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It's all kicked off again! Apparently Joe Marler should have been banned from all rugby for life for calling Samson Lee a pikey and Courtney Lawes is a talentless thug! I'll be amazed if there isn't a punch up before knocking off time. Comedy gold.
Just letter it simmer down again.

Then just casually drop into the conversation that Warburton's red card in the World Cup semi-final was entirely justified.
 

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On a vaguely England related note...

Sinckler is back in the Quins side for this weekend. Back much earlier than was initially expected. If he stays fit, and with Marler's suspension soon to end, it'll give England a couple of great options at Prop off the bench.
 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43005763

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones says he is not concerned by England coach Eddie Jones' comments about his behaviour and the "bottle" of fly-half Rhys Patchell.

Eddie Jones complained to World Rugby about the lock confronting referee Pascal Gauzere as Wales beat Scotland.

He also questioned whether Patchell, 24, could cope with the pressure of Twickenham when the teams meet in the Six Nations on Saturday.

"It is a step up, but Patch is ready for that," said Alun Wyn Jones.

"People forget that Rhys Patchell has been around the squad for a good few years now. He'd probably like a few more caps as would people who've been in amongst it. But ... he has experience of being around the camp."

Patchell has made six appearances for Wales but has started only once at fly-half, in the 34-7 win against the Scots.

He has been given his chance in the absence of the injured Dan Biggar and Rhys Priestland and is one of seven players in Warren Gatland's team who have never played an international at Twickenham.

But Alun Wyn Jones joked: "We were been sponsored by a well-known brewery for a long time so there's plenty of bottle there."

The three-time British and Irish Lions tourist was also light-hearted when it came to Eddie Jones' describing his conduct against Scotland as being "out of order".

The lock approached referee Gauzere after Scotland's late try to request a video review.

Gauzere had already decided to check with the TMO, though the score was awarded.

"I'm very grateful that he (Eddie Jones) flagged it up, if someone's unsure in professional sport, it's important we get clarity," said the Welshman.

"My parents have done that (told me I'm out of order) for many years, and I'm married now so it's just like being at home."

World Rugby has decided not to take any further action despite the England coach raising the incident.

"Pascal at the time had no issue, and no issue after the game. But we're very grateful that (Eddie Jones) flagged it up because sometimes you can be over-zealous and potentially appear to go outside the spirit of the game," Alun Wyn Jones told BBC Sport Wales at his team's Surrey base.

"I'll keep doing what I'm doing and stay within the spirit of the game."
 

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Anyone going to bother watching the Under 20s later?

I’m looking forward to seeing Ieuan Evans son Cai play. I’ve seen him at FB but he’s playing 10 tonight. Looks pretty decent. Young Ospreys Scrum Half too. Sure there’s several talented young English lads on show too.
 

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Anyone going to bother watching the Under 20s later?

I’m looking forward to seeing Ieuan Evans son Cai play. I’ve seen him at FB but he’s playing 10 tonight. Looks pretty decent. Young Ospreys Scrum Half too. Sure there’s several talented young English lads on show too.
Mrs Too.

Friday night.

U20's rugby.

I think I'd be pushing my luck!
 

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Mrs Too also won't let me watch the u20s.

But for those that do, I've heard very good things about the number 8 for England Sam Moore.

And the magnificently named Dino Lamb (Roar!) has put in some good performances for Quins this season.
 

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No, taking my lad to Bedford Blues tonight for his first ‘big boy game’, his club are doing guard of honour and he’s so excited!
 

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No, taking my lad to Bedford Blues tonight for his first ‘big boy game’, his club are doing guard of honour and he’s so excited!
4th v 6th.

Big game.

It's great that rugby clubs still do all that though. Quins have a couple of schools down every week to do it and everyone seems to love it.

Hope your lad enjoys it.
 

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4th v 6th.

Big game.

It's great that rugby clubs still do all that though. Quins have a couple of schools down every week to do it and everyone seems to love it.

Hope your lad enjoys it.
The feeder system works so well, it’s so much more engaging with the local clubs.
We’ve actually got two of our old players on show tonight, going to be pretty cold though!
 

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Jones has the little shitbag way about him, bit of tongue in cheek though. He’s always good for a provocative comment.

Not keen on managers singling out opposition players like that though, lacks class. He and Gatland both have plenty of previous when it comes to this though. Remember Gatland slagging off Hartley, Robshaw and questioning Ford?

You just know Jones and Gatland laugh about it together in private
 

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Jones has the little shitbag way about him, bit of tongue in cheek though. He’s always good for a provocative comment.

Not keen on managers singling out opposition players like that though, lacks class. He and Gatland both have plenty of previous when it comes to this though. Remember Gatland slagging off Hartley, Robshaw and questioning Ford?

You just know Jones and Gatland laugh about it together in private
Yup agreed on all of that.

Singling out a player isn't great but Gatland has done it as much as Eddie so to then complain about it is hypocritical.

To be fair to Wales though they haven't complained about it and have just got on with it.

I think in the PR war, if it's relevant, Wales have come out better this week just by keeping quiet.
 

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Well, this under 20 game is pretty shit. Scored the first try and went 5-0 up but England have scored 32 unanswered points
 

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Well, this under 20 game is pretty shit. Scored the first try and went 5-0 up but England have scored 32 unanswered points
Sounds fairly one sided.

I see our Quins boy Ibitoye got what sounds like an excellent try.

I didn't actually think he'd been picked. One to watch certainly in the Christian Wade mould of winger. Absolutely rapid but fairly haphazard and not great defensively (yet).
 

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Well, this under 20 game is pretty shit. Scored the first try and went 5-0 up but England have scored 32 unanswered points
I saw the Ibitoye try (while Mrs Too was feeding the cat) and wasn't impressed by the tackling efforts. Every time I sneaked a look England seemed to be pretty much on top.

I don't think it will be very similar this afternoon!

I'm going England by 4 points.
 

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I saw the Ibitoye try (while Mrs Too was feeding the cat) and wasn't impressed by the tackling efforts. Every time I sneaked a look England seemed to be pretty much on top.

I don't think it will be very similar this afternoon!

I'm going England by 4 points.
TBH, and I’m not saying this coz we got smashed, but it wasn’t a great game and I wasn’t overly impressed with either side (though England obviously looked more impressive)

England absolutely smashed us up front though and I liked the look of your 10 (Grayson I think his name was) and your wingers were good. You had some monster Prop who was converted from a second row. Your scrum demolished ours in fact our set piece was terrible in general.

Overall, though, there was a lot of kicking, a lot of handling errors and a both teams got turned over a lot.
 
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