2018 November Internationals



  • @stargazer said in 2018 November Internationals:

    Tonga team to play the French Barbarians:

    1 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 10. Kurt Morath, , 12. Siale Piutau (c),

    1. Ben Tameifuna, 21. Leon Fukofuka

    I need to follow PI rigby closer. The above are the only names I (think) I have ever heard of previously.



  • By the way, I've been keeping the test schedule and team lists up-to-date. Link for whoever is interested:



  • Manu Samoa team to play USA:

    1 Logovi’i Mulipola (Newcastle Falcons, UK)
    2 Motu Matu’u (London Irish,UK)
    3 Paul Alo-Emile (Stade Francaise, FRANCE)
    4 Kane Leaupepe (Bay of Plenty, NZ)
    5 Filo Paulo (London Irish, UK)
    6 Josh Tyrell (Doncaster, UK)
    7 Jack Lam (captain) (Bristol Rugby Club, UK)
    8 Faifili Levave (Auckland, NZ)
    9 Melani Matavao (Otago, NZ)
    10 Tusi Pisi (Bristol Rugby Club, UK)
    11 JJ Taulagi (Hawkes Bay, NZ)
    12 Alapati Leiua (Bristol Rugby Club, UK)
    13 Rey Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues, WALES)
    14 Ed Fidow (Aix Marseille, France)
    15 Ah See Tuala (Northampton, UK)
    16 Ray Niuia (North Harbour, NZ)
    17 Jordan Lay (Bristol, UK)
    18 James Lay (Bay of Plenty, NZ)
    19 Ben Nee-Nee (North Harbour, NZ)
    20 Iakopo Petelo-Mapu (Aana Chiefs, Samoa)
    21 Dwayne Polataivao (Northcote, NZ)
    22 D’Angelo Leuila (Papatoetoe, NZ)
    23 Stacey Ili (Hawkes Bay, NZ)

    http://www.manusamoa.com/news-sru?fbclid=IwAR2GMGVkzdN480dDXWmIl47XA-ifzBZqayPfooncWtAFC-xG5eBrTjJwrEc



  • @booboo Leva Fifita is Vaea's older brother. He played for Waikato in 2016-17.

    Zane Kapeli is ex Waikato and North Harbour and now BOP, Vaeno plays for Taranaki and was in the Chiefs squad in 2016.



  • @booboo Here's a link to an article with the line-up that inludes the clubs of most players: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/375454/sport-five-players-set-for-ikale-tahi-debut

    Lock Sam Ulufonua played for the Magpies this season; prop Tolu Fahamokioa is a Wellington player.





  • Referees and coaches unified on approach to continued focus areas including foul play and head contact

    Referees and coaches involved in the November window have met ahead of the opening round of test matches this weekend, furthering ongoing commitment to open dialogue and alignment.

    With a busy window of more than 60 men's and women's matches kicking off on Friday, the regular workshop enables referees and coaches to consider key areas of game-management and coaching approach. November focus areas include foul play, the scrum pre-feed, offside at the tackle and ruck and closing the gap in the lineout.

    While the approach for November is one of ‘no change’ to recent international windows, World Rugby re-emphasised its 'zero-tolerance' expectation regarding the officiating of foul play in the interests of player welfare.

    Following a review of recent matches, including those outside the window last weekend, match officials were reminded of their obligations in sanctioning illegal no arms tackles, high tackles and charging with the forearm or elbow, as the international federation furthers its commitment to evidence-based head injury prevention. This was also reinforced at a highly-productive match officials/disciplinary workshop.

    World Rugby High Performance 15s Match Officials Manager Alain Rolland also outlined the revised Television Match Official (TMO) protocol trial that will operate at tier one hosted tests from this weekend (read the details here).

    Match official focus areas as agreed and calibrated in advance of the 2018 Six Nations

    • Scrum: The match officials are looking for infringements including pre-engagement, pushing early, crooked feeds, non-hooking and wheeling
    • Lineout: The match officials are looking for infringements including closing, stepping or running into the gap before the ball is thrown in
    • Space: Match officials are looking for infringements that close space, including from kick-offs and kicks and at the tackle/ruck and maul
    • Penalty tries: A penalty try will be awarded if an act of foul play prevents a probable try
    • Foul play: Match officials will be vigilant for ball carriers who lead into contact with the elbow or forearm to the neck or head, no arms tackles (Law 9.16), high tackles (Law 9.13), neck rolls and ruck-charging




  • @mikedogz ummmm.....700km? Are they in Edinburgh?



  • @booboo Or more Mitre 10 Cup haha most of these guys have played in that comp.



  • The USA v Samoa test will be livestreamed on the World Rugby website in all countries, except USA, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal and Netherlands (despite the test not being broadcast in NZ).

