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The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

@10stone,
Good to see the producers of Rugby HQ read the Rugbydump comments section. You called for this Top 5 (http://www.rugbydump.com/2014/06/3799/the-top-5-big-boppers-130kg-in-world-rugby) and they delivered.

My suggestion for a top 5 players under 6 foot on that thread was:
Steffon Armitage
Leigh Halfpenny
Gio Aplon
Jason Robinson
Shane Williams

Same top 3, which is no surprise. But I stand by including Magic Steffo - why should a shortarse forward not qualify?

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

@eddie-g - Christian Cullen? Awesome player but I never thought of him as a small player - isn't he about 6 feet tall?


2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

Steffon Armitage = 1.75m, 5'9.

Bruno, I also agree with the point you were making, but isn't it interesting how all these exceptions to the rule - Hooper, Brussow, Armitage are actually awesome. Definitely something for selectors keen on massive flankers to ponder.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Some of the Biggest Hits from Super Rugby in 2014

Hope the person who gave that pass to Conrad Smith bought him a very large glass of booze after the match!

Very fitting that the hit on Hooper is the finale to this clip. Love the way he absorbed what was a huge hit and still got the ball away calmly. Then that grin afterwards - love it!

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Great tries from the Sharks vs Highlanders Super Rugby Qualifier

Very nice. great tries, always nice to see the big boys weighing in with some tries, not sure I approve of the handling and passing skills Hames showed here,but there you go.

That offload at the end is bloody amazing.

3 Months, 2 Days ago

The Top 5 Moments from the 2001 Super Rugby Season

Larry - I'm fairly sure that once the scrumhalf has hands on the ball he is still fair game. the five-second rule means he has four-and-a-bit seconds before he has to put his hands on the ball.

I'm pleased to report that at the level I play at, (with most teams fielding an average age of 40-45), the scrumhalf is frequently smashed well within any 5-second range.

3 Months, 4 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

Would have been burnt? Everyone knows it's the sun that has to use Chuck Norris cream, not the other way round.

3 Months, 5 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

DrG, sort of. I am indeed saying I think Banaha-hanahan had the natural skill set of a forward.

It's all conjecture, but the impression I get is even if Banahan had had his rugby education in New Zealand or Fiji, he would still have been a better lock than wing.

As 10stone says below (or above, i'm never sure exactly where new posts will appear...):
"Either you got it or you don't. Lomu had it."

BTW 10stone, I don't think Ryder's the best example but you're in the right geographical area. Look no further than the man in my avatar - Rupeni Caucaunibuca. Built like a prop, yet I would argue he's the most elusive wing I've ever seen.

There you are DrG - better comparison for you: Caucau v Matthieu The Bastard. Both look like the kitman made a mistake with the amount of 1s and 3s on their shirts. In my opinion, one of them has "it" for playing as a back, the other is a (pretty effective) battering ram.

3 Months, 5 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

Love it. Brilliant to hear this kind of first-hand account.

As I recall, in those pre-internet days (well pre-people really using the internet for everything), and with international matches being less frequent, there was a real mystique anyway about a team travelling from the other side of the world. Easy to take it for granted now.

I imagine you and your buddies may have been wondering whether to believe the hype or not - then these monsters turn up with their superior strength and stamina! And that's without this mythical giant winger...

3 Months, 6 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

My point was that - in my opinion - he doesn't have the natural skill set of a wing, or any back position for that matter. The reason he got moved out of the second row was that his pace seemed wasted there. But look at someone like Tom Croft (or indeed Lawes) - just because you play in the pack doesn't preclude you from ever getting involved in the running stuff when the chance is on.

As this you can see from this Lomu clip, there's more to wing play than just running fast and for the best players in those positions, those skills come naturally.

3 Months, 6 Days ago

 
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