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Ireland take Six Nations 2015 title after dramatic day in tournament's history

I went all tournament thinking 'defences are on top, the game needs to evolve to allow for more tries'. Then there were over 50 points scored in all three matches!

I've all been blaming the rule makers, but it is conservative coaching philosophies that are the issue; the players have got the skills and need to be allowed to take risks by the people in charge.

Hopefully this is a watershed moment for Northern Hemisphere rugby, where the importance/ease of scoring tries is realised

4 Weeks, 7 Hours ago

Six of the Best Hits and Tackles from Round 3 of the Six Nations

Vunipola was offside. Good tackle, but the problem with people not getting back on before they chase is that it encourages kicking. (Attwood is also off)

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

4) was holding me back!

Wigglesworth has got an absolutely superb pass, and his box kicking is equal to Young's. It's also worth pointing out that he did make a break in the short time he was on- I'm pretty sure Young's didn't but I might be wrong... Also, the speed with which Wigg'wth gets the ball away from the breakdown might alleviate some of the pressure on Ford and allow the backs to stop being so flat.

Having said all of the above,I agree with you that he's not inspiring, and I'd much rather see Care or (preferably) Simpson in front of them all!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

The most frustrating thing was England's inability to recognise that what they were doing wasn't working and change something. Part of the problem with the backs is how flat they were: OK, the ball they were getting was often slow, but on the occasions when it wasn't they've got to aim to bring Joseph into the game

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ireland stay on track with victory over England in Dublin

1) England knew that Ireland were going to kick that much and yet still didn't seem to have a plan to combat it.
2) Ireland dominated the breakdown.
3) I don't think Ford was too bad: the drop goal showed class and the backs outside him were poor, but saying that, Cipriani might have changed the game in the last 20minutes.
5) Conor Murray and Sexton are world class. Wiggleseworth > Youngs

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Five stars nominated for IRB World Rugby Player of the Year 2014

I'd be happy to see either Vermeulen or Le Roux win

5 Months, 6 Days ago

Chat with League convert Sam Burgess upon his arrival at Bath Rugby

I reckon England need to embrace the fact that we will never be able to match the All Blacks and the Wallabies for running rugby, and turn to Tuilagi and Burgess in the centre. Farrell will be able to facilitate boring rugby far more than an open style of play (although he is taking the ball up to the line more recently)
Who's going to want to line up against them?

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England impress with big midweek win against the Crusaders

Cipriani to start the next test, nothing to lose. Pick the form players.

I would also be inclined to start Tuilangi and Eastmond in the centres as Twelvetrees looked off the pace- albeit due to injury- and Burrell cannot tackle.

Evidence the Burrell cannot tackle;

In the build up to Nonu's try, Burrell gets drawn in to allow Conrad Smith's break.
After this, he fails to tackle the sideways moving Nonu when covering; this is more understandable, but the attempt is so weak it is an indictment of his tackling ability

10 Months, 1 Day ago

Ref Cam captures referee JP Doyle hitting the turf after ball passed his way

This actually really annoyed me (admittedly as a Sale fan). The referee has clearly had an influence on the game here, and Sale (as a direct result) lose the ball in the next phase.

Obviously the laws say the ball has to touch him, but surely a more accomplished referee such as Nigel Owens would have let common sense prevail and awarded a scrum to Sale. Why was the ref even standing there in the first place.

After this overall performance, I regrettably branded him 'worse than Wayne Barnes'. Obviously untrue, but it wasn't his best

11 Months, 6 Days ago

Tom Court shown straight red card for tip tackle on Devin Toner

I would actually disagree with what you've just written. The emphasis of rugby is not 'on safety.' By it's very nature, rugby is unsafe. Applying your logic, we may as well avoid all tackling, as that way, 'there is no risk' to the player being tackled.

Although I agree that dangerous play should be condemned, lifting a leg (or two) in the tackle is part of the game, and dump tackling is tremendous to watch and do; big hits are a part of rugby.

11 Months, 2 Weeks ago