymore but American Football. The same goes for hitting someone on the pitch: that kind of stuff has no place on the field of play.

3 Months, 4 Days ago