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The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

Strange, I totally forgot to mention Scotland and Italy....

1 Year, 8 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

Man I miss the Chiropractor..... But Henry and Freddy Tuilagi will suffice i guess ;)

As to the strange footnote:

Are you not a fan of Gatland? I think he is a top coach and has done wonders for them, he leaves for family reasons or whatever and boom, they hit rock bottom. I think the players are more to blame than the management. Again, lets see if they can get themselves out of this rut come the 6 nations.

As for England, I think you're still struggling at 10, and whoever is at 9 is inconsistent, if brilliant at times. I thought Launchbery had a superb game and Robshaw gets a tough time as the Captain but is has a class rugby brain on him. Tuilagi and barret are a bit one dimensional and if you're up to them physically they don't present much of a threat, but that is a big IF. But brown was exceptional, always makes ground, always runs hard and great lines. But yes after the AB's win, tails are up....and as the same for the rest, will just have to see 6 nations holds too see if it was a fluke or a change in the wind. And it will be interesting as I can see a powerful French team, a rejuvenated Irish team and a Welsh team with a point to prove coming hard and fast at them!


1 Year, 8 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

Just a wee dip into History pages....NZ have come down with food poisoning on more than one occasion. Most notably the final of the 1995 RWC where the food poisoning source was heavily debated. Yet they still went on to perform to a level which no one could question was impeded by their supposed poisoning. Even if they did lose to a Joel Stransky drop goal in extra time....one of the best world cups to date in my opinion. (not at all bias views from a Zimbo/safa neighbour)

However I had food poisoning last month and I was dead to the world for at least 3 days so the fact they not only recovered but played an international test is testament to their professionalism and their staff for getting them ready. Equally the way in which Richie and Hanson presented themselves was incredibly gracious, should be commended AND replicated in other sports....especially those with round balls!

This game and what followed is definitely bigging up men with odd shaped balls!

1 Year, 8 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

Hear hear! or is it Here here!....aye, who knows but I agree!

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

/\ Quoting Bill McLarens famous quotes!

And my vote for worst commentator goes to Bobby Skinstad...and that's from one Zimbo to another! Just doesn't have a way with words that man...

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

He jumped like a border salmon in a river!

He kicked that ball like it were three pounds o’ haggis.

He’s like a demented ferret up a wee drainpipe.

He's like Bambi on speed

They're rucking like rutting stags! (my personal favourite)

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

I'll get my coat too then because I chuckled.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

Just as a footnote to say Wales management is actually spot on, England is still down as *TBC*

1 Year, 8 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

See I disagree. Playing better than the other team is obviously how you do actually win. But (a) its fun to speculate and (b) I feel its the variables that impact on allowing you to play better than the other team that are worth considering too, one being the tournament layout and your route to the final.

And I would argue that Nz ALMOST always have an easier rout to the quarters and semis than most teams due to their seeding and then when they come up against a tough team that front up and manages to rattle them (invariably by France for some reason) They come unstuck.....whether that is the draw layout or an inherent NZ trait I will leave to you. However I think that you can definitely get an indication for how the tournament will play out from the draw.

This said the tournament is 3 years away so not placing any bets just yet. Will be interesting to see what state the teams are in as we draw closer though with many struggling with indifferent form and abject management namely SA, Wales and England who incidentally everyone thinks are amazing after one big win despite being overshadowed in all their other games. 6 Nations will reveal more....

1 Year, 8 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

The teams that normally do well in the RWC are the ones that dont peak to early. *Case in point, England in the 2003 WC*. To me this means that being in an easy group could actually work against you as you are not mentally up to speed when the tough, tense game come a knocking.

This said, you could definitely argue that numerous tough fought and bruising encounters really wears you down mentally and physically so if squad depth isnt utilised in group stages teams may struggle to keep up their initial group stage intensity.

Well this is as inconclusive a post as ever.....but I felt like chucking in my tuppence.
SH ftw. (My moneys on SA for their 3rd WC)

1 Year, 8 Months ago

 
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