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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.
2 Months, 2 Weeks ago
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.
7 Months, 5 Days ago
I also was always under the impression that it is illegal to jump over a tackle as it is very dangerous.
7 Months, 1 Week ago
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.
10 Months, 4 Weeks ago
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, 2 Weeks ago
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, 1 Month ago
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, 1 Month ago
Fantastic compilation. Thanks for sharing.
Something that I noticed while watching those clips which surprised me and isn't often discussed when speaking of Lomu's accomplishments and abilities, is just how balanced a runner he was. Yes, he had electrifying pace, strength, and of course size, but he could also step and swerve with ease while at full pace to beat defenders. For a bloke his size, especially in that era was completely unheard of. Pure magic!
Jonah, you left an indelible mark around the world and captured the minds and hearts of everyone that watched you on the pitch. Thank you.
Rest in peace big fella.
1 Year, 5 Months ago
Amazing bit of skill on display but the finish looked like a knock-on to my eyes.
1 Year, 9 Months ago
As far as I'm concerned his actions (the head slam) were absolutely deserving of a red card. That kind of behaviour has absolutely no place in our game and only seeks to undermine the foundation of the game; respect. I also think the subsequent suspension is warranted, if even a bit too lenient.
1 Year, 11 Months ago