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Aironi's Simone Favaro smashes Ospreys replacement Tom Isaacs

Very well heard! I hadn't picked up on that initially.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Butch James banned for four weeks for dangerous charge against the Brumbies

Punching and shoulder charging are not 'part of the sport'. They never were part of the sport. Just because people do it, or have done it in the past, does not legitimise it in any way.

A great lesson of rugby is supposed to be learning to control aggression and be disciplined. If a player can't do that, then they must accept the consequences.

This isn't about changes to technical issues of tackling, or scrummaging or other aspects of legitimate gameplay (which *are* part of rugby). It was just mindless aggression.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Toulon through to Challenge Cup final after nail-biting win over Stade Francais

You'd have to say that at present Armitage is in significantly better form than Robshaw and (inevitably) Wood. If you were solely looking at a form 7, I think you'd have to go for Armitage. However, displacing the emergent England captain seems extremely unlikely and possibly counter-productive.

So, hopefully he gets a place, but perhaps not starting.

Given his sevens pedigree, decent kicking and good handling skills, I think he could probably also play in the backs at outside centre too. Good to have that sort of flexibility.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

 
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