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Christian Lealiifano opens up on leukaemia and playing at Ulster

Great story, better lad, and again highlights the benefits sport brings to life. CL, cheering you on from the West Coast of Canada mate!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Marika Koroibete knocks out Tomas Lezana with brutal tackle

Another example of piss pour refereeing by a Frenchman. 2/2 on Saturday.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Wellington Hooker Asafo Aumua steps fullback to score incredible 60m try

Only one other hooker that I know of can do that, Schalk Brits.

Well done to this young fella. Great bit of skill!

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Joost van der Westhuizen scores within 16 seconds against Otago in 1994

Absolute legend. A man who fought for every inch and always took a yard.
He is one of the reasons I fell in love with the sport - his uncompromising style, skill, grit, amazing vision, and leadership. RIP Joost, you will be missed.

9 Months, 1 Week ago

Special report on World Rugby's plans to tackle concussion

HB, what I believe what you intended to write is that there are more protocols in place in the game now than there were 20 years ago. However, the protocols in place now do not make the game any safer now in my opinion (save for punishing the offender more effectively after the event).

The impacts within the game now versus 20 years ago cannot be compared. Players are stronger, fitter, and quicker than they were then without question. That makes for a more exciting game but it certainly increases the ferocity at points of contact. I don't think that players nowadays are any less tough than they were 20 years ago, but training, expectations, and contractual obligations (as alluded to by DrG) push players further harder than ever before.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Friday Funnies - Vaea Fifita avoids the tackle with perfectly executed jump

I also was always under the impression that it is illegal to jump over a tackle as it is very dangerous.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Find out what really makes Nick Cummins tick in this insightful feature with his ailing father

Hilarious bloke, great value on the pitch and as we've seen over the years (and in this piece) far better value off it. Best wishes to the Cummins - I wish you all well.

1 Year, 5 Months ago

Life ban for horrific deliberate kick to the head by club player in Argentina

Absolutely disgraceful. Actions like this warrant the severe suspension, as well as legal action against them. A vicious blow to the head like that can cause life-altering damage and suffering and warrants legal action, regardless of whether it occurred during a match or not.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Manu Tuilagi makes another two huge hits against Exeter Chiefs

I take serious issue with that first challenge. There was minimal attempt to wrap, and if you slow the clip down to .25 speed you see Tuilagi's head come into direct contact with Dollmans head side on. The impact head to head could cause serious injury and is very dangerous. I understand the game happens at incredible speed and there may not have been malice intended, however, if World Rugby is trying to minimize head injuries, this is exactly the type of thing thing that needs closer monitoring.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

True Grit: The David Pocock Story - Part 2

What an absolute class act. He is the best example of what rugby is all about to me. Sharing tough moments with your team and opponents and being candid about it, showing full commitment, and being gracious in victory and defeat. Moreover, he stands up for what matters to him regardless of potential consequence - something many of us could learn from.

1 Year, 8 Months ago