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All Blacks beat determined Samoa in historic first ever Test in Apia

To date, I have not heard any English individual, organisation, player, coach, caterer or masseuse suggesting in even the most cautious terms that the world cup is in the bag.

On the other hand, I'm more than happy to go on record in saying that I don't think Scotland will get out of their pool. ;)

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

All Blacks beat determined Samoa in historic first ever Test in Apia

Bonkers isn't it! They provide a decent number of elite rugby league and American Football players too...

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Jean de Villiers makes long-awaited comeback vs World XV

Totally agree, Eddie. That will be an absolutely phenomenal recovery if he makes the World Cup. Proof, as if any was needed, that the bloke is as tough as nails.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Five classic underdog tries at the Rugby World Cup

That Caucau try v France was way better than the one featured on this clip.
a) It's against France, not Scotland. (Hastily mumbled apology to any sweaties offended by that).
b) Started from just outside his own 22.
c) In all that distance and with at least 3 players to beat, not a single Frenchman even touched him.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

"If you're having a good game as a referee you don't have 30,000 people chanting, 'Joubert's a w*****r'. And at the end of the game he got booed off the field. That would tend to indicate that he didn't have a good game," Kearns said.

No, Kearnsy. That would indicate that 30,000 people got lost on their way to the football stadium.

Really disappointed in Kearns for this. I usually quite enjoy his commentary but this is real tawdry gutter stuff.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

kadova, there you go again, all you French people who come on RD and post balanced and well-informed comments showing both insight and empathy. You make me sick. ;)

Personally I thought he had an absolute stinker in the RWC 2011 final. I think he lost his bottle because of the enormity of the occasion, because he's usually a very competent ref.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

It's an interesting point. I would have thought if Joubert wanted to pursue Kearns legally, there's a case here for slander. And ordinarily, unless there is a massive disclaimer in place, the vehicle for slander would share the responsibility.

Then again I'm not a lawyer. I'd be interested to hear a more knowledgeable viewpoint on this...

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

Nothing controversial there mate.

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Craig Joubert carding Jacques Potgieter riles commentator Phil Kearns

Can we get a message to DrG that someone's using his log-in?

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago

Five classic underdog tries at the Rugby World Cup

Momentarily shared that thought! But in 2003, Scotland were not as shit as you might think and Fiji exceeded expectations. Caucau especially, for those of us outside NZ, was a massive revelation!

1 Month, 4 Weeks ago