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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"...

3 Months, 1 Day 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..

3 Months, 2 Days ago

Dunedin Streaker gets Smashed by Security Guard Number Eight

I've had the pleasure of growing up watching HK 7's, where there is often (or used to be) streakers, they were always clattered in big hits, but that's more or less where it ended, they then sort of got dragged away, but I never recall there being any sort of rough justice going on...

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

....Well ok we'll ignore the sun thing, but everyone knows gingers are daywalkers...

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

Yeh maybe that's true. Thats where my 36(ish) comes in. If I measure at my narrowest point it's a fair few inches less.

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

It's said it online when I searched - although we can't always trust that... I don't know if any of his body building stats are available somewhere, maybe they'd give an insight???

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

I can find a loophole though.. these days with kickers that can nail place kicks and/or drop kicks from the halfway line and further, seems like every yard really counts now...

But I agree with your point...

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

I think this is the part where it's difficult to continue the Banahan Lomu comparison. My position regarding Banahan growing up in the SH would only ever have as much weight as the laptop it's being typed on as he did not and unfortunately for him he was nabbed by the 'backs' and didn't develop into what could potentially be a Lawes or a big back row.

Do agree with 10stone10... Countries will probably start a breeding scheme in order to yield the best 'crop' - Who knows what sort of 'supplements' might be added into their diets etc etc...

...well either that or the 2034 8 Nations and RWC (not sure on the year..) will be played over computer games because everyone will find it just too brutal to play for real...

3 Months, 3 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

10stone10, you've hit the nail on the head with regards to my point, Banahan was trained to be a forward, Lomu was trained to play rugby in an extremely adaptive way. I don't recall how aggressive Lomu was, but I dare say he could have easily been thrown in to any pack as an 8. If he lasted as long as the likes of BOD, you could see him moving into the centres if his pace dropped AND at an international level!!!

Banahan on the other hand is sort of one of those players (I've been here) that appears to be traditionally a forward but due to number shortage and being 'a bit quicker than the others' gets chucked into the backs. I have to give Banahan and myself a little more credit here though - I've got quite good footwork and Banahan isn't quite as 'basic' as the above.

The reason for comparison is more of a height and weight similarity and the fact they're both on the wing more than any other reason. Although I quite like the fact Banahan has come from the forwards as it adds another angle to the discussion..

... Just so we're clear though, Lomu is an All Star XV player and Banahan isn't. Any comparison I've made between them is much like yourself and I discussing how we both fit into the 10 position - (You'd find a heck of a lot more reasons why you do than why I do!).. Comparisons =/= similarities...

3 Months, 4 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

Sorry Stroudos, I was a bit presumptuous with my comment: "you're saying Banahan was born a 2nd row and Lomu was born a wing..."

Apologies if that is not quite what you're saying, but it appears your stance at the moment is that Banahan as is a true 2nd row..

3 Months, 5 Days ago

 
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