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Pienaar isn't that good. He is pretty great, but not as vital as he's made out to be (remember Ulster-Castres? Pienaar-free demolition job, and plenty of young guns coming). I'd go Armitage or Fofana
10 Months, 2 Weeks ago
"Enjoy your F***ing time off!" Ha, classic! Textbook backrower running the usual interfearance/messing up the oposing team's lines and someone lashing out. It's a win/win situation for him, really. O'gara, with all his club and international experience, should know better. Ok, granted ROG was never known to put up something even related to a tackle, let alone "sort someone off with a hit", but this reaction is just stupid. Why in the hell would he risk getting sent off and banned just to "kick Sean in the Cox"?
10 Months, 3 Weeks ago
3- Jones/Coles (even though I'm not a fan of Coles' workrate around the park, he is a solid scrummager)
4- Gray (one of the few to have his place locked in already with AW Jones as backup)/ POC (for grunt?)
5- Davies (one tough SOB, just when we need a tough as nails tight 5 and backrow to dominate australia and keep pocock in check)
6- Ferris (please, PLEASE god, keep him injury free. If not, then pick Lydiate)
7- Armitage/Warburton (how armitage isn't in the england squad just amazes me)
10- Sexton (due to lack of competition, another with his place tightly locked)/Farrel
11 & 14- North & Bowe (I don't really focus on 11/14, nowadays a winger is a winger)/ possibilities: Sharples/Ashton/Visser (huge potential)/Cuthbert/Craig Gilroy (potential to be the next Shane Williams. There, I said it, and I'm not taking it back!)
12 - Roberts (if they play Sexton at 10, watch how they commit the stupidity of replacing roberts with farrel)
13 - Tuilagui (if he keeps his form and finds consistency, the place is his already)/Davies (hugelly underrated, even if he is the big man everyone sees, hes deceptivelly fast, a good defender and distributes really well)/ Darren Cave (again, I'm going to comment an utter blasphemy, but as Drico fades, a new potential O'Driscoll emerges. If only he was given half the nurturing that Keith "The Walking Flop" Earls has been given over the years...)
15 - Kearney/ Halfpenny (not a fan, irregular and prone to brain farts, but a great player on his day and a valuable kicker)/ Brown (longshot)
Others to travel would be Obrien, Launchbury, Palmer, Robson, Jenkins, Denton and some others.
The crucial point in this series will be coaching, gelling, player management and morale and gelling. They certainly have the players for a historic win
11 Months, 2 Weeks ago
Did you see Ben Morgan against New Zealand? I admit he needs to play at that tempo and workrate more consistently, but he is a monster. Surelly Easter is not the answer neither for the lions or england. He has more than been exposed at international level. Like some others he is great at club level, but pitch him against Read, Samo, Vermuelen (hell, even Kankovski and Keegan Daniel!), Fernandez Lobbe or Senatore, and you're in for a tough time!
Faletau is in bad form at the moment, so I'd guess Morgan would start and Heaslip would be his backup (Heaslip is one hell of a player and athlete, but his smaller stature has prevented him to impose himself on his opposite nr8 recently)
11 Months, 2 Weeks ago
What a bullet! And what a fast learner! 12 weeks and he's off at the World Sevens circuit! Cheeky too, allways trying to get aroung players to get behind the posts. As a portuguese, you really understand how valuable but underrated conversions are in 7s and how many times they can take you to a 1 point win.
This is actually the game breaking quality dormant in the US through time. They are a nation with a huge sporting tradition, where many people activelly try to get into pro sport but many just fade after failling to get into the NFL, NHL, etc. If rugby there starts evolving at grassroots and they start taping into the natural ability of guys from football, track, lacrosse and all those, they have the potential to be world beaters in 10, 15 years time
11 Months, 4 Weeks ago
Gotta love the "consistency" of citing comitees!
- Banahan banned for 3 weeks - I can understand that. Didnt look malicious, but it was certainly reckless play that endangered Allen. Banahan overrun his man and just threw an arm out. He has the the duty of care, so he gets a ban for knocking Allen out. Fine. Move on.
- Deacon banned for 1 week - Well, it's really really harsh to ban someone for what looked like a slap. He was given a red card, was that not dealling with it sufficiently?
- Here's the kicker in all this -> Louw get NO BAN - I'm a big fan of Louw but this is ridiculous from the citing comitees. Deacon gets 1 week for striking, Banahan gets 3 for unintentionally but recklesstly tackling high, and Louw gets away with intentional elbow to the face? Lord have mercy! The liner didn't even hesitate and promptly said that it had been intentional and recommended a red card! What's the factor here? It's only worth a ban if it's on tv and people make a big deal out of it? Is elbowing someone in the face not striking (and potentially more dangerous than a punch)? The way flying elbows and dropping elbows to the face are being managed this year is just RIDICULOUS! 1 week for a slap on the face, only 2 for a flying elbow (no excuse for that, if you want to clear an offside player, just ruck him, dont lunge elbow first towards his face, you damn thug) and 0 for droping an elbow on the face of someone lying on the floor? For once I think that we aren't being strict enough. I think we'll need someone to get a concussion from an elbow in the face to start paying atention. Either that or having someone who is not south african elbow someone!
1 Year, 6 Days ago
You're right! How dare I confuse the electric midget with someone else!
1 Year, 1 Week ago
Congrats to my countrymen, getting out alive of arguably the Pool of Death and leaving 2 favourites behind in the process. Now in all seriousness, a reflection of the investment we have been putting in the national squads and on up-and-coming youngsters. Very young team, with at least 3 teenagers, guided by the masterming Pedro Cabral. Not so sure about the All Blacks game, though
1 Year, 1 Week ago
So, mr Bosch, you are fine with tackling in The Rugby Championship (and doing a damn good job at it against the world's finest), but tackling Henry Tuilagi is where you draw the line? I can't say I blame you, I'd rather jump in front of a train than in front of Tuilagi
1 Year, 1 Week ago
As in most times, I have to agree with stroudos. I can't really see what's so wrong with these boys relaxing between training sessions, or why would you call them footballers with no camaraderie. Honestly, if anything they seem contrived by being on camera and with this appealing woman conducting the proceedings. Think about your trips with your rugby team, or when you go out at night. I think most of us would have a couple of stories of "midget-tossing-in-new-zealand" level. Even knowing they are professionals, they remain human. They have an extremelly demanding job in terms of physical and even mental stress, coupled with a huge pressure to perform individually and collectively. At the end of the day they are entitled to blow off some steam, provided they keep a notion of decency. Despite all the problems they had, I thought the RWC edition of Inside Line was brilliant. Full of banter, some comedy bits, camaraderie, as you say (no better teambuilding than almost crapping your pants in this huge bungee jump or in a vintage car trip). I have to agree that Heally was better as a better option. He knows how a team works, the players respect him and he himself is a cheeky bastard. Also, even if not at a conscious level, the fact that Healy is a guy and that Layla is a girl causes huge changes in attitude from the players and how relaxed they are during the "proceedings"
1 Year, 2 Weeks ago