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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2805 on: August 17, 2019, 02:40:41 PM »
Fairly tight game between England and Wales so far, 0-0 after 20mins and not much going on. Wales game plan, so far, is pretty pathetic for a team that were close to going number 1 in the world, it's just kick and chase targeting Daly.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2806 on: August 17, 2019, 02:57:42 PM »
Awful bit of refereeing there, let them play on whilst we making a sub with Watson still making his way off the pitch. Fucking shit from the officials.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2807 on: August 17, 2019, 04:14:41 PM »
England lose 13-6 but I think there were a couple of key ref decisions in their favour that made the difference. Nothing in the game really.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2808 on: November 18, 2019, 12:55:21 PM »
Israel Folau continues to show that he's a really nasty piece of work, bordering on deluded.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-50455162

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2809 on: November 18, 2019, 06:09:54 PM »
Yes what an absolute twat.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2810 on: November 18, 2019, 06:49:12 PM »
It's hard to comment anything other than ...

what an absolute twat.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2811 on: November 18, 2019, 06:50:08 PM »
What an absolute twat.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2812 on: November 19, 2019, 11:17:06 AM »
Can't really say where to begin with that.

What an absolute twat.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2813 on: November 25, 2019, 10:09:51 AM »
Update on Major League Rugby

Some positives but lots of franchise problems and ownership infighting

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2019/nov/25/major-league-rugby-maa-nonu-rene-ranger-glendale-colorado-vegas

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2814 on: November 25, 2019, 11:40:10 AM »
I think they're trying to rush ahead too quickly if I'm honest. There's not enough of a supporter base or player base to justify the number of teams they're trying to run at the moment, even England struggles to maintain 12 competitive top flight teams at times and we have significantly more to work with. I don't know a better way to do it though, the 6-8 teams that they could potentially support is right on the bottom edge of being enough for a meaningful league (this is why the Celtic league was created because Ireland, Scotland and Wales all faced the same problems with the move to the professional game).

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2815 on: December 16, 2019, 03:16:56 PM »
Rob Howley update

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Former Wales backs coach Rob Howley has been banned from rugby for 18 months, with nine suspended, for betting on matches, including Wales games.

The suspension is backdated to his withdrawal from Wales' World Cup campaign, on 16 September 2019.

The panel who judged Howley found that from 14 November, 2015 to 7 September, 2019 he put "363 bets on rugby union, featuring 1,163 matches in total".

Howley, 49, used his Welsh Rugby Union phone and email account to place bets.




https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/50629124

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2816 on: January 20, 2020, 06:00:32 PM »
The England squad is pretty interesting:



The good news is some of the youngsters in there; Hill, Earls, Dingwall, Furbank, Umaga and Thorley along with Mitchell and Hodge as apprentices is a fantastic sign that they're trying to plug the gaps that were in the World cup squad by getting some more experience into the younger players.


However the prop options, particularly at 3, look a bit ropey and the lack of a genuine 8 (when Simmonds is playing so well) is a worry. I have a feeling that we're going a bit famine to feast and the plan is to play Curry, Underhill and Ludlam as 3 7s.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2817 on: January 20, 2020, 06:48:35 PM »
Rob Howley update

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Former Wales backs coach Rob Howley has been banned from rugby for 18 months, with nine suspended, for betting on matches, including Wales games.

The suspension is backdated to his withdrawal from Wales' World Cup campaign, on 16 September 2019.

The panel who judged Howley found that from 14 November, 2015 to 7 September, 2019 he put "363 bets on rugby union, featuring 1,163 matches in total".

Howley, 49, used his Welsh Rugby Union phone and email account to place bets.




https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/50629124

Wow. The sheer stupidity of this alone warrants a long ban.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2818 on: January 20, 2020, 07:12:56 PM »
The England squad is pretty interesting:



The good news is some of the youngsters in there; Hill, Earls, Dingwall, Furbank, Umaga and Thorley along with Mitchell and Hodge as apprentices is a fantastic sign that they're trying to plug the gaps that were in the World cup squad by getting some more experience into the younger players.


However the prop options, particularly at 3, look a bit ropey and the lack of a genuine 8 (when Simmonds is playing so well) is a worry. I have a feeling that we're going a bit famine to feast and the plan is to play Curry, Underhill and Ludlam as 3 7s.

Is Billy Vunipola injured (again)?

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #2819 on: January 20, 2020, 09:41:56 PM »
The England squad is pretty interesting:



The good news is some of the youngsters in there; Hill, Earls, Dingwall, Furbank, Umaga and Thorley along with Mitchell and Hodge as apprentices is a fantastic sign that they're trying to plug the gaps that were in the World cup squad by getting some more experience into the younger players.


However the prop options, particularly at 3, look a bit ropey and the lack of a genuine 8 (when Simmonds is playing so well) is a worry. I have a feeling that we're going a bit famine to feast and the plan is to play Curry, Underhill and Ludlam as 3 7s.

Is Billy Vunipola injured (again)?

Yeah, went off yesterday with yet another broken arm (4th time in about 3-4 years now, which is worrying). I rate him as a top player but his fitness is becoming too big a question mark to ignore now.

I've said many times now that I think Simmonds is the future for England at 8 and I'm very frustrated that Jones has left him out.