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Super Rugby 2017 - Round 2 Highlights

That Reds wing has got some wheels though hasn't he!!

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Dallaglio definitely had an approach from Ireland (where his mum's from originally). Not sure about Italy.

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Well played DrG :)

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Best Tries from the opening round of Super Rugby 2017

Bloody hell, there's some good stuff here. Probably the three Hurricanes tries shown would be my favourites. Although that #DontArgue from Skelton just afterwards was also rather enjoyable!

On a different note, just heard about Ali Williams and James O'Connor getting on the Colombian Marching Powder in Paris. What a pair of tits, surely men of their means have better ways of buying their coke than off a random dude on the street?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39102181

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Pretty sure I've seen a few examples of that American Football deception. I still don't get how a group of players can be that stupid. I know rugby players are sometime criticised for "ball watching", but to not have a bloody clue where the ball is just makes no sense to me.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Where Italy went wrong was trying to use it at almost every tackle situation. New Zealand were much more subtle about it, and no doubt their invisible black shirts probably helped too....

Came across this brilliant piece of analysis from last year, which shows a few examples of the Chiefs working this well, ballsing it up, and a couple of excellent ways to counter it - specifically David Pocock at his usual intelligent best, and Rene Ranger rearrangering the non-existent defence:
http://www.the42.ie/analysis-chiefs-no-ruck-blues-backfired-2715116-Apr2016/

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Well, certainly everything I've ever heard about the bloke, from people more in-the-know than I am, would seem to back that up.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Yeah, I did wonder if that was a subtle dig at sponsors taking up too much of the players' time, after the O2 Inside Line bowling episode...

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

"I genuinely think ANY team would have been equally as baffled"- New Zealand wouldn't because they've been doing it for years: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/71011642/strang-all-blacks-always-appear-offside-and-the-reason-is-in-the-rule-book. But yeah that is probably the exception that proves the rule.

"would we honestly want to see loads of games play out like that?" - won't happen, because it is actually very easy to counter (smash it up the middle, offload before the tackle, engaging a maul rather than allowing the ball-carrier to be taken to deck), so you can't expect to get away with it every time as Italy seemed to think they would. A few of these non-competes littered over the entire course of a match, yes I very much hope to see more of them.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

2017 Six Nations: Best of Social Media from round 3

That last one is awesome!!

Don't think Dawson's shitty tweet should be included without at least some of the thoroughly deserved abuse he received in response.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago