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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 Month, 6 Days 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 Month, 1 Week 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.

4 Months, 4 Weeks 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.

6 Months, 2 Weeks 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.

7 Months, 2 Weeks 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.

7 Months, 3 Weeks ago

A look at Jonah Lomu's 15 brilliant Rugby World Cup Tries

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.

11 Months, 3 Days ago

Incredible backflip pass by Nathan Friend leads to great Rugby League Try

Amazing bit of skill on display but the finish looked like a knock-on to my eyes.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Hard hitting number eight Chris Hala'ufia takes out streaker with big tackle

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, 5 Months ago

Hawick hold out Heriots for an incredible 66 phases before try is disallowed

Poor commentator.

1 Year, 7 Months ago