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England team announced. Tait is centre. hmm.
Be interesting to see what Dan Cole does when/if he comes on
Maybe we won't come last!
which basically means they have no one. If they don't come last I'll be amazed.
Sergio is my favourite non-Irish player to watch. His skill level is outrageous
then again i'm pretty clueless when it comes down to it
for the 6nations
he's got buckets of talent and he's been around the squad for ages. he deserves this 6 nations run to see if he can do something.
so glad to see armitage back at full back. less convinced about keeping cueto on the wing - surely his time has past now?
i can't wait!
as per usual i'm English, but with a love for Wales, so if England are going to play rubbish Rugby, my only hope is that Wales destroy us, and get a grand slam, which won't happen, but still...
All the ones in London have closed down
where else will i spend a friday evening avoiding chavy trollops dacing to the latest rhianna offering whilst stood on my own in front of a TV showing the springtime WIndies tours?!
I had heard they were in trouble, but I'd been hearing that for years.
And been completely stripped
seems to be going strong. It had all sorts going on for australia day the other day. But then, we have loads of Aussies and Saffers 'round 'ere, so they keep the fosters running i guess.
I LOVE the 6 Nations
GUINNESS! People caring about rugby! It's so tense and adversarial.
I'm going to Dublin - got tickets to see Ireland Italy open the tournament. I'm going for a labouring win, well worth the 80 euros the ticket cost
is rivalled only by Scotland. I never pay for tickets involving either team, although I do have a soft spot for Scotland. I'd just never part with cash to watch them live.
but Christ they aren't easy on the eye. Same as their football team.
I always thought Germany would make a good rugby country.
they're just so funny!
i'd rather keep germany out of it, to be honest.
The germanic temperament, coupled with the collosal bavarian stature of some of them (namely the bavarians) would be perfect for rugby. Aside from football though, what do they play?
Ireland Scotland 12-9. Wow.
Also with a few changes and returns from injury, this looks like a pretty good line-up for England. Good to not see the likes of Banahan and Hipkiss in there.
is going to scotland to watch the wales vs scotland game. I work in south wales. rugby fans are mental.
Apart from the Calcutta Cup game, Murrayfield never sells out.
So for fans it's often the easiest game to get tickets for.
I mean I only just squeaked Ireland Italy tickets and the cheapest ones were 80 euros! People love the 6 Nations
Probably going to host what appears to be the people I know from Swansea's favourite game, "RUN AT ME"
i bloody love it - especially super saturday. oh what a day.
Please please please England don't play like dogshite again. Also FAO Ugo, I hope you've been practising your catching mate.
He was wearing a bomber jacket
so hopefully he won't have to deal with many of those.
i was forgetting he was filling in for that postion during the autumn internationals.
probably not, lets hope at least that the GS dream isn't derailed at the first hurdle at Twattingham on saturday.
and I think it boils down the quality of the punditry. I love it. I want jonathan davies to be my uncle or something.
I remember watching a Wales Aus game in like 2006 and in the opening 5 minutes Aus were overrunning Wales, had them pinned in their 22, line breaks all over the place
"This is great Welsh defence"
My favourite Jonathan Davies commentary is "OVERLAP!"
I always associate his voice with gladiators.
He's just a cunt
when he described Steve Thompson's performance against Ireland in 2005 as "like a beast grazing in a field"
I couldn't help but put on my best Welsh action while reading that there and then it kinda came out loud in the office "OVERLAP!"
Accent of course
football coverage look like the rantings of a couple of mentals (which it probably is)
Gotta go wide!
the only man who pronounces brilliant as 'blilliant'
Ireland Italy - A home win, and the first step to the consecutive Grand Slam
England Wales - I can't call this either way. Wales' pack is better, England have a tasty backline, but Wales have Jamie Roberts. Wales will suffer for losing Byrne and Phillips (best European 9 by far) though. No idea.
Scotland France - Scotland have a pretty good recent record against France at Murrayfield, but let's face it they're gash, and for the sake of rugby itself France should win
True facts: Me and my mates met Adam Jones at 4am in Swansea
Adam Jones: "You boys going to Neath? I need a cab!"
