Rugby World Cup - is your team playing?

Old Sep 28th, 2015, 08:43 AM
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annhig is from Coventry which is very close to Rugby - home of the game I believe - wonder if Rugby has a rugby team?>>

Pal - you are correct! [as are you, Northie].

my dad went to school in Rugby but not to THAT school. They do indeed had a Rugby Team, the Rugby Lions which plays in a league called "Midland 3 west south].

Coventry also has a team which historically contributed some great players to the England team, notably David Duckham who worked at the same branch of Barclays' Bank as my grandad, in the days when they were supposedly amateurs, though I'm not sure that he did much actual work for the bank. it presently plays in National League One, and sadly beat Redruth twice in the season that we were in that league too, which probably explains why we now play in the league below that.

no-one actually knows when or who first ran with the ball - certainly no-one at the time seems to have mentioned anything about young William Webb-Ellis doing anything remarkable, but somehow the myth grew.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 10:31 AM
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it's CRUNCH time for England tonight - they must win the match against the Aussies or go out of the competition.

your team or mine, Northie?
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 12:01 PM
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It's on !

Half time - Wallabies 17 - England 3
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 12:10 PM
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so far as we can tell, Margo, we lost it in the first 20 mins.

still, it's less nerve-racking than the match v Wales when we left it until the last 20 minutes to lose it.

Go JAPAN!
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 12:50 PM
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That's it then.

[we still won the Ashes though!]
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 01:00 PM
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Sorry Ann.

DH found out Dutch TV were covering the match. The commentary was painful, but not as bad as England's performance.

October 10th is a big day for me. At least my team is through win lose or draw. A win would be good though .
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 01:01 PM
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our new team's next match is v USA - "we" should qualify easily for the last 8.

I know it sounds like sour grapes, but how did the powers that be come up with a group stage that had the hosts in a group with Australian and Wales, when NZ get Argentina and some minnows?

Even Michael Lynagh is saying that the tournament is the poorer for the hosts being out.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 01:09 PM
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hi hets - which is YOUR team?

Margo - congrats to Australia - you deserved to win.

[said through gritted teeth!]
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 01:10 PM
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Annhig - I believe that when the original seeding was done, England were 5th and Wales, after a very bad run of games were 9th in the world rankings.

It does seem bizarre that South Africa will qualify, having beaten "Scotland B"
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 01:13 PM
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My team was playing, more or less, until a few minutes ago. England was roundly trounced by Australia. The Aussie looked great. Wales-Australia next Saturday, should be good.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 01:14 PM
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I think "hard groups" just fudges the issue - The Northern Hemisphere sides just aren't good enough. The super 12 (or 15, or however many it is these days) has taken Rugby on another level among the "Big Three"

England would have to have beaten SA, NZ or Aus at some stage - and on tonight's showing, that was always unlikely to happen.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 01:16 PM
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Ann, my mother was Welsh, so I tend to support Wales in most things, though I admit it is partially to annoy DH .

What with the rugby and the footie at the moment he is not very happy with me .
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 01:32 PM
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Congratulations to Wales for getting through the quarter-final, looks like Japan will get there too.

The All Blacks are still getting blasted by the media, and their supposed fans for their poor showing against Georgia. The coach has come out now and said you don't win medals for winning pool matches. They have been using these matches too try out different combinations and tactics. Hope his plan doesn't back-fire.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 01:50 PM
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Annhig - I believe that when the original seeding was done, England were 5th and Wales, after a very bad run of games were 9th in the world rankings.>>

willit - you may be right. if we'd drawn Scotland or Italy as the third team, we'd probably have been ok, but you're right, we'd have had to beat one of the big 3 eventually.

<<The All Blacks are still getting blasted by the media, and their supposed fans for their poor showing against Georgia. The coach has come out now and said you don't win medals for winning pool matches. They have been using these matches too try out different combinations and tactics. Hope his plan doesn't back-fire.>>

Nelsonian - this will presumably be Lancaster's excuse and it's not going to wash with us either.

Hets - congrats on getting through to the Q finals.

if England can't beat Wales or Australia we don't deserve to be there with you.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 03:50 PM
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Now.annhig that's pretty pathetic - we did win the ashes!!!! Hehe

Australia plays Wales next weekend . I really know very little about rugby either league or union . I will watch the match mostly fast forward!!
My game is Australian Rules football which I go to every week
And it was our grand final here in Melbourne yesterday - a beautiful day 31 - we even had a public holiday for it on the Friday - over 100,000 at match.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 05:22 PM
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Here I am in Canada - Vancouver and I know many people watching the Rugby World Cup. Just hard to find on our TV Cable. Wish the sponsors would advertise the games and viewing times

Yes I am a Kiwi but now Canadian as well. I have a friend who loves the thighs of the All Blacks! That has to be good for something. She is from the USA. LOL
She and I always chuckle about "those boys" and remind ourselves that we are slightly sexist in our admiration!

Japan showed the world that the underdog can win and gave a nice twist to the rugby world. Enjoying these posts. Fun to share from around the world which of course is what Annhig was trying to get going. Many thanks for that.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 10:44 PM
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I was surprised just how well the Wallabies played! They really were outstanding.

Wales next week. Texts running hot with Mucky! He was wearing his Aussie hat. He's now all fired up. He's worked out the loser will play South Africa; winner gets the easier draw!.

Almost sufficient revenge on the English for 22 November 2003!

But we still don't have the Ashes
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Old Oct 3rd, 2015, 11:52 PM
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Sorry England
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Don't count the Japanese chickens, Anne.Remember we beat them, and I think it likely we will beat Samoa.

I retired hurt last night (pounding headache and vomiting- you really wanted to know that, right?) so didn't see the English game. I'm sorry they're out. It really was the Pool of Death
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Old Oct 4th, 2015, 01:29 AM
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sorry to read that you are feeling "crook", Sheila - shame you missed the match -not [as my DD used to say]. No idea why Lancaster started with Farrell instead of George Ford in this match or the Wales one - England were a different team when he finally brought Ford on but it was too late. They say it's down to the players and of course to a certain extent it is, but you can't do much if you're sat on the bench.

<<Now.annhig that's pretty pathetic - we did win the ashes!!!! Hehe>>

northie, I bet I know which one matters most to your average Aussie as Margo aptly illustrates! Margo - though it pains me to say it you're right - the Aussies played very well, and out-thought England too, which is the most galling thing.

<<Japan showed the world that the underdog can win and gave a nice twist to the rugby world. Enjoying these posts. Fun to share from around the world which of course is what Annhig was trying to get going. Many thanks for that.>>

Thanks, ragout - as you say, that's exactly what I was trying to get going, and it looks as if I've succeeded to an extent, though there is a distinct lack of americans round here, with one or two honourable exceptions.

ah well - it's the hope that gets you - at least we're saved that now.
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