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Ma'a Nonu gives his own version of Nigel Owens' "This is not soccer"

Don't swear at the ref, mate. This is rugby.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

SANZAAR release statement on Sonny Bill Williams continuing to play despite being knocked out

"The incident was not identified during the game via the appointed HIA specialist, the match day doctor, the team doctors or the match officials"

- Well they should be fired. We all could see it, as clear as day. If they couldn't (or wouldn't) they are clearly not up to the task and should be replaced immediately before someone else gets dangerously hurt.

"The available post-game video confirms ataxia (the loss of full control of bodily movements), which would trigger immediate and permanent removal under World Rugby protocols"

- A complete cop-out. All of the footage was available immediately, at the time. It did not need to be sent to the lab to be processed. A child watching at home could see the issue. Professionals, paid to protect the health of the players, couldn't.

It's ridiculous.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Residency laws changed as 'Project Players' may be a thing of the past

Heinz is in under the grandparent rule, apparently. Another rule I personally dislike. If a player has an eligible grandparent, I would still require a residency period, though probably a reduced one.

On a side-issue, Brian Moore's podcast suggested the possibility of a shorter residency period to qualify for a tier 2 nation, as a leg-up exercise. Not a bad thought, IMHO.

6 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Scotland end 10 year drought with famous win over Wales

I vote Itoje. He's the captain of my heart.

9 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

Farrell comes off well here. A lot of people dislike him, but he's no cry baby.

9 Months, 3 Weeks ago

South Africa blitz Fiji to break Wellington 7s drought

Some great stuff here. And great to see Scotland and Canada doing so well too.

10 Months, 1 Week ago

Nemani Nadolo goes full beast mode to demolish Northampton Saints

Itoje has the same humble-religious streak. So much harder to hate the humble guys!

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Saracens secure draw with hard fought Chris Ashton try in extra time

I thought that was brilliant from Sarries, and especially from Farrell – two clean line breaks in a minute, and a clear head when it counted.

And on a side-issue: with all England's back row injuries, why isn't Jackson Wray in with a shout?

10 Months, 3 Weeks ago

More Maro Itoje brilliance on display as he blocks a kick with his foot

Maro's nuts would burst the ball.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

Australia's Women claim historic Gold Medal at the Rio Olympics

Question for the Kiwis on here:
My understanding was that it is culturally inappropriate for women to perform a haka (since their role is different in powhiris etc.) and I see them doing do here. Is this a live issue in NZ, or has it been settled now?

1 Year, 4 Months ago