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Out of the bloody world cup
OUT OUT OUT
Probably not quite as bad as Australia being so injury-hit that they have to play a No.8 on the wing and have 2 scrum halfs & 2 hookers on the bench, but pretty bad.
However, the biggest rugby news over here this week is gonna be this: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/most-popular/2011/10/02/england-rugby-players-in-more-hot-water-after-hotel-worker-claims-she-was-victim-of-crude-sexual-banter-115875-23460369/
Wonder what Martin Johnson will have to say about it. "Rugby players in being sexually-abusive twats - shocker!"? Who'd ever have thought it of James Haskell?
Johnson and his team seem to have been more concerned about changing the ball.
When did we start expecting rugby players to behave like Sunday School teachers? Surely if you recruit them for their manners and comportment, then the Neanderthals on the other side will just walk all over them!
but there's a difference between having a drink and a bit of banter and being a complete cunt to one of the hotel staff.
Losing history's leading pointscorer for every knockout game isn't quite as bad as having to play former wing Radike Samo on the wing in a dead rubber against Russia.
Certainly makes the tournament even more open. It's got to be Weepu replacing him though - Colin Slade isn't remotely up to it. The main issue with using him there though is that he's pretty clearly NZ's best halfback at this point, which means not only do you go onto the field without your best No.10, you're also going to have to go with an inferior No.9 to slot into the space he vacates as well. Because frankly Cowan and Ellis suck doggy dicks.
Weepu will play no 9 and no 10 simultaneously.
Unorthodox, but still better than picking Slade.
"not only do you go onto the field without your best No.10 [Dan Carter], you're also going to have to go with an inferior No.9 to slot into the space he [Weepu] vacates as well"
PM me for the version where I draw it using crayons
I wasn't saying that *you'd* suggested that....it was my (absurdist) suggestion, riffing off your dislike of Slade, Cowan and Ellis, which I fully share.
A thousand apologies etc.
Oh, no pressure Colin.
how much do Georgia have to win by for Scotland to go through? Am gonna go mad if it happens
Anyone but him. Fuck.
Never before have we had such a good first choice no 10, and such an appalling second-choice. Nooooooooooooo!
Ireland v Wales
England v France
South Africa v Australia
New Zealand v Argentina
Considering how shambolic France have been, they'll probably march straight into the final now.
Ireland vs Wales next week. Obviously I want Wales to win but I think it will be a tough game and a close score, but Ireland will win.
and whoever wins will hopefully get to knock out England
That's a disgrace.