2018 June Internationals



  • @billy-tell said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @mn5 said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @billy-tell said in 2018 June Internationals:

    It's a shame Russia is there - they are not very good, but basically got in because better teams fielded 1 or 2 ineligible players. They will be destroyed by all the teams in their pool.

    Reckon Japan can definitely beat Scotland.

    No fucken way.

    Hmmm. You just lost to the USA bro.

    I was hoping this post would be lost in cyberspace somewhere



  • @billy-tell said in 2018 June Internationals:

    It's a shame Russia is there - they are not very good, but basically got in because better teams fielded 1 or 2 ineligible players. They will be destroyed by all the teams in their pool.

    Reckon Japan can definitely beat Scotland.

    Looking a distinct possibility now

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/44465090



  • "It's ping pong out there. Where's Forrest Gump when you need him?"



  • Fiji stuff Georgia both in the backs and in the pack



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  • @stargazer said in 2018 June Internationals:

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    Some very interesting results there.



  • Canadian rugby has fallen off a cliff.



  • @mikethesnow Yes, especially the last two. How deep has Canada sunk? And, have Scotland travelled with their best possible squad, because that's a terrible result.

    Not really surprised by the win from Fiji. Georgia only narrowly beat Tonga last week (16 - 15).



  • @stargazer said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @mikethesnow Yes, especially the last two. How deep has Canada sunk? And, have Scotland travelled with their best possible squad, because that's a terrible result.

    Not really surprised by the win from Fiji. Georgia only narrowly beat Tonga last week (16 - 15).

    Deep

    Definitely not travelled with their best squad, but like England's loss to the Baa Baas, it shouldn't happen regardless of personnel.

    Was very surprised that Fiji won the scrum battle

    And whilst a narrow margin, Italy must have learned something from last week



  • H/L Japan v Italy



  • @stargazer said in 2018 June Internationals:

    H/L Japan v Italy

    Looked a good match.

    Some great passing for the tries.

    Stadium looked great too.



  • Next weekend's viewing will be very interesting for all sorts of reasons



  • I've seen a lot of people talking up that USA result, because it's the first time the USA have beaten a tier 1 nation.
    I'm wondering, how good are they really? Should we be concerned for the USA v Maoir ABs game in November (also considering that the new MABs coach selected a shit team last year with too few real outside backs and some of the better players being unavailable this year - Ngatai, D Pryor, J Hoeata, Franklin, West, Bateman, TTT and most likely Akira Ioane).



  • @stargazer said in 2018 June Internationals:

    I've seen a lot of people talking up that USA result, because it's the first time the USA have beaten a tier 1 nation.
    I'm wondering, how good are they really? Should we be concerned for the USA v Maoir ABs game in November (also considering that the new MABs coach selected a shit team last year with too few real outside backs and some of the better players being unavailable this year - Ngatai, D Pryor, J Hoeata, Franklin, West, Bateman, TTT and most likely Akira Ioane).

    I hope we should be 'concerned'. The USA game will be their only real hard match of the tour.

    Good work by the USA. I think the Americas Rugby Championship is huge for them. That's 5 extra tests per year outside the 2 international windows. They are playing Tier 1 quantities of test matches per year now (11 per year).

    Although this theory doesn't hold true for Canada ......

    Americas is a real rising continent in the game at the moment.

    Good work IRB in funding Americas Rugby Championship. I must admit when I first learnt that when Canada and USA were being withdrawn by from the Asia -Pacific IRB funded competitions that they were previously in that they would suffer. E.g. playing Brazil, Uruguay, Chile rather than Japan, Samoa etc. But they haven't.



  • @mikethesnow said in 2018 June Internationals:

    "It's ping pong out there. Where's Forrest Gump when you need him?"

    @MN5 first time in 94 years USA have beaten a Tier 1 team!



  • @rapido said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @stargazer said in 2018 June Internationals:

    I've seen a lot of people talking up that USA result, because it's the first time the USA have beaten a tier 1 nation.
    I'm wondering, how good are they really? Should we be concerned for the USA v Maoir ABs game in November (also considering that the new MABs coach selected a shit team last year with too few real outside backs and some of the better players being unavailable this year - Ngatai, D Pryor, J Hoeata, Franklin, West, Bateman, TTT and most likely Akira Ioane).

    I hope we should be 'concerned'. The USA game will be their only real hard match of the tour.

    Tour? I haven't seen any announcements about more games than the USA game. Who else are the MABs playing this year?



  • @stargazer said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @rapido said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @stargazer said in 2018 June Internationals:

    I've seen a lot of people talking up that USA result, because it's the first time the USA have beaten a tier 1 nation.
    I'm wondering, how good are they really? Should we be concerned for the USA v Maoir ABs game in November (also considering that the new MABs coach selected a shit team last year with too few real outside backs and some of the better players being unavailable this year - Ngatai, D Pryor, J Hoeata, Franklin, West, Bateman, TTT and most likely Akira Ioane).

    I hope we should be 'concerned'. The USA game will be their only real hard match of the tour.

    Tour? I haven't seen any announcements about more games than the USA game. Who else are the MABs playing this year?

    Brazil, and another South American team. I think it might be Chile (I think Uruguay are away on tour in November, so not them).



  • @rapido Cheers, I vaguely remember it being mentioned in the media now. It seems, it's not 100% certain yet, although I never know what to make of statements from NZR like these.

    Among those options included matches against Brazil and Chile, but these were yet to be finalised. South America Rugby president Sebastian Pineyrua seemed to confirm the fixtures, however New Zealand Rugby insists this confirmation is premature.
    



  • this can go inhere...



  • For anyone still wondering which test matches can be watched where and at which times, I've included the info that I could find again in the first post of this thread (also below the table for viewers outside NZ).