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Re: Domestic and European Rugby Union
« Reply #150 on: September 19, 2021, 09:03:28 PM »
Good to see Barnesey on Rugby Tonight.

He’s up there with Nige in terms of ability to explain refereeing. With the added bonus on sounding a bit like me :)

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« Reply #151 on: October 01, 2021, 09:37:54 PM »
Entertaining game between Bristol and Bath tonight.

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Re: Domestic and European Rugby Union
« Reply #152 on: October 15, 2021, 08:46:49 PM »
Good game tonight between Sale and Quins, there's been a few mistakes that have stopped it being a classic but it's still great to watch.


Quirke is a great talent, he's the player the press have been trying to pretend Ben Youngs is for years, quick and strong around the fringes (Youngs does this bit well) and always looking for a gap but also gets the ball out quickly and accurately and sees runs early (all of this is what lets Yougns down and makes us so slow at recycling the ball).


I don't think I'd have him in the England squad for the Autumn though, give him a few more months and then bring him in for the 6N so some of the other inexperienced 9s can get some experience.

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« Reply #153 on: October 24, 2021, 10:33:12 AM »
Went to Sandy Park yesterday for the Chiefs Irish game, have to say Irish were very good, the opening 10 minutes of each half they blew Exeter away and did the simple things really well all game.

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« Reply #154 on: October 24, 2021, 02:57:10 PM »
Went to Sandy Park yesterday for the Chiefs Irish game, have to say Irish were very good, the opening 10 minutes of each half they blew Exeter away and did the simple things really well all game.

Irish have done exactly the right thing over the 2 years of no relegation and taken last and this as a free hit to bring through youth players, buuild out the squad and develop a play style. Given the difference is resources between them and most of the rest it's been very impressive.

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« Reply #155 on: December 04, 2021, 07:41:17 PM »
Nice to get one over Saracens today at Sandy Park.

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Re: Domestic and European Rugby Union
« Reply #156 on: December 05, 2021, 12:31:30 AM »
Good win for Worcester over Wasps today, building some momentum now.

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Re: Domestic and European Rugby Union
« Reply #157 on: December 05, 2021, 09:53:03 PM »
Nice to get one over Saracens today at Sandy Park.

Indeed.

I still think that it was wrong that Saracens were allowed back up after winning a shortened Championship season

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« Reply #158 on: December 06, 2021, 11:25:26 AM »
Nice to get one over Saracens today at Sandy Park.

Indeed.

I still think that it was wrong that Saracens were allowed back up after winning a shortened Championship season

Agreed, as funny as the massive points deduction and relegation was they've kept most othe same squad and come back as if it was a minor inconvenience. Given the issue stemmed from repeated breaches of the wage cap allowing thme to compete for the title for a number of years it'd have been nice for them to struggle for a few years.

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Re: Domestic and European Rugby Union
« Reply #159 on: December 06, 2021, 12:43:42 PM »
Lydney 8, Newent 3 on Saturday was just about as bad as the scoreline suggests.

Highlight was our goal line stand for the last four or so minutes
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Re: Domestic and European Rugby Union
« Reply #160 on: December 21, 2021, 01:30:16 PM »
Salary cap changes seem to be hitting Exeter hard

Jonny Hill leaving for Sale

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Re: Domestic and European Rugby Union
« Reply #161 on: January 09, 2022, 09:31:21 AM »
Leicester are being investigated into historical salary cap issues. Ironic if they get the same treatment as Saracens just as they’re getting good again.

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« Reply #162 on: January 09, 2022, 09:42:50 AM »
Leicester are being investigated into historical salary cap issues. Ironic if they get the same treatment as Saracens just as they’re getting good again.

Makes sense, they've had a very big squad at times until they massively stripped back about 3 years ago. At one point them and sarries both had 20+ full internationals on the books.

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Re: Domestic and European Rugby Union
« Reply #164 on: January 12, 2022, 05:20:59 PM »
I think there's a 'band' of clubs that are in real danger, specifically the ones that have traditionally run with 3 or 4 mens squads alongside colts, womens and various youth levels. Those clubs have seen numbers at 3s and 4s level drop massively in the last few years. That leads to a huge loss of income for the clubs and many of them have finances that relied on them being able to field so many teams.

On top of that there appears to be a big drop in the number of players that play every week with lots of players at the lower levels managing 1 game in 3 or 4 just t keep them involved. This means larger squads but less games and that can result in people drifting away.

All that said colts and youth level rugby is, in my experience, doing as well as it ever has and, crucially, the spread of players (in terms of wealth) is better than it ever has been but the limitations as they get older see a lot of players leaving the game in their late teens or early 20s, especially if they pick up a knock or 2 that impacts on their work.

 


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