- Rugby Thread 2018/19
I am convinced Wales will beat Ireland, they have been clinical throughout. They never looked worried against us and I think Gatland is a master tactician.Posted 3 months ago
I also would not be surprised to see Scotland make life very hard for England.
As usual the 6N makes for a great competition I am glad there are still permutations at this stage.
The problem is the Wales game will fix it too early in the day. They will win and the rest of the competition becomes boring then. I’d rather it was last.
This was my prediction before, when you all said England had no chance of beating Ireland…
That and Scotland performance have been my only correct calls.
Ireland 4 wins. Lose to England by 1 -3 points so Ire get losers BP
Wales 4 wins. Lose to Ireland.
France 3 wins. Lose to Ireland and Wales Try BP against Italy and Scotland
England 3 or 2 wins. Lose to Wales and France, may lose to Scotland, but it will be super close and embarrassing for England.
Scotland 0 or 1 or 2. May win against Italy, may beat England.
Italy 0 or 1 wins. May beat Scotland but losers BP to England who struggle to prove they can even beat Italy who will look soooooo close.
Posted 3 months agoIdleJonSubscriber
Wales have never lost a GS decider played in Cardiff! (Like they’ve never lost to England in a year ending in 9, and Adam Beard has never lost in a Welsh shirt, this means the game is already won. 😂 )
Apologies to all Scots. I said up there ^ that they have not beaten England for over a decade. I obviously blanked out a game for some reason. ☺️Posted 3 months agomindmap3Member
Robson is out of Saturday’S game due to illness with Ben Spencer being called up as a replacement.
Robson can’t seem to catch a break on the international stage. It’s worrying that our back up scrum halves are pretty short on experience given that Care has proved many times that he’s not a starting mine and is best suited to being a sub.Posted 3 months ago
It’s an arbitrary copy of other nations’ rules but if there is money for decent central contracts then it makes sense to keep it. If you are expecting players to stay in Wales but paying them peanuts then it is a little one sided. That said, those players who have gone abroad in recent years have been a shadow of their former selves and only really started to get back in to form having come back so I can absolutely see the need for control over game time to build form and ensure they aren’t just bench warmers, but also not over use the poor guys. There’s no easy answer and it does seem to be that as a Welsh player you can either have money or be really looked after and hit form but it is tough to do both.
It probably wouldn’t hurt to have Webb as an option but he hasn’t been on fire. It also doesn’t help that he seems to be keen to tell anyone who will listen that he is easily the best Welsh 9 and would stroll in to the team. I can’t see Gatland being enamored with that attitude, nor the circumstances with his move to ToulonPosted 3 months ago
When you look at pairings too, Webb and Biggar are a pretty similar match with more of a controlled game with a bit of snipe, which is a bit of a backward step for Wales and probably isn’t best suited to Japan, at least not as starters. Williams/ Anscombe and A Davies/ Patchell are the direction the team would probably want to go in but while the first was working the second has so little form and game time. It is a real shame IMO that Patchell hasn’t has the run Anscombe has but that is just the nature of injuries and I guess he is now more likely to be cover at 15 if anything now. I’ve said it before but I really believe he could be a 2011-esque Priestland who really got Wales moving and was key to their success. I guess the outcome of those musing is Williams/ Anscombe as starters with Webb/ Biggar on the bench is probably the ideal???Posted 3 months agoIdleJonSubscriber
Should Wales scrap the 60 cap rule?
The WRU are pressing for a north Wales region, which is a four hour drive from Cardiff. Meanwhile if a player signs for Bristol, Bath or a London club they won’t play for Wales, despite all of those clubs being easier to get to than bloody Colwyn Bay! It can’t be much longer to get to Toulon from Cardiff by plane?Posted 3 months ago
The WRU are pressing for a north Wales region, which is a four hour drive from Cardiff. Meanwhile if a player signs for Bristol, Bath or a London club they won’t play for Wales, despite all of those clubs being easier to get to than bloody Colwyn Bay!
Think you have missed the point, the two arent related and its nowt to do with distance.Posted 3 months ago
Whole environment seems to be a total joke.
Therin lies the problem of a player moving to a club outside Wales- no control of how game time/ workload/ injuries/ etc are managed not to mention being called back to the club in certain weeks where the rest of the Welsh squad would stay togetherPosted 3 months ago
Ooh I’d heard rumour of it happening. To be fair as long as he stays vaguely fit (huge ask I know) he could always cash in over in France in another couple of years. RWC and Lions 2021 will both be huge targets for him. Given his history I just can’t see him making it to the 2023 RWC even though he still won’t be that old!Posted 3 months agoCaptainFlashheartMember
Posted 3 months ago
TEAM NEWS 🏴 Unbeaten Wales name unchanged squad for final 2019 #GuinnessSixNations encounter against @IrishRugby on Saturday. Dim newid i'r garfan am y 50fed gêm Chwe Gwlad Warren Gatland fel prif hyfforddwr Cymru.#HWFN #ForTheJersey pic.twitter.com/hB5pdUlrP9
— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) March 14, 2019tinybitsMember
At the moment, Nowell is the better player. Not as exciting, but all round, better.
Worrying lack of depth at scrum half for England as well, but at least we’ve now got centres!
I fancy Wales for the Grand Slam, England for the win at Twickers, but would have gone for Scotland in Murryfield.Posted 3 months ago
I wonder what plays Ireland have dreamt up for the weekend? I hope they don’t take inspiration from this 😀Posted 3 months ago
Posted 3 months ago
Ireland (v Wales)
15. Rob Kearney
14. Keith Earls
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Bundee Aki
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray
1. Cian Healy
2. Rory Best (captain)
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Tadhg Beirne
5. James Ryan
6. Peter O’Mahony
7. Sean O’Brien
8. CJ Stander
16. Niall Scannell
17. Dave Kilcoyne
18. Andrew Porter
19. Quinn Roux
20. Jack Conan
21. Kieran Marmion
22. Jack Carty
23. Jordan Larmour
Confirmed Beirne in, Henderson injured.
Right game for it with his background.
And Joe’s still spreading the Caps around ahead of Japan. Building nicely.
Slam chasing Wales still strong favourites at home on their winning streak, but that team should give them a good game with the pressure off.
😉Posted 3 months ago
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