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    @Crucial

    I'm happy to acknowledge folks who're Dual Nationals, Refugee backgrounds etc who have varied and complex backgrounds
    Something I understand very well

    Bralley was ENG U20 player & was the bloody Captain
    Also capped throughout ENG age group level

    I can not tolerate Bralley then not being good enough for ENG & playing for Italy Fuck Outta Here!!!

    Once you commit at U20 level you don't change national allegiances in Int'l Rugby

    Heinz is a mercenary pure & simple Having a granny who lived in ENG 70+ years ago ain't going to cut it

    Int'l Rugby is not a playground for 2nd rate players to play for Inferior nations to play at RWC and earn some extra coin



  • @Jaguares4real said in NH International Rugby:

    @Crucial

    I'm happy to acknowledge folks who're Dual Nationals, Refugee backgrounds etc who have varied and complex backgrounds
    Something I understand very well

    Bralley was ENG U20 player & was the bloody Captain
    Also capped throughout ENG age group level

    I can not tolerate Bralley then not being good enough for ENG & playing for Italy Fuck Outta Here!!!

    Once you commit at U20 level you don't change national allegiances in Int'l Rugby

    Heinz is a mercenary pure & simple Having a granny who lived in ENG 70+ years ago ain't going to cut it

    Int'l Rugby is not a playground for 2nd rate players to play for Inferior nations to play at RWC and earn some extra coin

    That post is so fucked on so many levels I don’t know where to start.

    For starters you quite obviously don’t understand ‘complex backgrounds’ at all. Who are you to judge and ‘understand’ a particular person’s family dynamics.
    From what I understand Heinz’s grandmother is proud English and always lived in England. She has maintained and promoted that aspect of heritage with her grandchildren.
    An 18 or 19 year old will take any opportunity offered and not necessarily one that ends up one that defines their later life.
    If Heinz wants to play for an inferior nation ( 😉 ) then by definition he has been deemed at the level of that team.
    My only complaint about waka jumping comes when a player is offered a deal they can’t refuse that is probably against their desires.



  • @Jaguares4real said in NH International Rugby:

    @Daffy-Jaffy

    Italians taking the piss again with Mercenary players

    Callum Braley born and bred in ENG

    ENG U20 captain but has a Italian granddad so plays for Italy 🤡 🤡

    This quote below is disgusting Int'l Rugby not a shopping centre where you
    pick & choose what nation you want to to play and game the system

    “As a kid I always dreamt of playing international rugby and I always knew that could be two avenues
    so it’s one of them, whichever came first and gave me that opportunity and believed in me the most,”

    Ummmmmm who the hell are you to say what someone thinks ?

    If god forbid I was anywhere near good enough to play international Rugby I could have gone for the country I love and have lived in most of my life ( New Zealand ) or where my old man was born and one which I'm fiercely proud of my heritage ( Scotland ).

    If you've got the family ties then fucken do it, I have nothing but respect for the Leslie brothers, Gordon Simpson, Brendan Laney and many others for what they gave to the blue jersey.


  • Banned

    @Crucial

    You have your experience

    I have mine



  • @Jaguares4real said in NH International Rugby:

    @Crucial

    You have your experience

    I have mine

    It’s nothing to do with personal experience. What the fuck are you on about?



  • Pretty sad.





  • Great country the little I've seen, great people.

    Would love to travel to Georgia for a 7-nations match and then go skiing.



  • @MiketheSnow we had them in my area during the 2011 RWC. So the Council and local businesses produced Georgia supporting t-shirts, all the kids were wearing them. We had parades and huge dinner nights etc. Great bunch, they were pretty shocked!



