From Rugby World reader, Larissa Falls
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June Tests…Contepomi v France, O’Connor’s hat trick, Dagg’s debut, Ireland’s 14 man effort and the Maori performances. Carter’s 1000 points haul and Habana equalising South Africa’s try-scoring record. Scotland’s double over Argentina and England’s Sydney win.
Jannie du Plessis…For saving a man’s life at the South Africa v France post-match function.
Heineken Cup Draw…Mouth-watering match ups with Leinster, Clermont, Saracens and Racing pooled together, as well as Munster, Ospreys, Irish and Toulon.
Baby Blacks…Winning their third Junior World Cup title.
2nd Tier Tournaments…The Nations Cup, Churchill Cup and Pacific Nations Cup offering emerging nations much-needed game time and invaluable exposure.
NBC…Broadcasting RWC matches on US network TV for the first time.
June Tests…Australia’s front row injury list, Wales’s lack of intensity and the uninspired French performances. Yellow and red cards and high missed tackle counts
Lazy Oz Journalism…Confusing Barkley and Hodgson, calling the Six Nations the Five Nations and referring to Flood as ‘Tony’. Maybe next time the Australian’s might wish to get to know their opposition!
Player Release…Scotland denied their Guinness Premiership players against Japan while Butch James was unable to play against Wales.
Non-Televised Midweek Games…If you’ve got the rights to these matches, then televise them live, with commentary, and make it available to overseas viewers! It’s not too much to ask…is it?