Meanwhile in Brazil.
I'm an old fashioned git too.
Useful or not as a rule, I suppose it does get kids used to following appearance rules for when they matter later in life. Be it hi-vis vests, or realising that facial tattoo's are fine so long as you don't then expect to work for Emirates, etc etc. I guess I'm also a grumpy old git who gets fed up of all such media stories trying to fuel outrage on relatively trivial matters...
Vaea Fifita: the Akira Ioane that they do pick...
@ACT-Crusader - Weka was one of the Thames Valley Mafia along with @Fonzie and Bart, but we co-opted them in as Bay fans . @aucklandwarlord was also on the terraces at Eden Park on a certain day that we might have mentioned once or twice. @King-Goober-XL was another regular Bay fan around that time.
In 2004 @bayimports finally got to (mostly) bury the memories - and end of game footage of him - from the stands at Eden Park in 1996...
Unlike Steve Braunias with his ongoing 'Secret Diary' series, @JP & I eventually figured out that there's only so many Day in the Life satires that you can write before you start repeating the same gags in a different guise. Think we did either five or six of them in the end - they were all a huge amount of fun to write - with plenty of stifled laughs at work as iterative e-mail versions were sent back and forth. The one for Phooey included a couple of local knowledge lines about the Hong Kong rugby scene from @BartMan - it was the first one we did and the content flowed quickly!
Mountie @brain-man made a few Bay related posts from London in the mid 2000's but was sadly lost to a car accident on the Kaimai ranges in 2009. For those in Hamilton there's a memorial bench dedicated to him outside College Hall on the Waikato Uni campus: https://www.wu.ac.nz/fmd/memorial_trees_plaques.shtml - Brains was a good keen Varsity man and an absolutely top bloke.
"Varsity W.U.R.F.C. Eat, Laugh, Drink, Play, Nude. In loving memory of Varsity Legend Matt 'Brains' Goodlet"
Been this theory going around as he was injured that a dit DMac would have made all the difference at RWC.
This game reveals that theory to be poke.
Yeah, let's ignore all games that DMac played (including tests) before injury and rate him on this abortion alone.
There were gaping holes in his game when he was good. People accepted them, or at least overlooked them, because of the positive impact his attack had.
He's been decidedly average this year and dogshit in this game. There's no upside to his play.
Defensively he’s always varied between someone who can hammer a big runner in the last line of defence, and at other times can look like a wet bus ticket attached to the end of a turnstile. A very gifted yet mercurial player.
Fucking dominating the scrum. I assume neither of your locks are named "Retallick".
Given his foodbill status for most of the last two Super Rugby seasons he might still be in the squad somewhere for all we’ve seen
Why did they schedule a test match in Wellington at the end of Feb??? Everyone know they Welly summer is between the 15-17th Jan every year.
I missed that memo, I just assumed there was no Wellington summer at all.