My mate: "KIP ROUND MINE! We'd love to have a Grand Slam winner in the house!"
Sadly he didn't take us up on our offer
good story, too.
in Cardiff all the time. Literally everyone knows someone who plays or has played for Wales. I've lost count of the amount of times my wife has said, "is that Ian Gough, I know his mum I do"
Yes I know darling. I KNOW.
working-class repression...fights, brains bitter...now I'm in London most of my friends don't give a flying fuck about the rugby which upsets me.
'...And Jones....passes it to Jones, and look! Jones he's running the speed of light and passes it to Jones...'
You get me.
Only because he was all pathetic and heartbroken
At 4am on Wind Street in Swansea getting told to "Fuck off" by Gavin Henson.
Coupled with 5 minutes later my Aussie mate shouting at James Hook "STEPHEN LARKHAM SHITS ALL OVER YOU IS IT!"
The pubs are going to be ruined for weeks.
i think you do.
I went to a rugby match once - Scotland vs South Africa at Murrayfield.
Single most boring sporting "event" of my life, that.
with my english friends (i am welsh).
The more the merrier.
Wales will win.
if anyone's looking for a place to watch the match then i whole heartedly recommend it. i'll be there most of the afternoon with a fairly random group so if any dissers fancy it you'd more than welcome.
he's a bit of a machine. And it's always good to see Moody in the squad because he's completely off his rocker.
6 Nations AND the Super Bowl in one weekend, consider me excited.
Wales by 6
good news for my fantasy squad.
just talking about rugby and mike ruddock and stuff.
how gay is he?????? it's amazing. At one point i thought i'd switched over to little britain
he came out (even though we all knew he was) has he started wearing bumless chaps or something ?
you are going down. Down like Chinatown.
I have to predict the weekend scores for all 3 games by tomorrow for the office 6 nations game thing.
I can never make my mind with this sort of thing.
hows does this sound:
26 - 12 Ireland
23 - 15 Wales
22 - 13 France
They've dropped their only kicker, their 10 is a clapped out ex Aussie league player.
I hope I'm not cursing myself as I'm going to the game but if Ireland's back row can front and stop them slopping all over the ball, it's going to be a bloodbath
aweome news. better adjust my fantasy team though.
England to win now
england have sunk to over the years though, worrying about who the opposition may select and how it affects their chance of winning !
but paul james and adam jones are both ospreys so hopefully they'll work well together.
i wasn't revelling in the guys injury, just engaging in a little harmless banter ; )
as to englands shitness, we scored more tries than you last 6 nations and we're going to do it again this year...
i suck at banter.
At least they may as well have not had players on the field.
but we scored more tries than wales in the head to head game too. face it, england play the moost interesting rugby in the 6 nations.
between them and Italy in the dullness stakes !
Don't lose by more than 7
You actually could've slammed if it wasn't for the fact that you play with a defensive outlook and your players seem lost after the third phase "But we've run all our set moves, what do we do now?"
and a dynamite fullback + another one on the bench. the interesting thing will be to see what johnny does. if he plays quick and flat like he has done in france for toulon then we could be dangerous. if he keeps standing deep and forcing the centre's into contact then it's going to business as usual. i just hope his kicking has tightened up since the autumn.
Might go and check one out, seeing as I have an unlimited pass and all. They'll probably still charge a quid or so for the glasses though, right?
RE: Walkabout. Plenty of them are still going strong. I was in the Covent Garden one on Saturday and the one in Shepherd's Bush is seemingly permanently open. They're advertising coverage of the World Cup so I'm guessing closing isn't on their immediate agenda.
Jenkins is another injury 'blow'(as they always insist on calling it)for the welsh front row. As an England fan that makes me smile, but it is a bit gutting for Wales and the potential for english scrum destroying.
Also Martyn Williams has voiced concerns over some new rule interpretation where the tackler has to allow time for the tackled player to release the ball. When did this come up? Sounds worrying to me, surely the instinct on the part of the tackler is to immediately start trying to pinch the ball? Are we going to see lots and lots of penalties being given away by defensive teams?
