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New Zealand avenge previous loss with bruising win over Ireland

Quite right Moo. Show us the incident which led to the penalty being awarded. The actual kicking of the ball is of minimal interest. Don't know why (many) highlights producers can't seem to understand this.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Scotland sink Argentina with late Laidlaw penalty at Murrayfield

Nope

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Sam Cane cleared while Malakai Fekitoa receives one week ban

It's not victimisation syndrome if it actually plays out that way. Watch this space...

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Sam Cane cleared while Malakai Fekitoa receives one week ban

It does indeed and every time it's mentioned it sounds more ridiculous.
However, the unofficial but universally-applied rule that an early apology on Twitter produces an immediate halving of the sanction is one that I'm sure we can all get behind.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Are the All Blacks a dirty team? Fans divided after battle in Dublin

Last sentence is brilliant!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Sam Davies helps Wales edge Japan after tight encounter in Cardiff

If Wales play like this again on Saturday, they may well provide South Africa with the morale-boosting win they so desperately need!!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Are the All Blacks a dirty team? Fans divided after battle in Dublin

Sound logic, but to work through one example, this was Joe Launchbury's first time ever before the beak. For this reason, (plus admission of guilt, being polite to the officials, declining their offer a biscuit, etc), he was given the minimum sanction which was then halved at the panel's discretion. That is the correct way to deal with it; not just ignoring the incident altogether as seems to be the case with Cane.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Are the All Blacks a dirty team? Fans divided after battle in Dublin

Kiwi in Germany, just want to say well done for so comprehensively refuting these accusations. Loving your approach to using actual evidence and facts to support your argument - rather original it must be said.

This whole furore, in my opinion, is embarrassing. I was struck repeatedly by how gracious NZ players, coaches, media and fans were after the Chicago defeat. By contrast, the reaction to this game just looks childish and frankly pathetic.

BUT, here is an important point: most of the whingeing, as far as I'm aware, has been in the British press. Two things here: the UK has nothing to do with this game and unfortunately heir vicarious petulance reflects unfairly on the Irish, and sports journalists in the UK, particularly those writing on Rugby, are almost without exception, jealous scumbags with an enormous collective inferiority complex.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Joe Launchbury in trouble for kick to Fijian head at breakdown

Yeah that's unacceptable. Bit disappointing for someone like Launchbury who's always struck me as a very clean player. Not saying this was "dirty" play as such, but it was unnecessarily reckless.

By the way I thought one of World Rugby's latest raft of law tweaks was that you could no longer even attempt to kick the ball at the ruck? Presumably for this exact reason. Can anyone confirm??

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Tevita Kuridrani scores sensational try to seal Aussie win in France

Assuming you've got that right, that is a very helpful translation. Thank you!

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago