The Rugby Thread

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by tototoner, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. mpickard2087

    mpickard2087 Fantastic Member

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  2. nightgoat

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    It's a shame that it seems to be the same handful of nations being considered for tournament hosts (Japan obviously the exception). After France it'll be Australia or New Zealand again. Surely Argentina, Italy, Ireland/Wales co-hosting could be considered as well and would also contribute to growing the sport.
     
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  3. talkshowhost86

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    I agree that it would be good to spread it as far as possible, but it does also need to be viable.

    I think Brexit did for Ireland to be honest, as their bid can't possibly have had any certainty about whether including the Kingspan was viable or not.

    As for Argentina/Italy, I'd love them to have it but have they expressed any interest?

    Canada or the US is the other place that could easily do it, but there needs to be enough support in the country to make it financially sensible, otherwise you'll end up with loads of empty seats for games that aren't between the biggest countries.
     
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    I think you’d see good attendance in Canada. USA too but you’d have to go for the smalker stadiums as while I think you’d have a fair few yanks going, you’re not going to fill out those massive 90-100 thou stadiums.
     
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    Yeah I'd have thought so to, but the crowd for the Sarries game over there (Philly I think) earlier this season was pretty pathetic.
     
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    You’d have thought a WC would put some more bums on seats but, yeah,the USA is a bit more of an unknown quantity. Canada would be a safer bet, imo.
     
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    Italy bid on 2019, so there is at least some interest in staging it. Maybe that fluctuates with the performance of their national team, but they'd have the stadia/infrastructure and would probably pull good attendances, even if a lot of it would be British and French fans being able to get there easily.
     
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  8. talkshowhost86

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/41998821

    Bold selection from Wales. Have to say there's a lot of names in there that I've never seen play.

    I hope they haven't underestimated Georgia as a surprise defeat there really wouldn't look good on the record.
     
  9. Arnoldtoo

    Arnoldtoo The thinking ape's ape

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    England. Itoje only on the bench ...

    Team:
    Watson, May, Joseph, Farrell, Daly; Ford, Youngs; M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole; Launchbury, Lawes; Robshaw, Underhill, Hughes.

    Replacements: George, Marler, Williams, Itoje, Simmonds, Care, Slade, Rokoduguni.
     
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    Georgia are no mugs either. Had some good results and performances recently
     
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  11. talkshowhost86

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    Strong team, and a very strong bench.

    I think that back line, with Watson at full back, is actually where I see England's future for the World Cup anyway. Much as I love Brown, I think there is scope for a more exciting full-back so we should be getting Watson practice in that area at international level.
     
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    Glad to see Launchbury getting a chance. He deserves it.
     
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    Agreed.

    I think he’d get into every international team in the world other than England and maybe New Zealand.
     
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    Also looking forward to the Hooper/Underhill match up. We haven't played with a proper 7 for so long.
     
  15. mpickard2087

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    That's about the most 'un-English' backline I think I've ever seen - the two playmakers at 10/12, a silky runner at 13, and then the back three are all attack-minded runners with serious pace. No crash ball centre in sight, no steady dependable but boring players on the wing etc etc.

    However to make use of these we will need good ball and it's up to the pack to do the carrying and get us on the front foot. Needs to be a better effort than last week.

    Think it will be a very tough game.
     
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    The decision to have a separate pitch in our new stadium for American Stupidball games looks incredibly wise. The Twickenham pitch is a mess. Usually it's impeccable.
     
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    Couple of instances already of Aussies slapping the ball out of the England ball-carrier's hands that's gone un-noticed.
     
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    May would have gathered that if Foley hadn't taken him out in the air.
     
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    Hooper's at least three metres offside.

    Edit: And that's why you need TMOs in football.
     
  20. Arnoldtoo

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    Let off for England. They've got get back the intensity they had at the start.
     

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