So many questions.
cue another 10-9 victory for wales and an unbearable life for me for the next 3 months
Flood in as replacement. thoughts?
Roberts running at Flood and Tait?
but it's still definitely a blow. better flood than geraghty though.
gonna be really close tomorrow.
Shit, JPR is on the news, gotta go and kneel in front of the TV and hail him.
His defence was superb in the Autumn, only thing that kept England vaguely in any of the matches. Cannot wait..even if England lose. I love 6 nations.
Italy look all grind but Ireland are going to pick them off
might have to revise my prediction
ginger italian just tried to spear him, rightly carded.
this is embarrasing
ref isnt helping. Now all I'm worried about is who will be the co-commentator on the Eng vs Wales game. I will give anything for it NOT to be Jonathan Davies
they were talking to the commentary pair earlier
maybe i'll go for the 5live commentary. I cant stand the biased little arse!
both teams kicking it tamely back and forth is the problem.
despite an overall dissappointing performance from the irish.
the most horse-like man this millenium?
I think it's Alun-Wyn Jones, if you're gonna hyphenate anywhere. He's in my fantasy squad, but I can't say I mind the loss of 1 point...
i dont think he'll be doing another needless trip on an opposition forward sometime soon...10mins, two tries to engerland.
Interest waned when I stopped playing and left home. Used to watch it with my dad.
Anyone update me on the status of the scotland team? Last time I followed it, Cusiter was looking exciting, Patterson was trundling along as always, consistent but uninspring, the Lamont brothers were both brilliant. Always had a soft spot for Nathan Hines after he forged Gregor Townsend's signature on my ticket stub after a 6 nations match quite a few years back, but he's a bit of a lump on the field most of the time.
Anyone more informed than me?
Don't expect to see him in your first coupla matches though, cos he doesn't play on Sundays.
Ronan O'Sexy got my vote though
other than that though it was fairly depressing.
quite literally with the intercept try (great behind-the-back pass by Tait tho). But mainly, Wyn Jones' trip...deary me. Shaun Edwards has probably already eaten him alive and shat him out.
Excited to see if the Scots can match up to le french tomorrow.
and i know that they can do so much better :'''(
shouldn't have let it go between 45-70 minutes, but well done, great play.
Disappointed with Hook who I thought could have performed better with his kicks, but great play.
Tait was a sensation and performed as well as i expected. Wales did do well with only a 7 man scrum at times. Very close game which the score didn't reflect entirely, but England DID deserve to win,
It was a bruising encounter, almost attritional. Could have swung either way. I'm happy with the win, but good to see two good teams going at it, even if the scrum was a nonsense.
please say yes
They could do anything...one assumes a french win, but they are just a random team who have beaten NZ (in NZ)...so it could be messy. If the game opens up...France by a lot.
in the not finishing last stakes, but seeing Wales lose today is worrying because they're obviously so much better than that and will want to stomp all over us 'easy' teams when they get the chance. Ireland too, only they won and they've got stomping boots still ready to wear.
England were a lot better than I thought they'd be, but beating them isn't something I pin my hopes on very often these days.
but tomorrow's match will be the most interesting for me. Obviously France are massive favourites, but for my money it's your best chance of beating a non-Italian side.
but i'll happily take a victory over the welsh. really suprised by the poor welsh line-outs and Hook's kicking. We hardly bossed it but Alun Wyn Jones' sin binning made a big difference.
Really hope Scotland give France a good game tomorrow. Reckon there is a good chance.
On the strength of today not sure about the chances of any team getting the grand slam, although after tomorrows match i'll have a better idea. Chances of England getting the triple crown?
good to see we're not rolling over - a few unforced errors not withstanding
most headline ready name in sport?
and we were lucky to escape being really punished a couple of times
You'd better hope Jenkins & Rees are still out next week, or you'll get smashed again. After that, you'll have Murray back.
Unlucky not to score a few tries though - some great attacking lines when you actually had the ball, French defence just too good.
myself up. English wife, not to happy.
It's in French! I don't understand it!
I overheard 2 girls discussing Chabal. It still makes me laugh now.
