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Australia stun New Zealand to win the 2015 Rugby Championship in Sydney

Yeh that's the one I was on about, I remember that second test being so closely fought and i remember thinking Ireland was the better team, but they needed to be a bit more clinical and that 'the next game' they'll win.... Boy was I wrong...

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Ireland cruise to comfortable RWC warmup win over Wales in Cardiff

Well that video didn't last long...

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Australia stun New Zealand to win the 2015 Rugby Championship in Sydney

Wouldn't say I'm an England fan..... too much mixed blood in me for that, I can support 5 out of 6 teams in the 6N :D

But, the squad for the weekend -

All in all, I'm not keen, I'm hoping it's some sort of way that Lancaster is playing a lot of his seconds so they get experience and keeping his firsts wrapped up in cotton wool.

I'm not sure on Alex Goode, I can't remember whether he is a waste of space or not :/ I know Jonny May is, so I'm shocked he was picked. Not a fan of Owen Farrell, personally I'd pick Ford over him (unless as above it's a tactic).

I'm concerned about Burgess, he is a very keen player and really willing to learn, but sticking him in a very dynamic position like centre seems risky, especially as a starter, I'd have thought maybe a super sub to come on as a battering ram, but not a starter, I still think he does better in a seek and destroy role as a flanker, but then I don't think he's as good as the 'real' flankers... I'm glad he's not taken up the position of Englands talisman by the UK media, who seem hell bent on ruining every promising players future by building them up to be the saviours..

Mako, no surprise there, second rows and back rows are all fairly obvious choices, fingers crossed for Ben Morgan, hope he's strong.

The bench is exciting, I like the prospect of Cipriani showing us what he is capable of, I just hope for his sake Lancaster doesn't bring him on with 3 minutes to go or some BS like that, sort of wish he was starting. Be good if Corbisiero can get himself involved, brilliant player and a definite asset.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Andrew Trimble's well timed big hit leads to Keith Earls try against Wales

I love the way stuff can just work out perfectly in rugby...it's like some much chaos that it starts to actually look beautiful and choreographed... Ball bounces off leg and into Earls grip....

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Australia stun New Zealand to win the 2015 Rugby Championship in Sydney

Hahaha, it's a bit of a mixed bag in all departments:

SA has done terribly of late and I have them pegged as pool winners (still think so, but you never know).

Now not sure on Wales chances of escaping the pools... I also think it's highly likely England will take 2nd place in the pools, whereas before I was thinking there was maybe a 60-40 in Englands favour...

Should be an exciting competition...

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Ireland cruise to comfortable RWC warmup win over Wales in Cardiff

Any idea where the gold has come from? Don't recall it ever being on the Welsh kit before..

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Australia stun New Zealand to win the 2015 Rugby Championship in Sydney

I only thought I remembered it because I was really under the impression that Ireland were going to beat NZ 'in the next game' so I was gob smacked when they were made to look like school boys... and by the hands of NZ and not their own mistakes!

Totally agree with you regarding the young heads. It is a very difficult decision to make to replace McCaw, Carter et al. I also think Hansens dilemma is that NZ are on this number 1 pedestal (ignore latest result haha) and the last thing he wants to do is make a habit of losing purely because of experience. That is what has been the upset of so many teams in the past, they develop a brilliant set of 21 players and they play those and only those guys... then they all somewhat retire at the same point and the team falls apart - take England really... 2003 they won the RWC, those winners that didn't retire kept on playing because who wants to cut the world cup winners... and the team plummets as their standard falls and they retire, because the new boys never got a proper look in.

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Awesome Argentina upset sloppy Springboks for first time ever

Watched as a neutral. I was glad to see JDV back on the field although he broke his jaw....

I thought that Argentinian try was unfair when the referee told the boks to have a word. Although that alone would not change the outcome of the match. Seems like the boks really struggled with their tighthead against the Argies, ruined their scrum platform!

Burger copped a fair bit of abuse through the game, some pretty big high shots on him, I guess the tables turned a tad from what he used to do, but still not to great.

Exciting game, congratulations to Argentina

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Tonga's sensational full field try against South Africa at Rugby World Cup 2007

Brilliant try! Also interesting to see that the last person chasing right before the try was Matfield.. Good effort from him to get back even if it amounted to little in the end!

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Australia stun New Zealand to win the 2015 Rugby Championship in Sydney

I think I remember a game they played brilliantly the whole time (or I might think I think I remember.... :S )

Against Ireland in the SH tours. I think it was something like NZ played awful the first test and Ireland played 'better' but stuffed up their opportunities and were not very clinical. This gave me the idea that Ireland would win the 2nd test because they'll tighten up their ship and off they go... instead I think they got destroyed by NZ who appeared to issue swift vengeance on Ireland for ever having any self belief.

..that is how it went down in my mind, not 100% sure if I'm accurate on that as it was 1-2 (or more?) years ago...

But granted your point still stands and is very valid.

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago