The Rugby Thread

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

  1. E17yid

    E17yid Well-Known Member

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    Jake Ball has been ruled out of the 6N along with Davies. Unlike England the second row is not an area we can really afford to get injuries in but there you go.

    North in talks with the Dragons as well. Ospreys best pull their fucking finger out.
     
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    E17yid Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn’t be surprised at all. You’ve won the last 2 championships 1 of which being a GS. Yes Scotland will be tough this year compared to previous years and Wales is always an emotionally charged, well contested (usually) game but generally speaking if you beat Ireland at home you’re well on course for another GS. Likewise for Ireland d, if they beat you I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them go on to win the GS
     
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  3. Arnoldtoo

    Arnoldtoo The thinking ape's ape

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    Would you like to borrow one of our second rows? That's what we used to do at school.
     
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  4. E17yid

    E17yid Well-Known Member

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    That’s awfully good of you old bean.
     
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    I'm way too old for a call up now, but back when Wales called up Sonny Parker, I thought I was in with a good chance on the basis that my Mum had once owned a Tom Jones record.
     
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    E17yid Well-Known Member

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    Just the 1? You have to own at least 3 to qualify.
     
  7. Azazello

    Azazello The Boney King of Nowhere

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    It's not unusual to own fewer than 3, no matter what you say.
     
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  8. Japhet

    Japhet Well-Known Member

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    Not in those days. Eating a bowl of leek and potato soup pretty much guaranteed your elegibility.
     
  9. E17yid

    E17yid Well-Known Member

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    Shane Howarth qualified via owning Silence of the lambs on VHS. Really, though, you should be thanking us for paving the way for Rokdungi and Solomon.
     
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  10. talkshowhost86

    talkshowhost86 Mod-Moose Staff

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    Solomona I'll give you. I hope he doesn't get anywhere near the England team anytime soon for a variety of reasons.

    But I think Roko has more than earned his Englishness having been to Afghanistan on our behalf!

    Will all be much better once they go back to the 5 years rule. Things like the Hadleigh Parkes situation don't look very good for the sport. Not blaming Wales btw as it's within the rules at the moment, but I just think it makes a slight mockery of international rugby.
     
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  11. E17yid

    E17yid Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, agreed. Most nations are at it these days though except for a few (Argentina springs to mind)

    I remember having this conversation with @SugarRay and we both agreed that we’d go further and say you should have at least 1 parent who is from whatever country. But yeah, at the very least it should go back to 5 years for the residency qualification.
     
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  12. talkshowhost86

    talkshowhost86 Mod-Moose Staff

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    Yeah whilst people like Vunipola and Tuilagi are slightly different having been here for a while, I don't like it when England use people like Hughes who seems to be exclusively a project player.

    Ireland did it as well with CJ 'O' Stander.

    Mind you if things keep going the way they are, there won't be any Pacific Island international teams so it'll become an interesting bidding process.
     
  13. Japhet

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    There are so many things that the Rugby authorities do better than the people running Football. The Residency bullshit isn't one of them though.
     
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  14. talkshowhost86

    talkshowhost86 Mod-Moose Staff

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    Warburton out now as well.

    You’ve clearly jinxed everyone on that list, although Warburton has been jinxed for a while really.
     
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  15. E17yid

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    I know. Gutted.

    Mind you 7 for us is almost as good as your 2nd row options. At least we have Tips and now Navidi looks like he can be a great option off the bench. Still a big loss, though.
     
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    Just been watching the young french 10 jalibert for bordeaux. That lad looks insane. Any one else seen him? France will be dangerous with him.
     
  17. E17yid

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    The Northampton v Ospreys game is ridiculous
     
  18. talkshowhost86

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    Seems that Northampton have decided a defeat to Ospreys is officially rock bottom and have therefore sacked Mallinder.

    Did your lot play a different team to what they've been putting out in the Pro-whateveritis? Either way I think Mallinder's sacking has been a while in coming.

    Meanwhile my Quins comprehensively followed up their brilliant win against the double European Champions by losing to a team (Ulster) last seen drawing with Dragons. I think we may be the most inconsistent team in the history of club rugby.
     
  19. Japhet

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    As a Saints supporter I'm a bit sad to see Mallinder go. However, we have been awful for quite some time now and have made some dreadful recruitment gaffs. Don't seem to be playing with any heart at the moment. We've never really got past losing Manoa in my opinion and haven't had a solid, first choice 10 for ages. Don't think Dan Biggar is the answer either. No idea who will be coming in - just hope it isn't Grayson.
     
  20. E17yid

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    Nah mate it’s just that we’ve written off the league and putting all our eggs into the champions cup. Remember, we only narrowly lost to saracens away by 1 point and I when I watched that I was like where the fuck has that performance come from. Same with Northampton.

    Old AWJ bossed Itoje and now has bossed Lawes. I joke, Lawes was decent.

    I think we’re just as inconsistent as your lot, if not more, this year.

    We’ve got half a chance of QF but have to beat Sarries.
     

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