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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Midweek Madness - Don't Drop the Egg

Midweek Madness - Don't Drop the Egg

The Rugby Club on Sky Sports did a segment recently that focused on an amateur rugby team, the Clapham Falcons, from South London Division 5. The result is truly fascinating, and highly entertaining, but be prepared, it gets very weird..

We're always looking for top quality rugby content here on RD, and this short docu feature is no different as we get an inside look into the lives of three young professionals plying their trade in London, while drinking, living, a breathing rugby.

RD was able to catch up with them to get their thoughts on being the stars of such a segment, but unlike the norm, we'd encourage you to jump straight to the video now, then come back to read more later so as to avoid any spoilers. So stop reading now, and hit play below.

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I caught up with Oliver Blazeby , who plays 6, sometimes 7, to find out more about the guys who took us into the deepest, darkest places of their rugby obsessed lives. His alter-ego, Dan Jones, who works for a production company, told me that Don't Drop the Egg, a mokumentary, is the result of 9 months off writing, directing, editing, and of course, acting.

It's a satirical look at rugby players, and more specifically, the privileged university rugby types that most of us will have encountered at one time or another. The obvious question arose, 'Do you all actually still play rugby?'

"We all DID play rugby, now we are just fans," said Dan, who plays Blazeby, the die-hard of the bunch who has clearly taken one too many knocks to the head.

"Interestingly we all played a little at university and started to recognise these characters, and 3 years on we have made something with them very much in the front our minds.

Tom Magnus, who plays Freddie Shepherd , works with Dan, and then Orry Gibbens, who is a stand-up comedian, plays the self-obsessed pretty boy flyhalf, Archie Curzon .

"We were drawn together rather easily and had a good base knowledge of what we intended to do. We all liked to make people laugh at school, and all probably were in a Shakespeare play as well," said Dan. And what about the budget?

"We had no budget, other than the small amount we put in ourselves to cover things like wine, face paint, pitch hire etc. Orry and Dan still owe Tom about half the 'budget'."

It has possibly best last line ever. I was curious as to who came up with it.

"The last line was actually thought up by our cameraman Tim Colman: The invisible 4th member of The BoomTown Twats who keeps us together and tells us when we are shit.

"It was a struggle; we had the line ' There aren't many games where you would break a limb for a mate ' which is actually rather honest, real and moving assessment of rugby. The last line just flipped that on its head, the 2 line together summing up the film perfectly."

If all goes to plan, we'll be seeing more of Archie, Freddie, and Blazeby on RD sometime soon.

The videos are presented in three parts as a playlist below, totaling 40 minutes. Enjoy.

Time: 40 mins

Posted at 2:51 pm | 75 comments

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 12:53 pm

Genius

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gdlisterfell August 24, 2011 12:58 pm

Amazing Amazing Amazing

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richy August 24, 2011 1:23 pm

top notch lads, famous now

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 1:36 pm

This can't be real.... love it!

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Ali thomas August 24, 2011 1:56 pm

Incredible.

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 2:07 pm

Brilliant.

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Ben August 24, 2011 2:12 pm

Best documentary ever.

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Jeroz August 24, 2011 2:48 pm

toooooooooo gooooooooooood

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 2:55 pm

Hahaha top lads.

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moddeur August 24, 2011 2:57 pm

Ha ha ha! I love it when Blazeby meets that Saracens player. The last time I met Thierry Dusautoir here in Toulouse, I barely managed a "bravo, man!" while chuckling and wanting to slap him on the back. Poor players, they must be sick of us fans.
I also love the way the Clapham coach keeps on throwing things around. My coach doesn't do that, he's just immensely cynical and slices through you with soft-spoken irony.
Anyhow, all true amateur rugby players have to appreciate the Rugby fan base over in England! A country with 2.5 million registered players surely can't be that bad!
Ok, back to viewing "don't drop the egg" (still have 2 videos to go).

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 3:07 pm

Slut 1.

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moddeur August 24, 2011 3:16 pm

-"Archie. Archie?" (knock knock)
-"What? I'm kind of in the middle of something here" (in room with girlfriend)
-"It's just ... an unbelievable try"
-"Really?? Ok, I'll be down in 2 minutes!!"

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 3:31 pm

great work!!!

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moddeur August 24, 2011 3:34 pm

- "Can I do with more attention? Yeah, sure, I play number 10".

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 3:39 pm

That was so hilarious and frightfully recognisable!

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 4:55 pm

brilliant!!!!

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cigarr0 August 24, 2011 5:03 pm

WOW! I wasn't expecting it to be so good! Made me laugh the whole time, and it's funny cause some of my rugby lads are just like this!

