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The International Rugby Board rebrands, changes name to World Rugby

Same shit different packaging?

What is the need? Have they ballsed up the game so much that they feel embarrassed of the IRB label, they've tarnished it so much that they're switching to a new one?

To be honest, I actually find "International rugby board" has/had some clout and power with that name, it sounds powerful and not to be messed with. "World Rugby" sounds like some 13 year old school project where they have to design a company - Perhaps a young lad who is a fan of the 'Rugby World' magazine figured they could make a magazine and call it 'World Rugby'...

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Scotland give New Zealand Murrayfield scare but come up short

I'd be inclined to agree in some respect with that view. I'm not 100% on it, but it appeared to me Hansen had no intention of losing that game, hence the key figures he had dotted about and sitting on the bench. However no doubt he wanted to see what his 'other lads' could do.

Personally I found the whole thing entirely enjoyable, especially the amount of self belief by the boys in blu-er-red... I feel NZ have now begun a campaign of fear before the game. The big names, the repetitive relentless wins etc, there is some 'higher level' type of aura to them. However I truly felt that every one of the Scottish players ignored it completely and went out their feeling like they had every right to face the AB's. I feel like I've seen teams take to the field almost with a "we're not allowed to win/or do well against the AB's" and they just look like they know the game is over before it starts. The Scots looked like they knew it was a fair contest and they were after everything they could get.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable game.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

South Africa aim to up the intensity after another win over England

I think a lot of the England support is coming from predictions based on what has happened to date.

Take Scotland for instance. They played a blindingly good game against Arg, slacked off a bit in the 2nd half but they played with a totally different tempo that their many past outings. With that in mind people started to become curious about what they could do against the AB's. Don't get me wrong, I think a lot of people had a sly smile with a hope of something interesting, but their heads AND hearts were telling them it was going to be a big loss. But somehow Scotland appeared be able to hold their own against the AB team on the day; again playing with that improved tempo and rugby brain.

So I think the majority of people are looking at what England are producing well at the moment and thinking that the only way is up. Of course, this is all presuming they do go up and again presuming all the other teams remain at their current level. But I do think England has had a history of coming in on shaky ground, yet coming out on very firm ground.

Either way, like the above with the Scots vs NZ, people have a quiet little 'feeling' even though everything else is telling them their mad for thinking about it. We'll all see if/when the time comes.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

... no an apple fell from my hand and landed on the keyboard not only moving the apostrophe but also pressing enter before I had a chance to correct the damage it did...

I'm sure there was more than one..

..a 'pear' is to blame for the capital B.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

...Blaming apple for that one...

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

Come on Dan you bassoon, can't you tell he plays the buffoon?

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

....Has the spelling universe got it's hat on backwards or something?

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

I'll try and remember yours, hopefully you'll have passed grade 2 by then.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

He hasn't been thrown off as many planes and punched as much as Gavin Henson and Henson got multiple opportunities....

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

Really enjoyed the Scotland match. Briefly saw some of the Wales Fiji match, I think Gatland has to be concerned. I find Wales have the ability (somewhere) to play some good competitive rugby, but somehow they can't seem to continually do it.. No disrespect to Fiji, but I viewed this game (before the game) as a Wales win, I thought they'd win by more points than they did. So actually well done to Fiji and to run one in when they were a man down!

Sky games I didn't see.

So onto the Scotland NZ game - Wow.. I enjoyed that! Let's of course go through the facts, we all know NZ fielded a 'b' team or partially 'b' team, but they would have done so knowing it was going to win. NZ wouldn't field any old team without looking to keep up their current rankings/standards etc. So Scotland could only play who was in front of them and I thought they played very very well! I really thought they looked like they have a promising 10 who seems to be really getting involved physically! All in all, Scotland did very well. I thought the scrum decisions were pretty abysmal on some occasions, but then Poite isn't renowned for his scrum policing. I just enjoyed seeing that 'Scotland belief' from last week carry across to this week too!

I thought Scotland seemed to play like they deserved the win, they deserved to play with the AB's, whereas in the past, they've played a little like they've been forced to get run at and they know they'll be beaten!

Great weekend for the majority of teams, some close results!

2 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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