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Wales claim the Triple Crown with nail biting win over England

Agree with most of the pack but have to say Toby Faletau is the inform 8 and must start with Denton given the opportunity to impress midweek. Also both of those can play 6 which would mean you could bring on Morgan as a massive impact player.

I would also have Corbisiero on the bench.

Do you mean Lee Dickinson at Scrumhalf? Karl I believe is his uncapped brother. As English as I am I think Phillips (whom I hate on the pitch) is probably one of the best Scrum Half's in the world.

What about Scotland's new find in Hogg? He looks pretty handy also?

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Wales claim the Triple Crown with nail biting win over England

(2/2) I was very, very pleased to be proved wrong and the quality and character of the England boys was above and beyond. It was one mistake by Lawes and one by Walsh that cost England the potential victory. It was one covering tackle by North on Farrell that saved the game (what a hit by the way, fantastic tackle!) He showed his experience and read the game well, saw the chip ahead and got himself into position to make the tackle.

Please do not feel that I am judging you as I hope you are not judging me. I simply react to what other type and enjoy the rich field of visitors that come to this site. I am a lover of the banter and would never get personal with attacks on others based on sensible comments like your own I’m just disagreeing with them. I, like you, enjoy watching quality rugby regardless of who it is being played by and am a supporter of the home nations when playing against SH teams.

As for the Andy Powell comment I agree, just look at Tindall in the WC :)

I too will shut up now :)

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Wales claim the Triple Crown with nail biting win over England

I’m sorry if I gave the wrong impression in my comments. I thought we were allowed to discuss the topic and that peoples comments were open for debate.

Can I ask how I have crowbared comments about the England vs Wales players into a comments section about the England vs Wales game?

(1/2) Could you also point out where I have made assumptions about what you said? I make my own points whilst relating them to what you, and others on this thread, have already said. (Sorry did you think this was just about you as there are other people on this thread :-) I don’t think at any point I suggested you said anything that you didn’t!

Of course my assumption is a generalisation regarding English and Welsh fans! Would you like me to write down the names of all the players, past and present, pundits, press and friends who have made comments regarding this current Welsh team and its (unproven) ability to be world domineering? They are going to be a serious force in the future but I think they have got to prove themselves before we start comparing them to the Welsh/Lions teams of the past. I can however, speak for several English fans who always say they play badly rather than accepting the fact that we were beaten by the better team.

I presume, like me, you are referring to the colour of the shirts when you make this comment?

“That doesn't make it a simple black (red?) & white situation of one team being god and the other bad.”


“To be honest, you do surprise me when you say that you didn't think England really had a chance before the match. I never go into a match believing that about either of the sides.”


Really, so you don’t make a judgement based on previous performances, current players, statistics and other information used in order to pass an opinion? On paper that well established Welsh side should have made mincemeat of this England side. The experience of Phillips, Roberts and Halfpenny should have made a massive difference. I was ver

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Wales claim the Triple Crown with nail biting win over England

But you are talking about a sport that involves two teams so I feel the need to compare as a point for one must surely be relevant to the other.

I feel the Welsh are slipping into the old English thought process (for which I believe we are called arrogant) that whenever they are outplayed it is not because they are outplayed but because they themselves played poorly. Don't get me wrong I never believed we had a chance against this well balanced Welsh side but I do honestly believe that England were the better side. If you don't believe my humility please read other posts I have made.

But age is irrelevant when you have the experience of a WC under your belt. Also these lads eat, sleep and breath rugby (lucky bast*rds) so to say that age is a factor when you are doing something 6 days a week and have the benefit of the best coaches in the world is pointless. Because I'm over thirty and played rugby since I was 5 would not make me better in their place (as I'm fat :)

Here are quick links for you:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wales_national_rugby_union_team#Current_squad

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England_national_rugby_union_team#Current_squad

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Wales claim the Triple Crown with nail biting win over England

Age has nothing over experience and caps are far more important is my point. Apart from Cuthbert and Williams were all those players mentioned not part of a WC Semi final side? The whole point of my post is to show that an inexperience side held an established Welsh side to a close game. Sorry that you didn't understand that!

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Wales claim the Triple Crown with nail biting win over England

Firstly, well done Wales. Your champagne style rugby does not work against well organised defenses and if played properly Roberts, Davis and North can easily be played out of the game. That said you did what England sides have been doing for years. You won ugly! I'm a little confused as to who Calon lan is refering to when he talks about kids and experience. Wales front row 150ish caps, Englands whole team around 180. Didn't 12 out of the starting 15 play in a WC Semi-final?

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Wales looking strong after solid win over Scotland

Great spot! Right in front of the ref as well...

2 Years, 2 Months ago

England edge past Italy in the snow of Rome

Ah I see :) It is a shame that the minority can spoil it for the majority.

Although thankfully they only ever seem to rear their heads in the virtual world and don't take the time to attend 'the real world' games!

As for the 2003 WC I agree. Not the most exciting but more tries scored final than the last one :)

2 Years, 2 Months ago

England edge past Italy in the snow of Rome

I think you're being a little unfair there towards England fans. I have met fans from every nation who act in this way. We all have our idiots, I don't think it is just the English ones.

As for the dislike by other nations I think this stems back to the Colonial days! It is bloody ridiculous!

2 Years, 2 Months ago

England edge past Italy in the snow of Rome

Why are England 'arrogant' and other nations 'confident'? Can anyone provide evidence of England appearing arrogant in interviews or clips etc so I can see if first hand. Is the fact that George North believes Wales can beat anyone 'arrogant'? I don't believe so I think it is a confidence that you need to become the best in the World.

I am really looking forward to this England vs Wales game. Wales are the side in form and I think if all 15 first xv are fit then they are capable of being world beaters. As an England supporter I hope they prove me wrong. My heart says England but my gut says Wales. Bring it on!

2 Years, 2 Months ago

 
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