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U19 player slots a mammoth 80m+ kick at training

I remember Lee Evans did a sketch many years ago about forgetting all the drug bans and letting athletes all do steroids etc, he said all the events would change, "You'd have a hop, skip and where the f**k did he go?"

Someone made a flippant comment about reducing points to 2, I wouldn't mind seeing a trial of this actually. I think it would encourage running rugby more so. I believe in the 'old days' at some point a try was worth 6 points? with the conversion being 1? I like the try to conversion ratio at the moment, but I think 2 penalty kicks shouldn't be greater than 1 try - should they?

4 Hours, 9 Minutes ago

Some of the Biggest Hits from Super Rugby in 2014

Brilliant, gets me in the mood for pre-season!

4 Hours, 21 Minutes ago

South Africa beat New Zealand to win Gold at the Commonwealth Games Sevens

Oh just to add, my tiny little mind knows where the reply button is, does yours? xxx ;)

4 Hours, 22 Minutes ago

South Africa beat New Zealand to win Gold at the Commonwealth Games Sevens

Changed my mind :)

4 Hours, 23 Minutes ago

South Africa beat New Zealand to win Gold at the Commonwealth Games Sevens

Fitness... not physical condition ;)

What's this macho thing a crying canuck such as yourself is talking about. Anyway continue trolling with your many accounts, it's enjoyable.

4 Hours, 31 Minutes ago

South Africa beat New Zealand to win Gold at the Commonwealth Games Sevens

My fitness is pretty appalling at the moment, but I would honestly love to get into some sort of lower league 7's again. I don't think I've necessarily got the pace for any 1st team local clubs (if there are any) but the s**t that 15's is going through at the moment with these awful laws just makes me want to go back to the roots/back to the primitive.. pick up the foo-king ball and run, look for support, offload, keep your head screwed on.

Perhaps it's Summer blues or something, but I feel almost fed up of 15's :(

1 Day, 4 Hours ago

Shane Williams discusses life in Japan and that British & Irish Lions call up

I still think quotas would be a bad idea, but a non national team coach would be better.

I was thinking about a flipside with say a 'Pacific Islands Lions' where you could have players picked from Samo, NZ, Tona, Fiji (might have missed someone else here?). The majority of the time, it wouldn't matter where the coach was from, NZ players would be snapped up with a few other gems from the other nation to fill in some spaces. Now whilst I don't like that idea, I think it's a fair outcome when you're picking the BEST players for a Star team.

I personally don't feel that is what happened for the B&L Lions in 2013. I don't feel that anyone else in Gats position, would have looked at England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and said "The majority of best players out of these nations are Welsh" - in fact a fair few of Gats selections were quite worrying - Matt Stevens??? REALLY?

I think also it was not just the fact he picked these players in the first place, I can see past some of that bias I suppose, but the fact he continued to play them with their poor performances, then brought in a player that hadn't played rugby in 6 months (someone said?)

It is indeed old news I suppose, the only thing I'm actually very shocked by still, is the fact he didn't pick someone like Rhys Priestland aswell...

1 Day, 16 Hours ago

Shane Williams discusses life in Japan and that British & Irish Lions call up

I see your point regarding 6N results and the team, however the point of the Lions tour; from what I gather, is to not pick 'the team that won the last few matches' - It is, in effect, a case of selecting the BEST players from (in no particular order) England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales - THAT, in my opinion (and yes, opinions are like a-holes) was not carried out.

Australia are a top ranking side, but the Australia that was fielded was missing quite a few key players - again, my opinion...

So YES, 'Gatland won the Lions tour', but I personally feel a bit cheated by the way he did it, especially when you consider the likes of the previous tour to SA which was headed by Ian McGeechan who; with the greatest respect, somewhat shafted the Scots (bearing in mind he was a Scottish International!). The team he picked was a good representation of the best players of the British Isles and perhaps as Scotland were (and have been) misfiring, there were very few selected.

I might be a bit old fashioned here and don't get me wrong, wins are important, especially to players, but to me the Lions > a win... It's nice to have them win a series, but frankly for me it's like the Baabaas, you know that from the beginning the odds are stacked against them. They're a collection of great players from a group of nations, but it's a pleasure to see them all banded together and competing against a common 'enemy' as such.

Maybe Gatland truly did pick the British Isles greatest players at the time, but judging by the fact Warburton was captain and not firing well, Roberts was injured for the entire tour bar the last game(?) and Shane Williams was drafted in as an emergency, I'd say he'd taken his Welsh specs on tour and left he Lions ones at home...

5 Days, 34 Minutes ago

Shane Williams discusses life in Japan and that British & Irish Lions call up

Yikes, at the risk of opening up old wounds again regarding the Lions tour, I must indeed; as usual, add my £0.02...

The problem is what Gatland did was not directly swap Davies for BOD (although I am aware Davies was wearing the 13 shirt), the thing that grates me, is that he brought in a player who had not played for a heck of a long time (Roberts) and then pushed Davies out 1 position.

"he has always prided himself on picking on form" He picked Roberts, what could he have possibly based Roberts form on? A few training sessions?

Gatland got the win and in the history books credit will be given to him, but I don't think that the series should have been as close as it was and the Lions could have beaten what was a very understrength Australian team in all 3 games!

Oh and as for the "picking a fan to play for the Lions" of course I wasn't suggesting that should have been the done thing, but frankly they could have picked an entire bunch of randoms to play that Lions game and it wouldn't have looked as stupid as picking a retired winger because "he wasn't very far away!"...

I think a quota is a bit pointless, it probably ruins the ethos of the team, it's an honourable thing to be selected for the Lions, but could you imagine being selected because they need a token Scotsman/Irishman/Welshman/Englishman etc.. What's next? "Make sure you select at least 1 gay person, muslim, christian, black, white, chinese, sikh etc etc"...

5 Days, 10 Hours ago

Shane Williams discusses life in Japan and that British & Irish Lions call up

There were plenty Lions fans who probably had tickets to that particular Lions game so were going to be there anyway, one of which was no doubt a winger and probably fairly fit... I understand 'proximity' was their excuse, I just feel it was a poor one..

6 Days, 7 Hours ago

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