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Friday, September 16, 2011

O2 Inside Line - Haskell Cam in Queenstown

O2 Inside Line is back this week with another brilliant episode of Haskell Cam, as we go behind the scenes and into the England camp as the squad explore the sights and sounds of New Zealand. Expect to see plenty of banter, some bungee jumping, and Dylan Hartley's new car.

There's been a bit of talk this week about the antics of the England team while on tour in Queenstown. Mike Tindall in particular came under stick for allegedly taking part in a few extra mural activities while in a bar on a night out after the Argentina win. 

Coach and 2003 World Cup winner Martin Johnson downplayed the incident.

"The manager of the bar has said the England players, their behaviour was perfectly acceptable all through the evening," Johnson said. "The players said 'we are going to go out for a beer on Sunday night', I said it was a great idea. You've got to relieve the pressure, let off steam at the right time.

"We all know when you've got a rugby team, part of it is the bonding off the field as well. I don't want to get to the stage where we are locking ourselves away in hotels. They (the players) understand, no-one likes to be on the front page of papers. They know their responsibilities.

"If we get to the point where you can't go out because someone is going to film you and point the finger at you, it's a pretty sad place. They've gone out for a drink. That's what they've done: rugby player drinks beer, shocker," Johnson said.

The players have certainly been bonding and having a good time, which as another World Cup winner, Will Greenwood, says is essential to their success. "A happy rugby player is a better rugby player," said Greenwood last night.

This episode of Haskell Cam is a classic, with plenty of laughs. Ugliest players, steepest streets, boring groups, and jumping off bridges, it's all there. Enjoy.

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Posted at 10:00 am | 15 comments

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hayeder September 16, 2011 11:48 am

Hilarious! Great chat.

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moddeur September 16, 2011 12:30 pm

Very funny all around (especially the bungee jumping part), except for that bit where they knock on some house door in Dunedin and start making fun of everything about the people living there. That part is borderline funny (and borderline mean).

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medicaluke September 16, 2011 12:38 pm

I love the banter. Its great to see teams that enjoy each other's company and have fun. You can tell these guys enjoy being in the national setup.

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stroudos September 16, 2011 1:02 pm

@moddeur - you're joking, that was the best bit! It's not like they're making fun of the poor (in case you misinterpreted the scene), they're obviously students who've chosen to live like that.

Bloody brilliant. Best one yet!!

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moddeur September 16, 2011 2:32 pm

Hell you're right, I looked at it again. I hadn't noticed the first time around that these people were young (and probably students). I initially thought "oh boy, here goes Haskell making fun of poor people" ... I think it's the phrase: "this whole house is a toilet" that made me tick the first time around.

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stroudos September 16, 2011 1:39 pm

Makes it even clearer that these grubby tabloid hacks trying to invent some malicious gossip out of a complete non-story ("Rugby player drinks beer shocker" - Johnson) are obviously just jealous. Tossers.

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LND September 18, 2011 12:53 am

True that, the Brit press are a bunch of knobs!

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stroudos September 16, 2011 1:43 pm

By the way, Haskell's eye looks pretty puffy! Presumably got a knock in a different incident then, not the alleged "gouging"? As despite his initial protest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igOryriEi4Y for those who haven't seen it - swearing gold), he quickly said he was just pushed in the face. Looks suspicious though doesn't it.

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Malcolm Bradbrook September 16, 2011 2:49 pm

Why does someone say small penises at 8:05 or is it just me that heard that?

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LoveSportsPro September 16, 2011 4:42 pm

@Malcolm Bradbrook That's your subconscious talking.

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Malcolm Bradbrook September 16, 2011 5:35 pm

Dammit I was afraid of that

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Guy September 16, 2011 7:30 pm

These handycam items are getting better and better. Almost peed my pants at the students house (look at the wheels!, classic). Those guys together are properly funny

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Matthew September 16, 2011 11:33 pm

How long before Haskell joins Saints to be with his 'banter buddies' all the time, do you reckon?

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flyingpepper September 17, 2011 12:09 pm

I thought haskel was already out of his contract with Stade to france?

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