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 7:44 pm

Just three bloody good blokes playing rugger

This is fantastic, more, more, please - RD hook these guys up some ad revenue for weekly episodes

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 7:59 pm

CONSSSUUUUMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEE COONSSSSSUUUUMMMEEEEEE

COONSNSSSUUUMMMEEE

God Uni rugby rocks

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Guy August 24, 2011 8:01 pm

Fuckin'AWESOME!

These guys can actually...act!

Didn't see that coming. More episodes please.

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 8:12 pm

are those guys actors?! i would straight away join this club if i ever moved to london

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 8:33 pm

RD sign these guys up, weekly eps please

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 8:38 pm

I play 10... Oh dear.

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 9:03 pm

high renaissance buddays.

the reason Uni rugby is shit, cos its full of all buddays with their shit clothes and laddy chat.

nice office/ high renaissance man translation into rugby though, hope to see some more!

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 9:10 pm

Awesome!
Also, this calls for celebratons. 20+ comments with no trolls!

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 9:21 pm

Bloody brilliant

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Chris Boy August 24, 2011 9:52 pm

hilarious and quite accurate!

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Anonymous August 24, 2011 10:03 pm

Jagerbombs. Classic.

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WacoKId August 24, 2011 10:51 pm

fantastic, please make more

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Canadian Content August 24, 2011 11:32 pm

Very well done, sadly I recognize too much of this video in my jadded past.

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Earl of Essex August 24, 2011 11:33 pm

EPIC

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stefan August 25, 2011 6:41 am

haha they play fives. cracker of a game. can't wait to get back to my uni team!

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Chris & Kylie August 25, 2011 6:48 am

Awesome work lads..

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stefan August 25, 2011 7:04 am

Now that I've finished watching, need more! Top quality from these boys. And good on the Rugby Club for giving it the time! Banter.

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Anonymous August 25, 2011 7:21 am

couldn't watch more than 2 minutes. sorry lads

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RD August 25, 2011 10:29 am

@ Stefan, it wasn't really on the Rugby Club. That was a favour from Simon Lazenby :)

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Anonymous August 25, 2011 10:33 am

Sadly part 3 is banned in Germany by the fucking Gema.

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Anonymous August 25, 2011 10:54 am

RD are we going to see more or is this a one off?

RWC special please..

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S.P.N. August 25, 2011 11:18 am

This is absolutely awesome stuff. My team has about three people like Oli.
And the #10 personality depiction is pretty accurate. At least in the amateur level, you do have to be a delusional ego-maniac to think you can play flyhalf...well...

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Michael August 25, 2011 11:40 am

Anonymous AUG 24th:

No their not a real club, the only club in that area are a team called Battersea Ironsides.

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Pedant August 25, 2011 11:59 am

As well as Ironsides, there's London Media, Wandsworthians, Bec Old Boys and probably a few others.

Which doesn't alter the fact that these lot are fictional and a cracking invention at that.

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Anonymous August 25, 2011 12:27 pm

really good work, depicts the best and worst of amature club rugby in london.

great to see the positive feedback as the team are a great invention and the acting is pretty spot on too, just a shame its a one-off!

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bazookashotsat8am August 25, 2011 12:31 pm

Haha this is brilliant! Filmed at my old club Wimbledon RFC too =)

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Anonymous August 25, 2011 3:22 pm

i felt very well presented

to the german anon, use a proxy the third part is worth the wait/slower download

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Anonymous August 25, 2011 4:00 pm

This just shows how much better SH rugby is, in the NH all they do is kick and play games with no tries, we play running attractive rugby, bla bla bla.

Sorry RD, it just doesn't seel right not to have that sort of comment.

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Ian M August 25, 2011 5:01 pm

Worryingly accurate. I can match every incident in that film. Not all myself, thankfully.

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Matt August 25, 2011 5:02 pm

Gutted they arent real! Really good type of documentary haha
Gotta appreciate rugby and its fans all accross the world. Would love to see an aussie or new zealand version!

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Anonymous August 25, 2011 7:17 pm

That was too good! Congratulations and thanks, RD.

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Anonymous August 25, 2011 8:09 pm

That was class, not just recognisable from London rugby, that's the same everywhere - ordinary rugby blokes culture to a tee!

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Anonymous August 25, 2011 8:55 pm

hilarious!

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brian August 25, 2011 9:24 pm

Genuis pure genuis

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Anonymous August 25, 2011 10:47 pm

awesome. so many of the traits in these characters i have come across playing at an amatuer level. I believe all 3 of these players play for HAC in london toff toff toff

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Old7 August 25, 2011 11:09 pm

A little bit too Hooray Henry for most UK clubs but - holy shit there's some funny stuff in there.
Great job boys. The change room- pre-match was just hilarious.

