Which test was Andrew Hore ABs captain for?
It was a club game.
Can't believe people are seriously suggesting that Steve Hansen has not called up Akira Ioane because he is saving him for the Maori team. Is there any precedent to back up this theory? Luke Whitelock has outplayed Ioane at both Super Rugby and Mitre 10 Cup levels this year, and that's why he's been selected.
How does that pie taste?
Apparently BOD was a pundit on the Irish coverage and didn't take the result well. If anyone has the footage and can post it I will be eternally grateful
Was on the ITV coverage.
He had the look of a man who's swallowed a wasp during during a live TV interview and that distracted him from the fact he's also having a severe bowel spasm.
A quarter final exit is an Irish tradition isn’t it?
Planet Rugby’s Ireland fans are still delivering gold
“We knew all of this in advance.
That’s why Joe player what he felt was his best team.
In cooler weather, better ref, neutral location both teams given the same amount of rest and our B team puts 40 points on them.
Do we really think that Japan making the quarters wasn’t just what WR wanted?
At this rate Japan might make the semis or better.
Reminds me of Korea/Japan WC in the football.”
Also a whole thread about how bent Gardner is
I don’t remember bok fans being this graceless at all and their team came back and gave ours a hell of a game in the semis.
I hope Heneke Meyer had a smile on his face last night .
The only downside for Japan is no one in their pool is going to take them lightly so they’ll be playing their top side if possible.
As a neutralish observer (I was obviously backing Japan) I didn't notice any obvious issues with the officiating. Did anyone? (Haven't read the thread.)
What are their specific whinge? Or is it just victim mentality?
Some of them have been saying Japan had an advantage because they play in the super rugby comp and are more used to the way Gardner refs .
Victim mentality, delusions of grandeur or just ungracious arseclowns? Take your pick
According to comments on the42 Ireland were beaten by some fella called Hugh Middity.
He wasn’t on the team sheets but must have been there because everyone is saying “Hi, Hugh Middity”
Can someone please correct this thread title. It is doing my head in.
Freedom of speech still exists - anyone (in most countries) - anyone is free to say anything. What happens as a consequence is the debated point
A society where you can lose your job for legally expressing an opinion is not a society which has freedom of speech.
Sportsmen and woman who express an opinion and speak out for gay rights (rightly) aren't dropped from their teams - but those with an opposite view are.
As you say, sport reflects society.
Legally, I can call my boss a fucking piston wristed gibbon. I can shout it from the rooftops if I want, legally.
Freedom of speech means I can’t lose my job?
It would help us enormously if we knew who you worked for.
SBW is there over Laumape for a number of reasons (experience in general, experience at RWCs) but most importantly he is the better player for the gameplay and structure.
He is there to be in pod one which involves bending the line and recycling quickly out to the second playmaker.
NL is great at bending the line but his ball handling is not at SBWs level.
I probably would have had NL there over Crotty but concede that loses some squad flexibility.
NL is just unlucky not undeserving
@Bovidae Julia Dean and Fur Patrol
This led me to discover that Julia is still making good music and looking quite milfy too!
Also in the good lookers basket Fiona McDonald and Headless Chickens (love her stuff with Strawpeople as well)
@Bones I started going in 7th form on Wednesdays for cheap drinks and a 10 minute train ride back to Lower Hutt. I could go for a couple hours and still be ok for school the next day lol.
Ten minutes from the Tote only gets you to Epuni! Trentham would have seemed classy by comparison
@MN5 it was a troll. I fucken hate the exponents. I remember going to the Tote one time and they were playing. I sang along like a c&nt all to try and get a bit of chick I knew was going. The gig was better than the sex.
Your mistake was going to the Tote!
Be a bit farcical though wouldn't it? I mean I'd be buying tickets like everyone else but the other three nations aren't likely to be exactly match hardened.
Ozzie will be, as much as us. Boks and Pumas, maybe not so muc. But it will be revenue shared, and those guys are as desperate as us for money
Yeah. We would be heavy favourites though. Home games and quite a bit more decent rugby under the belts.