NH club rugby



  • @derm-mccrum

    Those are the sort of guys I'd be happy to see progress through the union paths.

    Fortunately Ian Ritchie jumped ship from RFU CEO to EPR CEO, so he is now working against the unions on behalf of English clubs. So he won't be heading down the WR career path. Although TBH I don't know if he was actually a good administrator/executive or not, but he was a hopeless 'diplomat'.

    I read on an English rugby message board a rumour that his replacement, current RFU CEO Steve Brown, when he was in his previous position of CFO forgot to account for the fact that Twickenham doesn't host 3 November internationals in a RWC year. This combined with the East Stand cost overruns is the reason for their cashflow crunch at the RFU and all the grassroots staff layoffs.

    I'm not sure if this is true or no, but is funny. I think I read it on the Wasps fan site when I was looking up Wasps after they missed their bond conditions earlier this year.



  • @rapido
    And yet the fools at SARU believe this will be better than SANZAAR



  • @antipodean said in NH club rugby:

    Connor Murray's secretive neck injury getting more press. Rumours he's off to join mates in France after the RWC.

    On the other hand, he may have signed a new 3-year contract last month with Munster/Ireland to play there until at least June 2022.

    Who knows...



  • The timecode on this is important. Go to 1:34:14 and watch from there.



  • James Lowe's Leinster thrashing Brad and Lima's Wasps.

    Sopoaga is a pretty average 10 these days, hasn't offered a lot and got himself a YC for a deliberate slap down.



  • Leinster were always going to thrash them, they're the best club team in Europe, maybe the world. Wasps are in a rut this season. With soapy, and his honest 'I'm here for the mega bucks for my family', you wonder if the fire isn't there any more. So often it's mental intensity and attitude that make the greatest teams and players, and he showed that living the dream - play making for the ABs in SA. But once it was about the money, that last few percent must go and such players go back into the pack. Not all, but a lot do, I reckon.



  • @machpants said in NH club rugby:

    Leinster were always going to thrash them, they're the best club team in Europe, maybe the world. Wasps are in a rut this season. With soapy, and his honest 'I'm here for the mega bucks for my family', you wonder if the fire isn't there any more. So often it's mental intensity and attitude that make the greatest teams and players, and he showed that living the dream - play making for the ABs in SA. But once it was about the money, that last few percent must go and such players go back into the pack. Not all, but a lot do, I reckon.

    Sopoaga was great about 3 years back...he was pretty poor in his last season in NZ. Wasps signed an expensive lemon I'd say.

    Lowe is going great guns for Leinster.



  • I thought Hika Elliott was about to retire after Oyonnax couldn't retain him after they were relegated from the Top 14 to the Pro D2. He was without a contract for a while, spent quite some time back in the Bay (even playing club rugby), but now he's signed with Pro D2 club Nevers (injury replacement).

    Nevers sit 2nd on the Pro D2 table, one point behind competition leaders Mont-de-Marsan (just beaten by Nevers on Thursday).



  • @billy-tell said in NH club rugby:

    James Lowe's Leinster thrashing Brad and Lima's Wasps.

    Eh, that would be Leo Cullen’s Leinster - make no mistake.



  • @billy-tell said in NH club rugby:

    James Lowe's Leinster thrashing Brad and Lima's Wasps.

    Sopoaga is a pretty average 10 these days, hasn't offered a lot and got himself a YC for a deliberate slap down.

    Presumably a slap down which went forwards.

    Slapping down itself is legal.



  • @chester-draws said in NH club rugby:

    @billy-tell said in NH club rugby:

    James Lowe's Leinster thrashing Brad and Lima's Wasps.

    Sopoaga is a pretty average 10 these days, hasn't offered a lot and got himself a YC for a deliberate slap down.

    Presumably a slap down which went forwards.

    Slapping down itself is legal.

    [semantics]deliberate knock on[\semantics]



  • @billy-tell said in NH club rugby:

    @chester-draws said in NH club rugby:

    @billy-tell said in NH club rugby:

    James Lowe's Leinster thrashing Brad and Lima's Wasps.

    Sopoaga is a pretty average 10 these days, hasn't offered a lot and got himself a YC for a deliberate slap down.

    Presumably a slap down which went forwards.

    Slapping down itself is legal.

    [semantics]deliberate knock on[\semantics]

    We've had posters thinking a slap down that goes backwards is a penalty. Using the correct offence helps prevent that.



  • @chester-draws no we havent, I am one of the ones who has commented on a negative slap back and never have I confused the 2.



  • @machpants Leinster looked fantastic last night. Far, far, far too good for Wasps. Sopoaga looked like he was still lost in Coventry IKEA.

    Ex-England Coach Stuart Lancaster doing a great job with the Irish province. Leinster against the Crusaders if it ever happened would be a good game



  • Romain Poite is KO’d by Leinster flanker



  • From 'Rugby onslaught' website: https://rugbyonslaught.com/

    "James Lowe smokes Wasps like a fine ass Cuban cigar"



  • Piss poor defence



  • Just watched Kaino and Faumauina's Toulouse take on Bath at home at the Rec. Fairly good game to watch, Bath (or should I say Freddie Burns) butchered that game though, Burns missed 2 piss easy sitters from more or less 30m in front of the posts, and then went onto to knock-on in the act of placing the ball - when he was home and dry and clear over the line, which would have taken Bath out of reach for the win easily, absolutely unforgiveable from Burns (I hope England select him for the Autumn Internationals mwhaaa)
    Anyway Kaino especially still looked in pretty good nick, picked up a dodgy YC from a hometown ref for doing what Kaino does best, bloody hard offensive defence - jeez he wouldn't look out of place in a black shirt, and we could sure do with him - certainly still has the desire and energy, Faumauina also put in a decent shift carting the ball up and as always in the scrum. Still just leaves me wiondering about what might have been had they both stayed on a little longer. Still never mind. Onwards and upwards.



  • Freddie Burns showing the dangers of premature celebration:



  • @daffy-jaffy

    Did someone say Lowe would not play for Ireland? I bet on it from the day he signed the contract .


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