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Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

re facebook and 'haters': facebook was killing the comment section here for about 2 years. People just commented over there instead.
This was
A) useless for RD and revenue
B) lowered the tone for those of us who wanted to interact on RD, as RD Facebook isn't knowledgeable or respectful (that's a facebook thing, not an RD on Facebook thing specifically!)

However if some of those facebook ppl are starting to come over here and interact, that's fine. Probably only the more committed will, we need more traffic anyway, and it'll be up to us old timers to keep things relatively respectful. Innit.

1 Week, 20 Hours ago

Midweek Madness - Nigel Owens puts Chris Robshaw in his place

oh that's good. Full first name as an expression of authority. :-)

1 Week, 20 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

core issue it seems is actually the placement of the player onto the ground, not the tackle. Tackle looks worse in slo mo, but is touch and go.
Placement is more an issue as players have a duty to place the player properly after a tackle. I know that sounds weird, but that's part of what is, technically, supposed to happen. So even if Lawes didn't deliberately tip him, the momentum of the tackle caused a tip. So, I reckon lawes had a duty to try to prevent the head from going down first. What seems to have happened is that lawes didn't do that, and may have done the opposite. He may have actually driven it a bit. Look at where the head and feet are at the very end.
Owens seems to have seen the tackle and timing and called it as fine - that's fine - but did he watch it through to the end? Possibly not - he had a game to watch!
Lawes may end up getting a ban from the citing comm for that bit at the end.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

France ease to comfortable victory over Italy at wet Stadio Olimpico

u were lucky FelipeG. It was awful. I remember seeing 19 handling errors for one team, 17 for the other popping up on the screen at one stage....that doesn't include really crap kicks obviously (eg out on the fulls).

Appalling match, sucked the life out of me as I endured it. Probably fell asleep straight afterwards...

France could be so good, but aren't (allowed be)....

Such a pity.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 1

he needs to be standing up - makes a big difference (eg many of the US shock jock radio presenters stand in the studio, they don't sit!)

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Sean O'Brien's monster ruck cleanout against France

thou on (yet another) look SOB is certainly resting there at the end for a while...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Sean O'Brien's monster ruck cleanout against France

Desperate Dan stuff, that!

Sneeky headlock at the end, but great to see that SOB back.... :-)

I've heard the same sort of farmer strength talked about re the Welsh and coalminers

....its tuff down pit an all...

(I'm in Ireland)

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Try Savers and Rib Breakers 13

ahh yes. Kept wantin got pause and rewind but resisted and went all the way through. Great stuff. One to watch again and again .Really enjoyed the try savers this time actually - so many so unexpected. That 2 tackles in one....in-croy-able.

Now, to watch once more....

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Slade and Wade score as England Saxons defeat Irish Wolfhounds in Cork

basically, Rugbydump, most people want to see Sean O Brien tearing into Chris Ashton ...so if you could oblige, that would be 100% fantastic!

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

some pair...

4 Months, 1 Week ago