Rugby thread 2016/2017
Ben Youngs has withdrawn from the Lions tour for personal reasons. Seems like a pretty crap time ahead for the family in the not too distant future.
In other news, punchy French player above has been banned for life.Posted 9 months agoStonerSubscriber
was just reading that, Tom.
It’s a v personal decision so his will be so much his own, but I cant help think I’d probably have made a different one. Coincidentally I was reading an article on mortality in the Economist over breakfast this morning and the choices one makes and the reasons for them as you approach the end of your life can be quite disparate.Posted 9 months ago
Best wishes to Ben and Tom Youngs. Decision made and best of luck to them both, hardest thing is making a decision, any decision is a good one. Not sure what people are thinking of trying to suggest it might nit be the right one or that they could gave any **** idea what decision they would make in this situation.Posted 9 months agomindmap3Member
I’m not sure there really was another option for Youngs in that situation was there?
Wasps actually put in a reasonable defensive performance yesterday and Le Roux actually looked like a good signing with no howlers! Beale was very good too I thought. Hopefully I’ll get to make the Tigers game in a few weeks.Posted 9 months agonamastebuzzMember
Anyone watching the likely ABs line-up? They’ve got quite a few injuries but can’t see them being too weak come the tests.
Dagg (knee), Read (broken thumb), Coles (concussion), Milner-Skudder (foot), Squire (thumb), Kaino (knee) and SBW (possible concussion).
Dagg and Read are likely to return and Kaino/M-S possibly so. Coles is a major doubt as he has delayed concussion symptoms that they haven’t been able to attribute to any particular game or incident.
Still, with the quality of backups they can employ and Beauden Barrett playing like this, I think they’ll cope:
FOUR tries from kick-passes!Posted 9 months ago
Whats Brown done?
I should have been picked waaaaaaahhh waaaah wwwaaaaaaahhh, I habent even been spoken to about why I wasnt waaaaaah waaaaaahh waaah.
Because you are a bell end who would throw his toys out of the pram if not given a test spot I suspect. Too quick to whine in front of a camera.Posted 9 months ago
Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner (Europe 2 v Oceania 3)
Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, repechage winner
Pool C: England, France, Argentina, Americas 1, Oceania 2
Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Oceania 1, Americas 2Posted 9 months agojambalayaSubscriber
Even as the most ardent England supporter even if Brown makes the tour he’s not going to start.
Another tough draw for England at RWC 2019. Yes on current form it’s France / Argentina who should be worried but a lot can change in 2 years. Definitely the hardest group. Soft draw for Scotland and there should be no real problems for Wales or Ireland either.Posted 9 months ago
Getting out of a “group of death” is one thing – I think it’s getting out with an intact squad that’s key. The three games between England, France and Argentina will be attritional – although I expect England to qualify easily from that one.
May well be Ireland to open with game against Japan. The green machine will need to win it, as according to TeeJ, Scotland are vastly superior and should qualify with four wins. 😉Posted 9 months agoloumMember
Great Irish draw for fans going over.
Playing the hosts will be the big event of the first round.
Makes this summer tour interesting too, although it prob means Joe will go into conservative “reveal nothing mode” rather than giving many new things the try.
Anyone know if it’s A v B, C v D next round (1st v 2nd places) or something different?
It’s always tough on the group opposite NZ ‘cos finishing top becomes so much more important to avoid them. But this time out that prize looks like a SA game.
If it is like above, then that’s the one blessing for the Eng/Wal side of the draw – 1st or second is just as good really.Posted 9 months agonamastebuzzMember
Whats Brown done?
It’s what Brown hasn’t done. HE’S NEVER PASSED THE EFFING BALL!
No pundits ever had him in any notional Lions squads yet he’s still moaning about not getting picked.
Far better players who were left out took it with more class. Haskell – “I tried hard but just wasn’t good enough.” Or Launchbury congratulating and encouraging those who were picked.
The sooner England dispense with him, the better.Posted 9 months ago
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