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Jamie Heaslip accepts cited Pascal Pape's apology but is out injured

He was rightly shown red for that.

Also, there's a difference between lashing out in frustration at a bloke who is cynically killing the ball on the try line and recklessly running into an unsuspecting player knee-first. Actually, come to think of it, in court this one would probably be punished more severely, wouldn't it, because it is definitely deliberate, (malice aforethought). But I think there is at least some justification for Heaslip doing this, whereas Pape's was just a cowardly cheap-shot.


1 Month, 5 Days ago

USA Sevens 2015 Wrap - Wonder tries, Highlights, Fiji's victory and more

Never seen a bloke playing rugby in a bandana before (Brazil).

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Sean O'Brien's monster ruck cleanout against France

I agree. You just can't replicate Farmer Tough in the gym. It's one of the reasons why so many of these Afrikaaner boys are so teak tough.

The other one is "Dad Strength" - these gits who don't look like they've lifted a weight in their lives, but have innate physical power. I experienced it last weekend, putting a fence up with my neighbour, who's a builder. He's quite a lot smaller than me (ie not very big!), but there he was, cigarette hanging out of his mouth, happily throwing bags of cement around like bath toys. At the end of the job, joints creaking, muscles aching and back knackered (it would transpire for a good few days), I said "shit, I need to start working harder at the gym" - he just smiled and said "that won't make any difference at all mate". And he's probably right.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

I thought Roko was injured!? Can't see any reason why he's not in the England team otherwise.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Jonny May used to steal Phil's lunch money!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Italy may have done Ireland a favour by falling away as much as they did. This scoreline indeed massively flatters England and if they think they'll beat Ireland in Dublin playing like that they're in for a shock.

England need to approach preparation this week with the mindset that they got lucky in this game.

Need to get out of the blocks a lot faster next week too. If they give Ireland a 10-point head-start, I don't think the Irish will be so accommodating.

Italy played some nice rugby in this game. Hopefully they can kick on and get a scalp before the end of the tourny.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

England lack early intensity but pile points on Italy in second half

Quite a popular view here that Vunipola's "try" was the turning point of the game. Definitely a pivotal moment, but I would say the actual turning point was Mike Brown's injury. Sad to say it, because it feels unfair finding positives in a bloke's misfortune, but the Italians had some real momentum up to that point and the long break while the medics dealt with Brown really seemed to take the wind out of their sails. England took possession and territory straight after the restart and then stifled Italy's attempts to get back into it.

So that was the turning point, chronologically. But the biggest influence in the score was Haimona missing all those kicks. I think it was something like 26-10 when you could still say that if Haimona had nailed all his kicks Italy would still have been within a point of England's score.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

Articulate, balanced, unbiased, well thought-out and sensible comments from all the French posters on here so far.

As always.

God, you lot are boring!! ;)

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

Oliver - best bit on your video is around 1:23 - check out Mealamu winding up a big upper-cut!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Ireland hang on against France to stay on track for title defence

Fair point! Although I would make a distinction between lashing out in desperation as a bloke illegally kills your attacking ball right on the try line versus randomly running into a bloke in a maul. I didn't see the whole match - had they had words earlier? (Not that that would excuse it, just don't get what Pape was thinking).

1 Month, 1 Week ago