This points to the possibility of using dirt trackers from the ABs squad though.
A possibility for the AB XV game against Ireland A, as the ABs play Wales the following day. It appears that the AB test against Scotland and the NZ XV-Barbarians game is to be played at the same time.
I still dont see that as a problem. Lets say that the AB squad is 32/33. They will nail down 23 for the match and hold a couple if there are niggles but there will be players that can leave one camp and go to the other. If you look at the RC squad there were a whole bunch that were helping at training only.
Besides, I wouldn't be surprised if both squads are together as much as possible for opposed training and only moving to venue city two days before.
@KiwiPie He picked up an injury against Sweden and played with his calf and ankle heavily strapped against Norway (but still scored the winning goal his 50th for Serbia). He limped off on Saturday and there has been no real news from Fulham since.
The club have been pretty open about injuries to the likes of Wilson and Salomon this season so I am hopeful his substitution was preventative. Writing was on the wall by that stage. Newcastle were going to win so why run the risk. October is crucial for Fulham as we have a run of winnable games that could see us go a long way towards securing our place in the Premiership. Despite what some say we are not a one man team but we still wouldn't want to lose a guy that has been banging in goals at just under one a match for the last 18 months.
It is amusing how quickly the conversation has pivoted from Mitrovic can't score in the EPL to Fulham are nothing without his goals.
Side rant: as an admin for a small club, we've got a womens 7s side that has had varying degrees of success and participation the last 3 seasons (thanks COVID and Gen Z bitchiness). TBH we lack the volunteers to give it a full go, and the competition they play in is tournament Sundays where the mens play Saturdays.
I'm also a Board member for our Suburban comp and we've identified womens as very important to get going on Saturdays and play alongside the mens. Either as 7s (maybe longer halves) or 10s.
I have refereed a couple of the womens Sunday tournaments this year, as well as running one at our club. Every time the tournament notice goes out, clubs are told they need to supply an AR. The ones that usually do are Subbies clubs. Premier don't even give a fuck enough to supply more than a manager/coach on the day, and they're the fluffybunnies with all the money.
The Premier Rugby Board just expects everyone to turn up and fall over themselves to be part of their great "grassroots" rugby, instead of actually finding the means to make their operations sustainable. They've got no idea what grassroots means, they just wave the word around and complain that nobody funds their shitty product.
So things haven't changed since my days being involved over there NTA.😠
I'm not so sure. I think modern rugby is pretty much OK apart from 1-2 areas and generally better to watch over the years. I like the mix of skills on display - from set-pieces to backline moves and cover defence. That and the way the game can change in a very short time. While it caused problems in the past, the changes to protect player's heads seems to have settled down a fair bit.
I think there's too many cards though and the Red Card situation still needs sorting out to differentiate between malicious and careless/accidental acts. And stop the water-breaks and cynical time-wasting. I'd focus on the Refs to improve the game. Some are great, don't muck about and use the TMO well while others seem to want to refer everything upstairs, allow too many delays etc. No knocking them, just think focussing on refereeing can have a major positive impact
Finally, can we have a moratorium on rule changes for a few years? Even avid followers of the game have difficulty keeping up between competitions.
So, we've qualified for the Quarter-Finals, but why was Nisbo saying we're playing Wellington? I know it's unlikely that Counties beat Wellington, but if they do, the winner of Waikato v BOP will jump over Wellington on the table. So nothing is certain, yet.
@Dan54 I'd still have Rennie or Joseph over Foster. Any time.
I don't have a problem with that NZZP, as I said I liked Joseph, and would have him over Rennie. I think he has made a bit of difference to Japan, actually got them to QF in WC. Rennie I don't dislike by any means, but can't actually see a lot (if any) to Wallabies since he took over, so reserve judgement. But regardless neither were available.
I not for or against Foster either, I wasn't part of board that interviewed him etc, so don't know what or wasn't said to get him appointed.
THe worst ever HB Tipping Team result two weeks ago was surpassed last week with an even worse drubbing against the same opposition. However they may have fallen into our trap of being the only team still in the running to win two NPC Team Tipping Trophies after the demise of Minor Premiers Wairarapa-Bush in a big upset after the very late Southland penalty turn what was looking like a narrow win of Harbour-Auckland into a narrow loss for them. We have the Minor Premiership Wooden Spoon safely tucked away and now only have to find a way to lose to Northland to annex the Real Wooden Spoon. Things are looking quite promising on that score with jus usual chain dragging me being the only one to tip so far
EDIT As I write this @stockcar86 has just fronted. That is a good indication that, like me, he too is getting in early to ensure he can get to McLean Park early to get his pick of what is expected to be a large number of unoccupied seats given the not so friendly weather conditions here today.
Just waiting to see if the likes of @Paj@delicatessen@Stargazer and @BorderJB can get their tips in in time for all games to count. It would be a shame to make it obviously something devious was afoot if we fronted four tippers short to ensure we win The Spoon, especially so when we have had not much trouble getting toppled each week with enough counting scorers anyway!
Naturally a HB 17+ margin is expected but you will not be voodoo pinned if you opt for just a home 9 - 16. Interesting a late surge (well two tippers anyway) have opted for Tasman as the lowest scorers for the round. Disappointingly neither of those are members of the HB Tipping Team!
The Jordan De Goey saga continues. He’s a very good big body mid and Saints could do with one or two of those. But he seems a bit of an egg.
AFL do it better than any other sport in OZ and know how to stay in the news even after their big dance.
I think that has a lot to do with the appetite to be in the news. There's no down side for having bad press for the sport, in the southern states especially. There's no competition. Fans will still love the sport, just develop more hate for the other club that is seen as the villain in this particular story.
So where say rugby may down play a transfer story, AFL will play it up.
@kiwiinmelb Haha, not that it mattered, but that's boxing for you, the worse you look in fights, the more likely you are to land fights on a fairer playing field.
The funniest case being the start of Wilder v Fury. Fury had come off a 3 year layoff on drugs and alcohol binges with 2 lackluster wins over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta, Wilder's team thought he'd be an easy touch with obvious name value to strengthen his case for being the A side against AJ at the time, and let's just say it was a cherry pick gone wrong for him.
Fury is like a Guy Ritchie movie just larger and more full on.
knowing something is coming and doing something about it are two very different things. Big body running straight is a key rugby requirement at the top level. Then if they doubleteam/stack a defence, space is created elsewhere.
Bring it on, JB at 12, Hayman at 8, 2023 is ours
Dagg to 10 and Messam to centre. Mealamu to openside
The crop of commentators at the moment are all shocking imo.
Marshal makes me want to find him and sock him.
Nisbo should have retired 10 years ago.
Johnson average at best.
Jk one of the few I don't mind
Wilson ok but very biased
Mills sounds about as intellectual as a five year old.
Rikki s average
Laban is way to over eager at times.
Hames waaaaay to much dribble and is an extremely boring talker
Parsons like Hames but more thick
SBW sounds like a complete retard
Mertens total windger
Harrison excessively biased
Can't remember the rest (yes I know some are aussies)
Well I like Mils, Laban (I don't mind someone who actually knows where players come from and loves the game) and Hames maybe boring to you, but I find interesting as he knows the laws and game, same as Parsons he knows the game.
I don't need the commentators to be exactly as I want, and actually enjoy the difference, and if one or two annoy me now and then just kind of shrug my shoulders. I pretty easy to please, as I take much more notice of what I see anyway, not what I hear, think it's why I like watching games live at park.