Girl 1: Oh my God! Look at 'im! He looks like Jesus!
Girl 2: I know! He's lush isn't he?
Wales, England, and Ireland should all pick up wins I guess.
Hopefully Wales will be looking to prove a point after last week's shambles. Nice to have Halfpenny back in from the start to help out with the kicking.
Wazza 'Great Gatsby' Gatland isn't happy that Scotland want the roof open whatever the weather (apparently we're forecast sleet...)
You do realise Ireland have won ONCE in Paris in THIRTY EIGHT YEARS?
And the name that will haunt my dreams forever is playing - VINCENT CLERC
Thought Ireland looked pretty solid for the first half last week, and you know if things had started to go against them in the 2nd half then they'd have come alive again.
As for Wales, who knows. Our quality should stand out but after lasts week show of ineptitude anything could happen.
Wasn't the best game, but it was over at half time, just closed it out with an eye on France. Would've been better if Kearney could've been bothered.
I also got to give John Hayes a standing ovation.
This weekend and it's the big one. Ireland France. Whilst I didn't think there'd be a slam I think the winner of this might just have the imputus to go on and do it.
I can't see us winning with our awful record in Paris. From the last two games there, it will help immensely if we don't give France a 30 point headstart. If we can keep ourselves in it with 10 to go, the crowd will get on the French backs, and I think we've got the nous to do it. If Ferris starts we have a very good chance.
But yeah, France by 3 I think. Either way, in recent times, this fixture has contrived to be a classic
I didn't see any of the games last week because I was in Portugal. France and Ireland tend to play an open game without sparing a bit of the biff when necessary. Perfect.
We stand a chance with him on the field
It made me laugh, out loud indeed. You should try it, over here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2010/feb/12/six-nations-france-mathieu-bastareaud
"So far the only thing that has successfully brought the 21-year-old from Créteil down is a New Zealand hotel table, but even Martin Johnson will surely balk at picking anything as inanimate as that."
luckily the boss isn't in. 'Stonehenge lookalike competition' lovely stuff
While England teams have tended in recent times to concentrate on the three aitches of hugeness, hits and ham-fistedness, the French approach to the game has always been more subtle and intellectual, usually relying on the ability of their players to gradually wear opponents down by repeated declarations of the superiority of their own lifestyle over that of all other nations. This has proved particularly effective in the intimate confines of the scrum where after 65 minutes of listening to the whispering about the TGV, Périgord truffles and the scent of Catherine Deneuve's hair even hard men like Brian Moore have lost the will to fight.
Stopping Bastareaud will be the key to beating the French, but how to go about it? The Scots showed that brute force is useless. Shouting, clapping and whistling whenever he gets the ball in the hope that the loud noise will confuse him, causing him to run in the wrong direction, is one possibility; employing a cunning defensive cover of maths questions and tickling another. So far the only thing that has successfully brought the 21-year-old from Créteil down is a New Zealand hotel table, but even Martin Johnson will surely balk at picking anything as inanimate as that.
In the end the best hope for the home nations is surely to put their trust in the maverick France coach, Marc Lièvremont. Lièvremont wears polo-neck sweaters and glasses and generally looks like one of those spiffy French philosophers who spend their time arguing persuasively that they don't exist, while running around bedding film stars. Last week he told this newspaper that in the Six Nations, "Our biggest rival is the France team itself". The France coach was surely being unduly modest, since he seems more capable of derailing his side than even his players are. He is a contrarian by nature. If enough people express the view that France's best weapon is the mighty centre Bastareaud, then Lièvremont will, in all likelihood, drop him immediately. Well, I've done my bit.
"(or, as BBC pundit Raphaël Ibanez prefers to think of it, the three apostrophes)"
coming over here, dropping our letters
I forgot to put it back in when I decided it was too good to just pick out that sentence
compared to say, cricket, where playing conditions can be completely alien, and football, where home fans are arguably far more hostile and aggressive than rugby crowds?
and I've wondered it myself. Especially with regards to cricket.
