Rugby World Cup - is your team playing?

Old Oct 10th, 2015, 02:47 PM
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>>nothing on earth would get me to support the Aussies. [i suppose that if they were playing a team from Mars I might just manage it<<

sob!

Scotland coming up!

Mucky is very quiet!
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Old Oct 11th, 2015, 01:31 AM
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England might be 'out' but definitely not 'down'.

I think Jack Nowell and Danny Care are both terrific players, and should have been in the thick of it from the outset.
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Old Oct 11th, 2015, 01:35 AM
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>>nothing on earth would get me to support the Aussies. [i suppose that if they were playing a team from Mars I might just manage it<<

would YOU ever support us, Margo??

Scotland coming up!>>

I repeat - Scotland are toast.

England put up a reasonable show against Uruguay, coming out 53-3 winners, with Cornwall's current favourite son scoring 3 tries and contrary to predictions, there was a reasonable crowd who were singing "Swing Low" with apparent gusto.

Stuart Lancaster says that he is going to walk in the Lake District far away from any internet. Good plan!
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Old Oct 11th, 2015, 03:09 AM
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Fault lines in the secrecy around the England camp are beginning to appear:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rug...ong-coach.html

if it is true that Stuart Lancaster's choice of Luther Burrell was over-ruled by the other coaches, that is really no way to run a team. The likes of Eddie Jones and Warren Gatland would not accept anything other than full control and neither should an England coach.
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Old Oct 11th, 2015, 04:02 AM
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These things go in cycles. England will be back someday. We may not be here but ....
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Old Oct 11th, 2015, 06:23 AM
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cold, you are right. The most obvious case of this is cricket. 20 years ago, the West Indies were pre-eminent, their fast bowlers of which they appeared to have an infinite supply blowing away the opposition.

Then the Aussies became top dogs, and looked [and were] invincible.

Then England took over, wobbled a bit over the last couple of years, but now seem to be on the way back up.

We may not be here but ....>>

I hope that I am!

[none of us may live long enough to see Canada lift the RWC!]
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Old Oct 11th, 2015, 09:49 AM
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great match between Ireland v France - brilliant play from the Irish.

France get the All blacks in the QF.
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Old Oct 11th, 2015, 10:34 AM
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I'm 6'3", 187 stones or whatever that system is, and tough as nails. According to me. Not counting crying during movies.

But I'm watching these matches with both eyes 3/4 closed. The collisions are brutal. They need a rule - no more weightlifting and all meals must be beer and pizza.
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Old Oct 11th, 2015, 11:04 AM
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cold - it's worse when you are watching it live from the touchline and it's only inches away from you.

Even some of hits that go in at the level of our local team are brutal; the end of the ground nearest the bar isn't called "Hell fire corner" for nothing.

[mind you the other corner is called "Piggy Lane corner" so I don't know what they tells you!]
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Old Oct 11th, 2015, 12:32 PM
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despite the brute force and aggression the discipline of the players is remarkable - there are many rules about when you can and when you can't play the ball - sometimes handbags are swung but comparatively rarely

and the ref's word is final
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Old Oct 11th, 2015, 01:26 PM
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quite right, sofarsogood - if only the same could be said about football [the sort played by everyone but the USA]. perhaps if arguing with the ref led to moving the free-kick another 10 metres forward they would argue a lot less frequently.

personally I like a spot of handbags - it shows they care - but not sneaky violence like gouging in the scrum. That we can do without.
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Old Oct 11th, 2015, 02:02 PM
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I am happy with today's game. I got to watch last week in Paris. It is sucky that we don't have it unless you go to an Irish pub.
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Old Oct 11th, 2015, 04:39 PM
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Had the misfortune to watch the England v Australia game in Sydney. Boy do Aussies know how to take the ****!

Now reverting to my Irish heritage..
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colduphere -if you weigh that much in stones you have created a world record. 14 pounds in a stone!!!
Michael Checka and his boys are the talk of the town. Nothing like winning to follow a sport is there? people like me who have never heard of defensive games and games without trys (assume that's the plural) are using the language . Funny.
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Old Oct 12th, 2015, 12:47 AM
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Had the misfortune to watch the England v Australia game in Sydney. Boy do Aussies know how to take the ****!>>

you should have been there during the last Ashes series down under - or rather you were lucky not to be. talk about walking around with our tails between our legs.
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Old Oct 13th, 2015, 10:45 PM
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a few Scots out of their team for the match with Australia . Will that help?
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Old Oct 14th, 2015, 05:28 AM
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a few Scots out of their team for the match with Australia . Will that help?>>

will it help who?

Scots unlucky to get two of their chaps banned, but the Aussie player on a citing escaped with a rap on the knuckles.

The adjudicator was an aussie - it's all a plot!!!
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A plot - come on annhig!! Good for the Wallabies !! Maybe !!
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Go Ireland and the all Blacks. Would so love to see those games. Is Sexton still out?
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Old Oct 16th, 2015, 08:39 AM
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pleased to day that he's playing, flpab.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/34552288

OTOH, Paul O'Connell's international career is very sadly over.

Meanwhile the French are saying that they are in disarray and need to revolt. Against whom is not altogether clear.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/34545795
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