  • @MN5 said in NH International Rugby:

    @Jaguares4real said in NH International Rugby:

    @Daffy-Jaffy

    Italians taking the piss again with Mercenary players

    Callum Braley born and bred in ENG

    ENG U20 captain but has a Italian granddad so plays for Italy 🤡 🤡

    This quote below is disgusting Int'l Rugby not a shopping centre where you
    pick & choose what nation you want to to play and game the system

    “As a kid I always dreamt of playing international rugby and I always knew that could be two avenues
    so it’s one of them, whichever came first and gave me that opportunity and believed in me the most,”

    Ummmmmm who the hell are you to say what someone thinks ?

    If god forbid I was anywhere near good enough to play international Rugby I could have gone for the country I love and have lived in most of my life ( New Zealand ) or where my old man was born and one which I'm fiercely proud of my heritage ( Scotland ).

    If you've got the family ties then fucken do it, I have nothing but respect for the Leslie brothers, Gordon Simpson, Brendan Laney and many others for what they gave to the blue jersey.

    At the end of the day it is professional sport and you do what is best for your career, sure it is a bonus and privilege if you can do it for your country of birth. Look at other sports, football, cricket even



  • Good piece on the rise and rise and rise of the Welsh national side over the last 18 months:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/49412515



  • Nigel Owens to make history by being first referee to officiate in a match involving their own country

    Wales v Barbarians at the Principality Stadium on 30 November 2019

    Pivac v Gatland

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/nigel-owens-referee-wales-first-16863536?fbclid=IwAR2W_N5UzOJIL22m8N3R3L2BpDlBjQGSTiQdcWg3XG5GhYgAcOjpjjo9RiU



  • @MiketheSnow First time in the professional era maybe but certainly not the first time.

    Personally I would be more than happy to see Owens ref a match between Wales and the AB's. Rather have a competent "home" ref than a mumpty neutral.



  • @dogmeat said in NH International Rugby:

    @MiketheSnow First time in the professional era maybe but certainly not the first time.

    Personally I would be more than happy to see Owens ref a match between Wales and the AB's. Rather have a competent "home" ref than a mumpty neutral.

    Yes, of course



  • @dogmeat said in NH International Rugby:

    Personally I would be more than happy to see Owens ref a match between Wales and the AB's. Rather have a competent "home" ref than a mumpty neutral.

    Not for me in a test, especially at ref's home. Baabaas sure.
    It just opens the ref up to criticism of home town bias (or even the opposite from home fans). I don't think that it is fair on the ref.

    Nothing against Owens he's a good ref and I went and saw him speak (and sing a little) when he was in town awhile back. Interesting and entertaining guy.

    The other nations should be able to produce a decent neutral ref rather than a mumpty, and remove any question of bias. There is enough advantage playing at home with crowd, TB producers, no travel. Leave the refs out of it.



  • @Snowy said in NH International Rugby:

    Not for me in a test, especially at ref's home

    So...Owens or Garces?



  • @Snowy For sure. I don't think it would be fair on a ref to ask him to ref his home side. I was trying to keep my post pithy for once so didn't elaborate.

    @taniwharugby Owens every time



  • @Snowy in this day and age of pro refs I think home town bias is overstated. Endless replay, TMO and numerous camera angles means you can't get away with SA level cheating anymore



  • @canefan said in NH International Rugby:

    @Snowy in this day and age I think home town bias is overstated. Endless replay, TMO and numerous camera angles means you can't get away with SA level cheating anymore

    ah, yeah, right. Super Rugby season wasn't that long ago! Even this board lights right the fuck up when a hometown ref makes and "error"



  • @canefan said in NH International Rugby:

    @Snowy in this day and age of pro refs I think home town bias is overstated. Endless replay, TMO and numerous camera angles means you can't get away with SA level cheating anymore

    I never said that they were biased in the modern age and @mariner4life is correct in the post above. We have neutral refs in tests for a reason (that you mention).

    It doesn't change the fact that it gives media and fans the opportunity to criticise over contentious decisions - real or perceived - basically call them cheats when it was just an error. I am as bad as most people.

    I don't think that it is fair on the refs and therefore not a good idea.


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