I think despite football having more raucous crowds, the nature of the game means that a single moment can suddenly swing the game, whereas rugby by and large is a game that involves build up of pressure, of which the crowd is one part, and nearly always rewards the better team - it's much harder for a team that's being ground up in rugby to somehow score more points than their opponents, whereas in football you can. The only equivalent really is breakaway intercept tries going against the run of play.
I mean, at the first game at Croke Park, ROG had a hard time witgh his kicking because the sight lines were different to Landsdowne.
But then Munster travel all over Europe trampling teams!
The answer is I really don't know
I have never experience anything quite like the atmosphere at international rugby matches. 80k people creating a total wall of noise, hairs standing on end. Who'd want to lose in front of that?
I went to Wales Aus at the Millenium a few years ago and I had goosebumps during Land of my Fathers And at Ireland France in the rugby world cup in 07, it was crazy, actually deafening. Well, until the game ended as a contest about 25 minutes in
I was in the crowd for the NZ v France quarterfinal in 2007 and...sorry, I just got a bit emotional...and NZ were down by 3 with 15 mins left, but I turned to the guy next to me and said 'this game is over'.
It's hard to explain why, but you could just tell by the crowd - the chanting for France was deafening, particularly when compared to the silence in the first 20 mins when NZ went up by double digits early on.
Right... ok then.
It's what happens when you get to be a winning rugby side. Follow NZ for any length of time and you'll have come to believe they're monkey raping ref hypnotising ogres, which is a half truth. Nobody calls you cheaters when you're losing, because nobody gives a shit if they're going to pummel you anyway. Take it as a peculiar compliment
Plus it's weird in rugby, there's cheating, which is bending the rules, seeing what you can get away with with the ref. It's a bit like being a lawyer, looking for loopholes.
Then there's CHEATING, gouging, feigning injury etc
I remember Austin Healey complimenting NZ on their cheating and saying "It sounds like I'm being insulting, but it's actually the highest compliment I can pay"
The best compliment Ireland (and Wales to a certain extent) have in the past few years is that people don't go for them as the plucky underdog anymore
We're masters at it
"SIR SIR SIR AM I ONSIDE?!"
"Oh er yes"
The thing is our back row is masterful at staying on their feet in the tackle and competing for the ball. You win the breakdown, you'll generally win the game.
But yeah, ha "we're efficient", yeah like in the way we "efficiently" raped you at Croker last year son?
i'd suggest it's a clever bit of psychology to try and influence the ref for saturdays game. People like Ferguson and Wenger do it all the time, except wenger is rubbish at it because he is french.
The current Ireland team perhaps less so. I wouldn't call it outright cheating though. Perhaps playing the game two inches the wrong side of the law, and doing it somewhat cynically and repeatedly. I think perhaps it's on it's way out, now that Ireland have what amounts to a seriously good team and as someone said, cannot play the underdog anymore. All teams break the laws, it's part of the game, coaches teach it. Parra is probably planting the seed in the refs mind, hoping he'll keep an eye on possible infringements.
Hello international rugby - I'm going to be your best 3/4 for the next decade
Although I suppose that's not really the point...
The others were team tries - that was a moment of pure individual genius
wales playing terribly. really erratic. can't believe they didn't score from an otherwise awesome interception.
scotland are tearing chunks off of wales now. going to be an interesting game.
I really want Scotland to win, but I didn't put many in my team! hah!
I only want scotland to win, because I was born there (don't consider myself a scot though)
euan murray's my only scot but i still want them to win. wales have increased the pressure considerably but still can't finish. looks like only shane or lee byrne actually want the ball.. weird.
scotland should have had players in the bin. killing the ball, bringing the scrum down. cheating scottish fucks.
what a fuckwit. however... we should've had some yellow cards before mind
what an end to the match
byrne and williams carrying wales there, the rest of them looked aimless. feel bad for scotland. must be rueing that forward pass.
the second card was probably a bin (no replay yet), but it was a forward pass before that. But the game was over, making them play on was stupid. Scotland must be gutted, Wales deserved a draw, but nothing more than that.
then realised Wales won, what the hell? Also, is the Welsh team still made up of almost the entire Ospreys team?
Feel sorry for Scotland, they played well enough to win, but that was a bloody foolish way to lose a game.
