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Italy give Lo Cicero famous send off with historic win over Ireland

Those 5.11 guys may be listed as 5.11 on their provincial team sites, but really? Earls 5.11? They are all v light/skinny too. (and he's listed at 5.10 on the ireland site- but then, he's also listed as 14.1 stone - really?!! Earls 14.1 stone?)

BOD and D'Arcy are listed as 5.10, and sometimes as 5.9 in various places.

Gilroy 6 ft? Do you really think so?

And 5.11 is close to 6 ft, fair enough. But they are quite small by modern international standards, and they are light. And for some reason, most of the newer players are smaller than the likes of Horgan, Bowe, trimble, fitzy- ierecent or other available /injured backs. And they are smaller than many dominant international backs these days.

The combo of not that tall and quite light is the problem, and is the main, non pedantic point.

Maybe you could respond to the actual basic point- "our backs are quite small aren't they" - points rather than just nit pick? Because they are quite small, esp when taking height and weight into account.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Italy give Lo Cicero famous send off with historic win over Ireland

Damn! No excuse now for Kidney picking those small guys.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Italy give Lo Cicero famous send off with historic win over Ireland

There is another issue too re Kidney: he's opting, continuously, for really small players! Why is he doing this, in the modern game esp, when the exact opposite is occurring everywhere else? This is esp the case for the backs, where physically small players are now dominating the Irish backline. I know some are injury related but eventually, you have to look at the overall size of the team and not just the quality of the individual player coming on.

We can end up with no player even close to 6 ft between Sexton and Kearney at times in the backs now (i.e. 11,12, 13, 14) and that's just madness. A few, fine, but none? (#9 replacement Reddan is small too, and Jackson, on for Sexton at 10, is tiny!)

And there are two really really good, significantly bigger alternatives for the wingers: Trimble and Fitzy, who find it hard to get their game, unlike Earls and Gilroy who don't. But see the provinces, who are more successful, where both Trimble and Fitzy get their game)

(and @gezza- don't forget Tommy Bowe!)

(Finally, I think these small guys have probably stunted their growth taking private school rugby too seriously, overdoing the creatine and weights.)

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Italy give Lo Cicero famous send off with historic win over Ireland

Finally, its ok to talk about the Lions, now that the 6N is actually over.

Who from this Irish team would travel, based on this and other recent performances?

O Brien, Healy and Sexton will for sure, and possibly all start. Lots of backrow competition for SOB, but O Brien's carries make him something special .(Likewise with Healy actually, and the game is faster in Oz than the NH)

Kearney will certainly travel, but Hapenny would prob start instead now. Don't think Lions will suffer with either of them starting though: might depend on performances in the build up to the first test.

Other than those 4, not sure who from Irl should travel. A wildcard could be someone like Trimble ,who ireland sorely need again (as Ireland seem to be competing with the Welsh 1970s side in stature in the backs these days)

Don't think it will or should be dominated by either Welsh or English: both are still flaky as even this 6N has shown, and, in Wales' case, the build up to the 6N when they simply couldn't beat anybody!

Scotland have an excellent back 3 and some excellent forwards (Grey would really suit speed of Oz game)

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Gilbert unveil match ball for British & Irish Lions series in Australia

I feel I need to add a comment here so people can go "really? it was just five but now its 6 comments on a post about a ball, just 99 days before the competition itself starts. Maybe this is actually an interesting stream of comments and a better than usual video."


3 Years, 2 Months ago

Midweek Madness - Rob Cook's bizarre goal kicking technique


Don't think telling ppl to shut up is apt really - comments have been fairly sympathetic I'd say.

@rob His style is idiosyncratic, for sure, but every now and then someone with a unique affectation or emphasis happens upon something that actually work .Obvious example is (not so much Wilko) as the changeover from forward to backwards in high jump. That was counter-intuitive until science spent some time looking and found it to be completely sensible and of course scientific.

Still, I don't know enough about the ergo-dynamics (?) of the whole thing to say much more....

3 Years, 2 Months ago

A look at the Top 5 clearance kicks gone wrong

O Gara's most recent kick for Ireland.........

3 Years, 2 Months ago

The Top 5 Swan Dives of all time

that was somethin else, that last one by Celver! Ashton has that move branded on the brain thou, but they were a laugh.

Love the clips from those guys in general - brilliantly casual compared ot so much sports commentary

3 Years, 2 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

true Pretzel, I'm prejudging and preempting...

courting eh? haven't heard that word in a while. A bit like wooing (is that even how you spell wooing?!?) ...who's wooing who(m) in this clip? Not sure....

And hey, didn't Michael Jackson say (something like) love isn't black and white he wasn't all 'Bad' was he.....there's ...shades...of... grey.... *gets coat, leaves promptly*

3 Years, 5 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

@bumptruck (and in general)

check out the perfect, subtle cheating at 1.02: NZ #13 ENG #10 strolling along, hand in hand, but only one player is benefiting....

Well done to England, they dominated and really had NZ rattled by the middle of the second half - no mean feat. Somehow, I think that if there was a series of NZ ENG games, the next one might result in a slaughtering of ENG, but we'll never know. Good for rugby thou, this result. Shakes things up a bit.

Some lot of talk of SBW in NZ press, and what he might have done, but I'm not sure if anything would have helped this weekend.

3 Years, 5 Months ago