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Rugby mad and sports crazy. Passionate about my teams and a firm believer that sport can transcend boundaries beyond the field or court.

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I was under the impression the SA SR teams were not in favour of the travel they would need to do for the Sunwolves so requested they play in Singapore? I may be wrong in that, but that’s why I thought the Sunwolves split their home games.

Without knowing how or when a set up like that would be established it’s all conjecture anyway. Considering the revenue involved I think the real hurdle would be a sustainable Pacific Team and the dynamics of what I guess would be an attempt to meld 3 independant countries into one cohesive Football Union.

Japan must join the Six Nations

I’m just glad they didn’t appoint any Kiwi’s, so you can’t blame us.

Oh, and we all took a vote, you can keep Raelene.

Rugby Australia announce three-man panel to review Wallabies

I hope you understand that most AB fans are thrilled for the Boks and South Africa and don’t begrudge you a thing. You were deserved winners in ‘95 and are deserved winners this year.

For a side note to all the AB fans who may not be as humble as the actual AB team, it’s worth noting that SA does appear as many times as NZ, but doing it in 2 less world cups than us.

Seven talking points from the Rugby World Cup Final

Congratulations South Africa, Soring Boks, Harry, Corne, and all the other South Africans on forums. Fantastic win and convincing result. Can’t praise the team enough for coming back from the opening result to the last result. The only team in history to achieve that turn around. Enjoy the moment and we will Ofcourse see you in 4 years – and before that too Ofcourse haha.

CHAMPIONS: Springboks strike late to win third Rugby World Cup

This is it. We all think the response was fine, but at the end of the day, they broke the rules, they got told at the time they were breaking the rules, it is what it is.

England fined for haka drama

No, they crossed the half way line, it is a line painted on the field, the proximity of either team to this line does not change the line.

England fined for haka drama

They don’t have to be spectators. They didn’t get fined for doing a response, they got fined for crossing half way. These are not mutually exclusive.

England fined for haka drama

If they meet at half way and no one crosses it, no harm no foul, no fine.

England fined for haka drama

Would have been a great game to go to from what I saw. Actually really looking forward to this weekend.

Why I have fallen back in love with the Cup

Does the rule say anything about balls crossing the line? What if the team all just put up some Garry Owens and the winner was the one that sconed TJ? That might be taking it a bit far I’ll admit, but it’s been a long day.

England fined for haka drama

That would actually be amazing. And the one smart arse who runs up and shoved someone else so they fall over and cop a fine. That would be awesome.

England fined for haka drama

Yea, fair points. I guess that’s why most just opt for the 10m line.

England fined for haka drama

Yea, I thought it didn’t bode well either. Can normally tell in the first 10mins how things are going to go with the ABs… and yea, didn’t go well did it.

England fined for haka drama

But “do what you want in your own half” probably is them thinking they have something that’s clear and allows for the challenge to be responded to. England’s response is a (almost) perfect example this. If they pulled back the ends of the line slightly, no harm no foul, but still a great response.

And ‘fine them if they make contact’ is more in line with a policeman (Garces) response than a management (Owens) response – to steal terminology from Spiro.

England fined for haka drama

I like that idea Peter and I think that would work in theory but doubt players would be able to stick to it, especially in the heat of a Haka or response. And officials wouldn’t be able to police it; they tried to move back the English players but couldn’t on Saturday.

Although I don’t necessarily agree with the half way line rule I can see why they have it.

England fined for haka drama

I never had a problem with the stand offs and I think most Kiwis would agree.

To be honest I don’t know why they brought in the rule, I’m only assuming it was to avoid stand offs. I don’t have an issue if they cross that half way line but don’t think it’s an issue for them to stay behind it either if that is what World Rugby want. England’s stand last weekend would have been just as effective if the tips had been back a couple metres on the line. I think it’s a storm in a tea cup really.

England fined for haka drama

None of the reasonable things have been prevented though. The rule is don’t cross half way. I think that’s reasonable. Anything else is fine from what I can tell and read.

You’re right about those examples not happening before, but before Italy decided not to commit anyone to a ruck to avoid offside lines, no one had done that before either.

The idea of not crossing the half way mark was probably generated by people marching across and getting into aggressive stand-offs before matches. They may have been trying to negate that stand off situation, which was certainly happening prior to the rule.

England fined for haka drama

Haha fair enough, I resolved a few years ago never to drink at a work function again. I worked for a company that had a reputation of drinking their way to success and we certainly tried.

When your feeling better come back for a chat, I’m here all week 😊

Why I have fallen back in love with the Cup

It can’t be hard to stay in your own half though? I agree it’s a silly rule but the alternative could see teams running laps, standing in the middle of it, making faces behind them (I’m aware if the irony), so a blanket ‘do what you want but stay in your own half’ seems fairly reasonable all other things considered.

England fined for haka drama

I’m glad they have reiterated that it is the crossing of halfway that was the issue not the response it self. I’ve seen a lot of hyperbole and finger pointing over this but little in the way of accuracy.

England fined for haka drama

It does a little bit I guess the fine is for crossing half way not the response as such. The response was great, where the tips of the V ended up was the issue. I guess the reality is though that the social media manager or who ever that posted the video probably isn’t the one that decides on fines etc. Yes an organisation should have a consistent message but I’m sure with one as large as this and the need for quick social media updates means that not all posts will pass through the higher corridors for sign off before posting.

At the end of the day, England can afford it and it goes to charity, so it’s a win/win.

England fined for haka drama

Thanks Neil, I did bounce back pretty quick after the initial shock, and even watching the second semi, as dour as it was, made me remember what I liked about our sport. It’s actually a nice change not to have skin in the game and be able to watch for the game rather than the result. But also, go the Boks 😛

Why I have fallen back in love with the Cup

Thanks, amongst all the hype about the big dance it’s easy to forget the moments like that that show what it means to teams outside the top 4 or 5.

Why I have fallen back in love with the Cup

I think Grey-hand is referring to your SBW has no pride comment.

Reports: Canadian rugby league side offering Sonny Bill $9 million

Classic 😁

New Zealander's hilarious reaction to the All Blacks' World Cup loss