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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3180 on: February 18, 2021, 09:50:18 PM »
The choice to replace Willis in the squad may be the most bizarre selection decision I've ever seen. Instead of looking around the league at some of the exceptional back row talent (Simmonds, Dombrandt, Hill, other Willis, other Curry, Ludlow, Ludlam, Harrison and plenty more) they've called up a lock who's played 7 games (ever). I'm too confused to even be annoyed about it.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3181 on: February 19, 2021, 09:54:03 AM »
That reminds me of the 80s tale my RL-supporting mate told me about the England RU team going to a pre-match meal.

Brian Barley (centre from Wakefield?) said to England fly-half Les Cusworth, "Pass t'salt, Les."

So Cusworth kicked it off the table...

A bit unfair that. Cusworth was an attacking Fly-Half. If he had been more kick oriented*, he'd have had more caps for England.

* ignoring drop goals. Les did like a drop goal

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3182 on: February 19, 2021, 09:56:55 AM »
The choice to replace Willis in the squad may be the most bizarre selection decision I've ever seen. Instead of looking around the league at some of the exceptional back row talent (Simmonds, Dombrandt, Hill, other Willis, other Curry, Ludlow, Ludlam, Harrison and plenty more) they've called up a lock who's played 7 games (ever). I'm too confused to even be annoyed about it.

I'm resigned to the fact that it'll be like this until Jones is got rid of.


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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3183 on: February 19, 2021, 11:41:23 AM »
The choice to replace Willis in the squad may be the most bizarre selection decision I've ever seen. Instead of looking around the league at some of the exceptional back row talent (Simmonds, Dombrandt, Hill, other Willis, other Curry, Ludlow, Ludlam, Harrison and plenty more) they've called up a lock who's played 7 games (ever). I'm too confused to even be annoyed about it.

I'm resigned to the fact that it'll be like this until Jones is got rid of.
Sooner the better

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3184 on: February 19, 2021, 09:24:04 PM »
Surprised to see some international players turning out for their clubs this weekend, eg Zammo for Glawster.

I thought they were in international bubbles

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3185 on: February 22, 2021, 03:38:35 PM »
How many more players need to go down with the bug before France v Scotland gets called off

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3186 on: February 22, 2021, 05:40:59 PM »
How many more players need to go down with the bug before France v Scotland gets called off

Should've been called off as soon as they got the results today so the scots could go back to their clubs for a week, I don't see any value in kicking it until Wednesday.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3187 on: February 24, 2021, 02:23:23 PM »
Scotland v Whateversleftofthefrancesquad is on

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3188 on: February 24, 2021, 02:40:02 PM »
Scotland v Whateversleftofthefrancesquad is on

Pathetic decision, I'd quite like France to publicly call it as such.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3189 on: February 25, 2021, 12:44:02 PM »
Now off.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3190 on: February 25, 2021, 12:58:31 PM »
So, to avoid France being understrength, they are likely to postpone it to next week when Scotland will be without ten players? That sounds fair...

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« Reply #3191 on: February 25, 2021, 01:07:38 PM »
So, to avoid France being understrength, they are likely to postpone it to next week when Scotland will be without ten players? That sounds fair...

This is why there needed to be an early decision to give them time to negotiate with the clubs and leagues to resolve this.

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« Reply #3192 on: February 26, 2021, 10:57:30 AM »
So, to avoid France being understrength, they are likely to postpone it to next week when Scotland will be without ten players? That sounds fair...

This is why there needed to be an early decision to give them time to negotiate with the clubs and leagues to resolve this.

Just to come back to this a new case was found yesterday which has, finally, prompted a full quarantine meaning they won't be available to play next weekend anyway.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/56196639

I can't imagine the rescheduled game going ahead with Scotland missing half their matchday squad but getting the game played is going to be a nightmare. Normally playing at the end of the season would be an option but with the Lions tour that's unlikely. It might end up being played as a pre-season game as things stand. Of course it might also end up with Scotland awarded the points because there's rumours that a big part of the problem was due to a breech of protocols.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3193 on: February 27, 2021, 04:52:56 PM »
3 penalties conceded in the first 4 minutes. England just don't learn do they?

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #3194 on: February 27, 2021, 05:07:30 PM »
England have just gifted Wales 10 points with poor discipline and not bothering to get set. What on earth have they been doing preperation wise over the last fortnight?

 


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