    If you're outside these countries, or know how to un-geoblock, it's possible that the test is also streamed via World Rugby's YouTube channel.



  • noticed in all the days games the frustrating habits of 9s going to rucks and falling over players exiting rucks. Glad refs are not falling for it. but is getting worse.



  • @98blueandgold said in 2018 November Internationals:

    noticed in all the days games the frustrating habits of 9s going to rucks and falling over players exiting rucks. Glad refs are not falling for it. but is getting worse.

    Care was desperately falling over the tackler in the ABs game.

    Soccer bullshit should be penalised.



  • @booboo said in 2018 November Internationals:

    @98blueandgold said in 2018 November Internationals:

    noticed in all the days games the frustrating habits of 9s going to rucks and falling over players exiting rucks. Glad refs are not falling for it. but is getting worse.

    Care was desperately falling over the tackler in the ABs game.

    Soccer bullshit should be penalised.

    Aaron Smith and Genia do it too, constantly. Annoying little fuckers



  • @tordah said in 2018 November Internationals:

    @booboo said in 2018 November Internationals:

    @98blueandgold said in 2018 November Internationals:

    noticed in all the days games the frustrating habits of 9s going to rucks and falling over players exiting rucks. Glad refs are not falling for it. but is getting worse.

    Care was desperately falling over the tackler in the ABs game.

    Soccer bullshit should be penalised.

    Aaron Smith and Genia do it too, constantly. Annoying little fuckers

    Halfbacks.

    Tautology.



  • @booboo said in 2018 November Internationals:

    @98blueandgold said in 2018 November Internationals:

    noticed in all the days games the frustrating habits of 9s going to rucks and falling over players exiting rucks. Glad refs are not falling for it. but is getting worse.

    Care was desperately falling over the tackler in the ABs game.

    I liked how it was deal with; Care wasn't impeded from his ability to get to the the ball. I see refs are becoming less lenient on halfbacks milking those sorts of shit penalties.

    Soccer bullshit should be penalised.

    It effectively was; Care slowed up England's ball by doing so.



  • Acres of empty seats at Paris. Got me curious to see the crowds for all the games on the weekend.

    A very neat (and maybe optimistic) exactly 50k at Paris allegedly.
    Great crowd at Edinburgh (capacity).
    10k under capacity at Cardiff.
    Twickenham and Lansdowne Road at capacity.

    France v South Africa - Paris - 50,000
    England v New Zealand - London - 82,149
    Wales v Australia - Cardiff - 64,110
    Ireland v Argentina - Dublin - 52,000
    Scotland v Fiji - Edinburgh - 67,144
    Italy v Georgia - Florence - 18,424



  • @rapido said in 2018 November Internationals:

    Acres of empty seats at Paris. Got me curious to see the crowds for all the games on the weekend.

    A very neat (and maybe optimistic) exactly 50k at Paris allegedly.
    Great crowd at Edinburgh (capacity).
    10k under capacity at Cardiff.
    Twickenham and Lansdowne Road at capacity.

    France v South Africa - Paris - 50,000
    England v New Zealand - London - 82,149
    Wales v Australia - Cardiff - 64,110
    Ireland v Argentina - Dublin - 52,000
    Scotland v Fiji - Edinburgh - 67,144
    Italy v Georgia - Florence - 18,424

    Wales rarely sells out for Aus or SA. Only Six Nations and NZ.



  • Citing

    Eroni Vasiteri (Fiji)
    Fiji player Eroni Vasiteri has been cited by independent Citing Commissioner Andy Blyth (England) for an alleged act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) during the test match between Scotland and Fiji on 10 November.
    The hearing will take place on 13 November in London and will be heard by an independent panel comprising Charles Cuthbert (UAE, Chair), Donal Courtney (Ireland) and Mike Rafter (England).



  • Decision

    Eroni Vasiteri (Fiji)
    
    An independent judicial committee has cleared Eroni Vasiteri of Fiji to play following a disciplinary hearing on 13 November, 2018 in London.
    
    Vasiteri was cited for an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13* following the November test between Scotland and Fiji at Murrayfield on 10 November, 2018. His case was heard by an independent judicial committee chaired by Charles Cuthbert (UAE), alongside Donal Courtney (Ireland, former international referee) and Mike Rafter (England, former international player).
    
    The player denied he had committed the act of foul play. Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, the committee deemed that the alleged offence had been an act of foul play, but did not pass the ‘red card test’ and thus did not warrant any further sanction.
    
    Vasiteri is free to resume playing with immediate effect.
    
    The full written decision is available here.
    
    *Law 9.13 states: ‘A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously. Dangerous tackling includes but is not limited to tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders.’