No excuse for that at all. Good game. Amazing French tackling, Ireland not at the races.
hope he can recover and play again.
Gutted for scotland a little bit, which is odd, but not kicking the last restart straight out of play was a fatal error.
think it would have been a penalty to wales, admittedly on the half-way line, but still. Still think the ref cost scotland the match by lacking any kind of control over the scrum situation and missing the forward pass. But thats what refs are for I suppose. I thought Barnes was quite good in the france vs ireland game
he kept them in the game in the second half by waiting until the 70th minute to send a player off for killing the ball. which scotland did all game.
wales didn't play well at all, the back row was crap and cooper should never be allowed to put on a welsh jersey again after his last 2 performances...
I think missing the forward pass was criminal and he had no control over the scrum at all. Both scrums up to no good and there seemed to be no consistency.
england looking directionless. no idea what their gameplan is.
passing flat and two missed kicks
infuriating seeing so much aimless kicking when monye/flutey/cueto/armitage/tait all have it in them to run this lot ragged
is that it's a coaches instruction that no one's daring to ignore. we have a team born to run and instead we're kicking to a team who will happily wind the clock down from the first quarter.it's not going to achieve anything.
on another note, guscott's really put on weight...
this is the first time all these backs have played together. if the same guys are lining up this time next year it could be a lot more interesting.
mullan on now. that's an exciting young front row for england.
italy with 14 men still getting the bulk of possession
i saw moody going off there and england getting utterly shafted. 10 minutes of tension to come i fear.
christ this is poor. england deserve to lose this just for sheer incompetance. squandering superior skills like i've never seen.
what price experience!
and really the rest of backs weren't giving him a reason to trust them. messy stuff. i'm still hopeful for the future but it's still a logn way from arriving.
"we've had an email from dave, and he says..."
that andy powell story is hilarious.
They play a very disruptive game and put teams off their game, see Ireland last week. England didn't get any continuity. All this Wilkinson bashing is grossly unfair. Would Flood/cipriani/geraghty be making critical tackles, clearing rucks etc which he did! A win's a win, why keep harping on about a running game when the points are on the board.
He's there to control the midfield
So Jonny can tackle, bit whoop. He can't marshall his back line, which is the bread and butter of a 10
i feel for him because the rest of the backline bar cueto aren't that experienced at international level (despite tait having been around the last five years) and haven't played together much at all which makes it hard for him to trust them, but if a player with his experience can't even begin to get them working together then we'd do better to have a younger fly half in there learning alongside them.
johnny will make an excellent defensive sub for a good few years to come, playing either at 10 or 12, but we need to pick an attacking fly half who can hopefully be interchangeable with johnny by the next world cup. johnson should pick the prospect he most fancies from the young crop and see how far he can bring him on in the 19 months we have till the next world cup. give johnny the task of mentoring him. it could end up being yhe making of both players.
Stephen Jones isn't half as talented as Wilkinson - watching him attempt to hit the gas is painful.
But Jones does not stop yapping at not just his back line, whoever is standing in the backline. He'll be pointing in all directions - a prop there, swap, tak it in and reset. etc
Wilkinson stands there mute most of the time. A centre needs direction from the 10, I'm going to do this, Let's do this. Wilkinson currently isn't providing that thought leadership, meaning the midfield aren't getting on the front foot.
But if the opposition back-row are running in your channel all day (which they did), hard not to get involved is it? Which I think is a plus-point, equal to say 'being able to use a grubber kick'
He's not the complete fly-half by any means, but is there a real alternative? England would quite easily have lost on Sunday with any other english stand-off playing, Defence is key, as are points on the board and flexibility. All well and good being mercurial, but if Bergamasco and Zanni are running over you and only have Delon Armitage to beat, not a lot of good is it?
