England v South Africa



  • @nepia said in England v South Africa:

    I saw a tallish but not particularly large bloke in the gym a couple of months ago and was surprised that on closer inspection it was Dallaglio. I'd say he's lost a couple of stone since his playing days. So not too surprising Rassie does seem particularly large against AE who is 6' 4 1/2.



  • @pakman a number of those ex England guys are now into road cycling (including Dallaglio). Austin Healey and especially Martin Johnson are right into it and are at a pretty decent standard. Johnson was looking v slim last time I saw him on a bike.



  • My son works with quite a few ex players as a trainer to change their bodies for life after code. Gone are the days when an ex-player just goes to fat (unless that's their choice). Sports science is pretty good now on 'shifting' bulk or removing it gradually.
    Many do end up taking up other sports as they realise the competitive drive hasn't gone.



  • @billy-webb Another annoying thing about the game was the nothingness of the penalties that England scored off

    1 off side from a knockon
    2 off side where there was no pressure, just poor timing
    3 not sure, De Allende was disrupting with his boot, but again a nothing position in the middle of the pitch
    4 contact in the air at the line out (I thought that was soft, but Itoje gave away very soft one earlier) - missed
    5 - a scrum penalty that went the wrong way, but at least this one was in dangerous position ( we also scored from a incorrect call in the first half).

    It's not like we were robbed, just really soft points to concede, which sucks hairy ones.



  • @scribe a number of retired boks have taken up cycling, Joel Stransky, Rob Kempson and Victor Matfield all done the Cape Epic which is pretty extreme mtb challenge.



  • @sidbarret said in England v South Africa:

    @scribe a number of retired boks have taken up cycling, Joel Stransky, Rob Kempson and Victor Matfield all done the Cape Epic which is pretty extreme mtb challenge.

    That ride is insane (as are those that do it)



  • @crucial true, but doable by anyone with serious OCD.

    Beautiful as well



  • saw a pic of McCaw recently, and he has lost alot of his bulk...given he used to like running anyway, but now without the muscle he also needed he almost looks a bit too thin.



  • @taniwharugby said in England v South Africa:

    saw a pic of McCaw recently, and he has lost alot of his bulk...given he used to like running anyway, but now without the muscle he also needed he almost looks a bit too thin.

    He is doing is doing some serious enduro events so I imagine he will be trying to run as light as possible.



  • @hooroo oh yeah I realise that, still when you have seen him at his playing weight of around 110kg or whatever he was, he looks like he's probably down about 90kg, just doesnt look right



  • @sidbarret said in England v South Africa:

    @scribe a number of retired boks have taken up cycling, Joel Stransky, Rob Kempson and Victor Matfield all done the Cape Epic which is pretty extreme mtb challenge.

    Kempson was a lumpy unit in his playing days. Dallaglio and Warren Smith, the Ski Academy guy, for the last few years have ridden some of the Tour de France routes for various charities.