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Anonymous August 26, 2011 12:59 am

...Posh accent...

...bit of a twat...

...talks the talk...

...can't necessarily walk the walk...

...tends to blag a lot of stuff...

shit....me and Archie are the same....sort of highlighted how much of a dick I am really, can't say im that bothered though...

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Anonymous August 26, 2011 1:19 am

First post:
I'd offer Rugby Dump's it's own advise:
"Please use common sense and be respectful"
The video is juvenile. Get rid of it and stick to what you're good at: providing current and brilliant video clips of games and playing sequences of interest.
Hard to believe the level of maturity out there warrants so many "likes" without counter.

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Anonymous August 26, 2011 2:02 am

...to the comment above! Get a life, this is one of my favourite posts ever on RD. It would obviously appear that you are culturely unaware of what most Rugby fans are like. It's a brilliantly accurate portrayl of ex-university playing rugby lads that many of us here on RD can relate to. You clearly haven't played a decent standard of Rugby yourself or you would have been aware of the truth in this mokumentary. It's a one off that RD has posted, but it is still highly appropriate for us Rugby fans.

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Anonymous August 26, 2011 5:30 am

the stuff of legends. the crowds want more!

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Von August 26, 2011 8:50 am

Anonymous said...
First post:
I'd offer Rugby Dump's it's own advise:
"Please use common sense and be respectful"
The video is juvenile. Get rid of it and stick to what you're good at: providing current and brilliant video clips of games and playing sequences of interest.
Hard to believe the level of maturity out there warrants so many "likes" without counter.


First post eh? Can't wait for more of your cheery contributions!

I also thought it was quite unusual for an RD post to have so many positive comments and not a single dissenting voice - do you know why? Because the video's bloody hilarious!

Nice cameos from Cato and "Bendy" by the way! Really good sports.

Some cracking one-liners in there too - one of my favourites: "Out of line? I'm the 10, I run the fucking line!".

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fitness equipment August 26, 2011 10:33 am

Fantastic

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Disco August 26, 2011 10:35 am

I hated it initially but left it playing in the kitchen and can't help thinking that there really is a little bit of genius in this. Very clever and well pitched in the end. Shame the swearing will keep it off TV. All three guys did a brilliant job.

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Anonymous August 26, 2011 1:33 pm

AWESOME!!! want more

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Anonymous August 26, 2011 2:56 pm

My god they have acurately depicted what a few lads at uni are like! I thought it was bloody hilarious

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Dr August 26, 2011 5:10 pm

absolutely genius! The whole "posh ex-uni twat" culture isnt as relevant in wales, ireland and most of scotland but its hilarious nonetheless. Go work! Loved it! Was great to see the even tho I play rugby in scotland, we have so much in common with or english counterparts :)

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Richard August 26, 2011 6:27 pm

Cracking up with laughter here! We need to get more of this ASAP!

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Ian M August 26, 2011 6:38 pm

I'd love to see a couple of sequels. I've played rugby in two very different bits of the UK - London and North Yorkshire. This is entirely accurate for the London club, and I reckon one for a harder area of the country would be just as good.

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Anonymous August 26, 2011 11:07 pm

As much as I hate to admit it, this is what English Rugby players and fans are REALLY like...

What an embarrassment, fuckin' Wankers!

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Anonymous August 27, 2011 12:13 am

"As much as I hate to admit it, this is what English Rugby players and fans are REALLY like...

What an embarrassment, fuckin' Wankers!"

So what part of the rest of the world do you come from then? I mean in order to make that highly inaccurate assessment...

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Anonymous August 27, 2011 4:08 am

Good video, but I have to say the lash and sheilas are far better in the Southern Hemisphere.

Also, my drunken posh English accent is far better than their drunken Australian accent, and I have never paused the Heineken cup to show my mate a great try, although I did pause it once to show him a great penalty kick.

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Unknown August 28, 2011 12:27 am

good job. hope there will be more.

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Unknown August 28, 2011 12:28 am

good job. hope there will be more

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JM August 29, 2011 6:00 am

Can't believe how good that was. As an Irishman who went to an English University full of Oxbridge wannabes, this brought back lots of memories of the painful plonkers in the rugby club. So unbelievably accurate!

More please.

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kaibishin August 29, 2011 9:57 pm

We got lash, we got crack, we got banter, we got lash-banter..

fucking genius!

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sergeblanco September 06, 2011 10:49 pm

Please say there's gonna be more, could watch it over and over!

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poccio September 10, 2011 4:58 pm

"there's not many games where you can shit in a mates hand and still be mates"
awesome line

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