An ordinary performance being very heavily overly-criticised. Yes they were poor (ish), but England always are against Italy, I seem to remember england scored 5 tries against them (even with Andy Goode) and it wasn't good enough for some.
that a lot of people will have felt that england sat back and let the italians play as aggressively as they did. we only needed to defend because we kept kicking the ball to them - that's where we lost the territory, gave them ball in hand and invited them to run at our fly half. if we'd held the ball, put it through phases, and stretched the defence, then we'd have scored more points, taken more chances and eventually buried the italians. that's how an attacking fly half defends his scoreline - by not giving his opponents the ball.
the question to my mind is which of the english fly halves we bring in to work with johnny...
i don't think the answer is toby flood.
but not johnny's fault, Care , monye and armitage kicked away just as much possession. When cipriani was in the reckoning I think he and wilkinson played 20 impressive minutes with cip at fly and wilko at 12. then where'd you put flutey? all good options, but none will work if all backs are as you say kicking it back to other team. Mind you, was wilkos points that one the game. don;t think there is a clear answer until 6nations has finished.
Wales comeback aside
They just need (and have done for some time) a proper fly half - even a really average one to marshall their backline. Too often they just ship it statically down the line - must of their line breaks and runs are made by their back row
france looked immense.
And Ireland fell apart. A bad combination
but at the same time you've gotta hand it to france. i wonder if they will keep the same 15. probably not. probably get shit on by wales or something.
First 20 minutes Ireland played pretty much a perfect game, and if D'Arcy had scored it would've been a different game. We even dealed with the binning ok, but after Flannery's disgusting kick, we fell apart and were never in it.
The injury to Kearny made things worse as it meant our best player (D'Arcy) was on the wing, and no one was really playing full back which lead to two of their times.
The french defensive line also hammered O'Gara - they didn't just blitz, they curled around O'Gara preventing him from shipping it wide.
If Livremont plays the same side in a fortnight - it's looking ominous for a French slam
i really like parra. very busy little bugger isnt he? i also remembered how much i like d'arcy. whats happened to irelands back line - it used to be amazing. has that curly haired full back retired? the one that played for leicester?
it was just really nice to be able to sit down and watch the rubgy. i havent seen any since, probably the world cup.
"I need to give players experience"
This year he's said "We want to win the tournament" and picked a consistent side in 2 games.
Our back line is still amazing - but O'Leary has got to be the slowest scrum half in the northern hemisphere, meaning it's hard to get the backline moving. D'Arcy, O'Driscoll, Bowe and Kearney are all world class.
Geordan Murphy? Amazing player, but was always a liability in a green shirt. Last played in the Wales grand slam game. Now we have Kearney it's hard to see him getting game time - though Kearney looks to be out of the England game so who knows
always rated him myself.
i really like frances back 3 and they didnt even really get going. Poitrenaud's hair is great these days. Harinordoquy looked a lot better than he used to be, which i think made him amazing.
Gareth Cooper 'OVER FOR THE TRY!' before Gareth Cooper gets pulled down at least 3m short.
There's at least 2 of those per tournament from EB. Predicting when they're coming should be part of the fantasy leagues
But he's never replicated his Leicester form for Ireland.
In fact whenever he has played he has always shit himself and made catastrophic errors. Fans started calling him "turnstyles" on account of his inability to tackle.
Sad, but I guess these things happen
How come in Italy they have a different shaped ball? Surely it makes sense for the ball to be standarised for the whole competition?
Side note: Drunk Andy Powell In A Golf Cart Heading Towards The M4 - what an absolute idiot.
Still, same question. Why isn't the ball 'standarised'?
But they're different shapes if that makes sense
But the Italy one is a lot more pointy. I remember O'Gara stuggles badly with the ball in Italy.
Wales use the Webb Ellis one which is quite fat and meaty, and France, Ireland and England all use Gilbert because as far as I am concerned, it is the one true ball
On the Lions DVD he is incredible
"Any message for the troops in Afghanistan Andy?"
"Errrr, keep on fightin'"
Those services are about 2 miles from the hotel, probably even a bit further from the golf course. what an effort that was!
It's outrageous. Can people please stop scheduling things I have to do when the rugby is on?
The man is a machine. A machine who will likely be buried in a cube-shaped coffin.
over the line for that 82 minute try by shouting YES ! come on you fuckers ! I was at a 1st birthday party though to be fair, probably shouldn't have put the TV on when they were trying to sing happy birthday.