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    The Rugby Thread

    As it stands I'd go something like (with some bold picks that have no chance of selection): 1.Hepburn* 2. Hartley 3. Williams 4. Itoje 5. Lawes 6. Wilson 7. Curry 8. Kvesic 9. Youngs 10. Ford 11. May 12. Farrell 13. T'eo** 14. Cokanasiga*** 15. Brown 16. LCD 17. Ruskin 18. Sinckler 19. Attwood...
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    Levy plans to stay long term but must consider takeover bids

    And would also be followed by several million posts of whiny bollocks about not getting the third and fourth piece. Happens every single time.
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    Levy plans to stay long term but must consider takeover bids

    No. Our football club has at long last finally combined solid enough purchases (plus the odd academy jewel...) with an extremely competent modern football manager who can improve players and is tactically sound.
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    Levy plans to stay long term but must consider takeover bids

    Since SC came into existence it's always been said that we just needed one or two players more. That ignores though that what happens is not linear. Teams don't stay the same they gain and also lose players, and ignores what other teams are doing. It used to be we just needed a top goalkeeper...
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    The Rugby Thread

    Yeah the main problem is the power the clubs have, plus that a number of them still rely quite heavily on the gate receipts. If there was a point in the future where a TV deal would make it viable for the clubs, I'd be very radical - I'd go to a 14 team league (the current 12, plus London Irish...
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    The Rugby Thread

    At some point they are going to have to do something about the workload of these players, particularly England but in other countries too. It's just getting a bit silly now going into international games with a constant number of players missing and being unable to build any consistency, and...
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    The England Thread

    Encouraging, and clinical first half. The second has been really scrappy though and a lot of it self inflicted and we've rode our luck a lot. A good win though, and the first half performance was another step in the right direction.
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    The England Thread

    Textbook slide tackles = yellow card, it seems now.
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    The England Thread

    Pickford is the most spectacular example, but England are losing it across the park currently. A lot of players guilty of overplaying or making the wrong decision, and without the ball leaving a lot of space now between the lines that Spain had chances to exploit even before the goal. The first...
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    The England Thread

    England just need to find a little more focus here. Edit: And that should now really be a wake up call.
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    The England Thread

    I think it's one of those occasions where a team sniffs blood and realises they have a chance every time the ball gets turned over. That gets tails up and players chasing hard across the park, and with the ball it also means things get done with more urgency, more clarity, a little more risk, as...
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    The England Thread

    Three quality goals, fair play.
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    The England Thread

    I thought the pass from the goalkeeper, absolutely pinged 50 yards right into Kane's path, was arguably the best of the lot. Super goal though, four quality clinical bits of play.
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    The England Thread

    Fucking hell Rashford. Anyone competent throws the big dummy, drags it past the keeper, and taps it into the open net.
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    The England Thread

    England have at least played a bit higher up the pitch in a 4-3-3 and are trying to knock the ball around in midfield, rather than along the backline/keeper and then channel ball as it was in the world cup. They lost their way a bit in the middle of the half but so far a very even game. Still...
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