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France convincing winners over England despite late comeback in Paris

@oliver: At least some other countries have v strong preferences for home grown, if not formal NZ style rules. Eg For Ireland (where I live), if you ain't in the squad before you go abroad, you won't get into it while abroad. (Bowe and Sexton were in the team before going to Wales and France: Mike Ross wasn't in the team for years while in England, even thou Ireland were really weak in tightheads, similarly with many others in other positions)

(also Ireland were at their worst when the Irish players played in England - early 1990s)

Oz also show a strong preference - eg honeybadger in Japan -

But as a one off, I'd imagine SA would have been an asset, if brought in early - he's incredible.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

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

here are the two codes in OZ compared (and other sports); Rules rules eh?

Player participation in League is 5 times higher in all codes (according to a broken wikipedia link!) in Oz

and here's a really interesting way to have a combo/compromise/hybrid game: attacking team plays league til halfway line, then union if they pass it.

This is the time of year people often talk about a fusion of the two - it would become one massive cross-class sport if it did...Ireland would be fucked, and flankers would probably disappear - a pity as they are in many ways the most dynamic and interesting of players (and, the most leaguey in terms of physique)

Its impossible of course, compared to the Berlin wall coming down anyway.... :-)

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Hurricanes set up final clash with Highlanders after big win over the Brumbies

Great clip - good to see highlights that weren't about the scores. Pocock will be a dominant force in RWC i reckon.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Canadian Taylor Paris scores try from 105m out in PRO D2 Semi Final

Great to see such a crowd for a D2 match - albeit an important one - shows the depth of the French leagues and player base.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Toulon's Xavier Chiocci scores a great prop try against Castres in the Top 14

some kick by ha'penny eh?

4 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Chris Hala'ufia huge hit then red card for shoving player's head into the dirt

sorry RD but I think you are giving him a serious benefit of the doubt there ...that comment what could probably be described as disgust at Pearce reacting like he did to the hit"," lays too much blame on the part of the player who was tackled, and who presented the ball! Had he not presented the ball ,maybe, but I can't see how anything could be construed as playacting? Especially when the time between tackle, ball placement and headslam was so short (even in slo mo).

5 Months, 4 Days ago

David Pocock's Turnover Masterclass against the Blues

Great to see him back (not great for Wales or England thou!)

and re breakdown: he's playing both the ref and the opposition - I'm sure he would have marginally adjusted his timing if the ref pinged him once...but as the ref didn't he carried on. Simples.

5 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Fearless Warrior of Irish mythology, Paul O'Connell

seems to be better at some things than he was in the past (eg handling, passing)

V physically fit also

6 Months, 1 Day ago

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.

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - Nigel Owens puts Chris Robshaw in his place

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

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago