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Offline PaulWinch again

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2775 on: May 17, 2019, 06:26:51 PM »
Urgh Mako sounding doubtful for the World Cup.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2776 on: May 17, 2019, 07:02:21 PM »
Urgh Mako sounding doubtful for the World Cup.

He should be fine but will be a bit short on match fitness but given the way the group works out for us he'll have the easier games against Tonga and USA to be eased back in and should be ready to go by the time we Argentina in early October.

Just seen Folauís latest comments, he really does sound like an absolute lunatic.

The complete lack of understanding about how he's created the problem is scary, I just don't know how you can be an international sportsman for as long as he has been and still have no idea about your responsibilities to uphold the moral standards of the sport/union. Fucking idiot.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2777 on: June 01, 2019, 10:20:17 AM »
Great game today between Chiefs and Crusaders.

Offline paul_e

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2778 on: June 12, 2019, 07:45:19 PM »
England playing Australia in the U20s needing a win. Leading 14-0 after 10 with an aussie red card in the 2nd minute.

As I'm typing Australia get a try back. This England team are great going forward but they make a huge amount of defensive errors.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2779 on: June 12, 2019, 08:20:52 PM »
Missed the score from the earlier game, England finish 3rd whatever happens here but will go into the bottom half of the draw.

That said 42-12 up at half time and playing some fantastic rugby. It being against 14 men helps but there's still some fantastic attacking play on show.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2780 on: July 04, 2019, 05:28:03 PM »
England world cup training squad was announced today, Mostly happy with it, but it's a bit harsh to leave out Hughes who had a great last couple of months to the season, I'd have him instead of Shields who I've been very disappointed with for Wasps and England. I'm glad they've stuck with Ludlam, he's fantastic at the breakdown and along with Curry, Underhill and Itoje I think we could see that area become a real strength, after years of having no one able to do the job.

However the situation at 9 is pathetic. Jones spent 3 1/2 years picking Youngs, Wigglesworth and Care and not giving anyone else a chance, only to now drop 2 of them and leave us with 3cap Ben Spencer (who is just a Wigglesworth clone and will just be a box kicker if he gets in) and uncapped Willi Heinz (who's 32) as the backup options. If you're going for inexperience why not at least go with players who will benefit longer term (Mitchell would be my choice but there's 4-5 other U25 9s in the league I'd pick ahead of either of these pair). Robson, I suspect, is out because they're worried about his fitness, which is understandable, but he should still be in the camp (like Mako and Kruis who are there to get fit).

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2781 on: July 04, 2019, 06:15:23 PM »
Shields is dross.

I didnít realise Marley had reversed his decision.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2782 on: July 05, 2019, 09:32:04 AM »
Given that Heinz has never got a look in previously, I'd always assumed that he wasn't eligible for England


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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2783 on: July 05, 2019, 11:26:48 AM »
Given that Heinz has never got a look in previously, I'd always assumed that he wasn't eligible for England

I think he has an English grandparent, he got added to a squad or 2 in the 6N last year as well but ended up being released back to the club.


To be clear, I've got nothing against Heinz, I think he's been a good addition at Glaws. Where I have massive issues is with taking an uncapped 32 year in this late before a world cup, if he goes he'll sit on the bench in the world cup and then probably never see another squad. Robson, Mitchell, Maunder and Vellacott (probably in that order on form in the last 12-18 months) would all be ahead of him to do that (for me) because they would be around for 2023 (at least) and we're looking painfully inexperienced at 9 once Youngs retires (which will happen before the next world cup in my opinion.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2784 on: July 27, 2019, 12:47:40 PM »
Blacks v Boks this morning was a right old error filled mess of a game.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2785 on: July 27, 2019, 02:35:57 PM »
Blacks v Boks this morning was a right old error filled mess of a game.

Awful match, this is why I think NZ are lucky to still be top of the rankings, they're not the team they were 18 months ago, SA are the SH team that worries me because of the sheer physicality they bring.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2786 on: July 27, 2019, 08:37:50 PM »
SA had some poor refereeing decisions go against them as well.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2787 on: July 28, 2019, 10:54:22 AM »
Retallick has a dislocated shoulder but might be fit for the World Cup

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2788 on: August 06, 2019, 04:43:23 PM »
Teo and Brown dropped for the Wales game at the weekend.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2789 on: August 06, 2019, 06:29:22 PM »
Teo and Brown dropped for the Wales game at the weekend.

The right decision, neither of them deserves to be in the best 23 we can put out and they're both too old to keep around the squad if they're not going to play.