- 2013/14 Rugby Thread
Its not him as such its who he has sided with but then being Wales captain he was in a tough position. I thik AW signing for the ospreys was a two fingered salute to the blazers. Th rumour is that the wru were telling team wales players not to sign club contracts but wait for central contracts to increase the pressure on the clubs during the autumn games. Halfpenny going to Toulon is a big **** you to the wru too.Posted 4 years ago
Ireland’s 34-man squad to play Scotland and Wales: Forwards: Rory Best (Ulster), Robin Copeland (Cardiff Blues)*, Sean Cronin (Leinster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Chris Henry (Ulster), Mike McCarthy (Leinster), Jack McGrath (Leinster), Martin Moore (Leinster)*, Jordi Murphy (Leinster)*, Paul O’Connell (Munster), Tommy O’Donnell (Munster), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Rhys Ruddock (Leinster), Devin Toner (Leinster), Dan Tuohy (Ulster).
Backs: Darren Cave (Ulster), Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster), Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster), Robbie Henshaw (Connacht), Paddy Jackson (Ulster), Felix Jones (Munster), Rob Keaney (Leinster), David Kearney (Leinster), Ian Madigan (Leinster), Luke Marshall (Ulster), Fergus McFadden (Leinster), Conor Murray (Munster), Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro 92), Andrew Trimble (Ulster).
Disappointed that Zebo has been excluded other than that no big surprises. 18 from Leinster though?Posted 4 years ago
Unless something has happened in training, he has had as much game time, if not more, than McFadden recently. None of the wingers in the squad are exactly the quickest or most creative.
Gilroy has been in pretty poor form for Ulster recently so I can see why Trimble would be included over him.Posted 4 years agobrukSubscriber
For those Scots amongst us. And anyone else who wants to watch a wee bit of old style rugby.
I was there the French game. As a 10 year old boy I failed to see the winning try because I was sat in the stands with my dad and all these blokes jumped up an I was too short to see. Brilliant game though.Posted 4 years ago
Hovis on the bench, otherwise a strong looking side
WALES (v Italy): Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), George North (Northampton Saints); Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro);
Paul James (Bath), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Perpignan), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, capt), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Toby Faletau (NG Dragons).
Replacements: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Andrew Coombs (NG Dragons), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), James Hook (Perpignan), Liam Williams (Scarlets).Posted 4 years agoEl VinoSubscriber
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McGrath is a LH, Moore is Th but I think he will see a lot of game time. They will ship Ross off around the 45 min mark. Good point about Toner and the line out, I’d say you are right there.
Sorry I meant Martin Moore, great to see so many young Irish props given where we were 2 years agoPosted 4 years agoDanWMember
Samson Lee…. happiest when… “playin wid ma balls” 😀
Just watched the Saxons/ Wolfhounds highlights- Burns had a few shocking moments. I don’t know how he managed to pass the ball in to the linesman’s face rather than go over in the corner.
Also, what is the feeling in Ireland about Boss? Whenever I’ve seen him play in the Rabo he seemed to control games pretty well and often be the difference between two sides. Is the general feeling that he is talented but lacks the extra something to make his mark at full internationals?Posted 4 years ago
Not that anyone’s actual words that come out of the mouth would ever mean anything…but y’know, just in case…
The former Ireland captain’s focus is on Sunday’s opening Six Nations match against Scotland and, while he repeated his sense of disappointment over being dropped for the Lions’ third Test in Australia, he moved to play down the controversy that is set to reign next week.
No matter what, the media and public will revisit the issue of the New Zealander’s decision next week, but the protagonists are doing their best to dampen the hype.
“That’s why I’m here this week,” he smiled when asked about whether he can avoid the issue next week after the Wales coach did his part at the Six Nations launch last week by preaching calm.
“I don’t really pay that much attention. What happened happened, I don’t have any ill will towards Warren. It was raw at the time, but time heals wounds and I don’t have any animosity towards him.
“I just want to be involved in a team that can beat his team, but that’s next week. I can’t get into different team’s mentality, but they’ve Italy this week and I’m sure they’re focused on that.”
I think it’s some others who need to change their records.Posted 4 years agoijs445raMember
Scotland team to face Ireland:
Forwards: Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors) Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby) Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors) Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) Jim Hamilton (Montpellier) Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) Kelly Brown (Saracens, capt) David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby)
Backs: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors) Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) Duncan Taylor (Saracens) Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors) Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors) Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby)
Replacements: Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors) Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby) Geoff Cross (Edinburgh Rugby)Richie Gray (Castres) Johnnie Beattie (Montpellier) Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors) Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby)Max Evans (Castres).
Pretty happy with the selection i assume Scott/Hogg to cover 10. Would have liked to see Beattie starting instead of Denton and Scott to start if he had had more game time following injuryPosted 4 years ago
BOD could have used much less emotive language ie “the important thing is the Lions won a test series, which I’m grateful and pleased to have played a part” etc etc.
What was emotive about what he said? Do you think maybe he gets cheesed off with always being asked about it?Posted 4 years ago
Tbf Scamper, you’re just putting words into quotes out of context.
It seemed entirely reasonable to me, when I read the whole story and the questions he asked. Seems people just want him to say what they want to hear. About the most emotive thing he said was “I just want to be involved in a team which beats his” which when read out of context does seem a bit strong, but when read alongside the questions everyone keeps asking and in between what he said before and after, it’s just fine. He was left out of the last Lions test of his career…what should he say?Posted 4 years ago
DD, as you can imagine, I was largely fishing for a reaction by posting that! 🙂 The piece that stuck most for me was this, however;
I just want to be involved in a team which beats his
Not, note, a team which beats Wales, but making it a personal thing. OK, maybe I’m reading waaay too much in to that, and I probably am, but I’d just love to see him avoid it completely.Posted 4 years ago
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