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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:11 pm 
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Marlie Packer is out and out the best 7 in England in both the men and women's game.



I agree. However she can be headless on occasions, but in attack and in the rucks England do not appear to have another classic 7 who has the complete Openside CV. She's all over the pitch, high tackle rate turns over ball constantly, fast, always part of the attack. Only Izzy Noel-Smith comes close.

Separately I believe Poppy Cleall is a superior 8 to Sarah Hunter right now. She carries bigger, always makes big yards, is a massive danger in the rucks and upsets opponents as she plays on the edge of the laws. I think Hunter should go to 6. I also think Cleall's twin sister Bryony should be looked at by England for another big ball carrying 6/8 who is a pain in the rucks. But it's an interesting issue, best leader vs best player issue again.


I reckon Hunter could extend her career and allow for a more dynamic backrow by moving to lock. Taylor's, what, 36 now? Doing well. Not likely to be in the next WRWC, surely.


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The one where Sinckler admitted that he wanted to be a dinosaur when he grew up was such a hit with my mate and his kids that they yell to each other: "Get in the car! You are not a dinosaur!" if one of them is late packing in for a family outing. :lol:

The model clay one was savage for frank depictions of their mates: "Here's ____. You'll note the big beak and the hair pulled into a bun."


:lol: :lol: :lol: It does seem that a lot of fair banter goes round the england camp and they take it in good spirits. Deffo seems a very fun couple of squads to be part of.



That mate and I love these too and can't understand why others haven't copied. They have to be dead-easy to produce. The only social media I've seen in Canada recently are clips of provincial players doing the most incredibly basic drills. :?

We're talking about shooting our own to promote better practice (he's a uni women's coach so has the players and space), and might even get into focusing on the personalities, hopefully making local heroes of some of the athletes among the schools with promote them to.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:39 pm 
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Nieghorn wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:
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Marlie Packer is out and out the best 7 in England in both the men and women's game.



I agree. However she can be headless on occasions, but in attack and in the rucks England do not appear to have another classic 7 who has the complete Openside CV. She's all over the pitch, high tackle rate turns over ball constantly, fast, always part of the attack. Only Izzy Noel-Smith comes close.

Separately I believe Poppy Cleall is a superior 8 to Sarah Hunter right now. She carries bigger, always makes big yards, is a massive danger in the rucks and upsets opponents as she plays on the edge of the laws. I think Hunter should go to 6. I also think Cleall's twin sister Bryony should be looked at by England for another big ball carrying 6/8 who is a pain in the rucks. But it's an interesting issue, best leader vs best player issue again.


I reckon Hunter could extend her career and allow for a more dynamic backrow by moving to lock. Taylor's, what, 36 now? Doing well. Not likely to be in the next WRWC, surely.


That's a good call. They have tended to throw Cleall into lock to add bulk to the scrum but Hunter could be a good call, though, but she would have to get past Burnfield who is playing superbly right now and I think Abby Scott is nailed on.

It seems Taylor and Rocky will go on forever right now. I do believe New Zealand have a couple of players pushing 40 last world cup and I can see both players just being unwilling to quit rugby by choice, they seem to live for it and I don't think kids are on the agenda for either and they both a hugely respected in the England squad, I suspect they coach the youngsters a lot. Still it's a wonderful selection problem for them to have.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:53 pm 
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Well the 6 Nations finally kicks-off in 3 hours at 6PM on BBC Wales with Wales vs Scotland :nod:

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I know the French women's games will be shown live on French TV (TF4), but does anyone know if they will be streamed, so we can see them in the UK?


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I know the French women's games will be shown live on French TV (TF4), but does anyone know if they will be streamed, so we can see them in the UK?

maybe FFR.FR but likely geoblocked


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:50 pm 
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I know the French women's games will be shown live on French TV (TF4), but does anyone know if they will be streamed, so we can see them in the UK?

maybe FFR.FR but likely geoblocked


No I think about it, I recall the women's games were available on the 6N Youtube channel last year. Hopefully they'll do the same this year.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:00 pm 
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Wales/Scotland game on BBC 2 Wales now.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:01 pm 
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Lobby wrote:
I know the French women's games will be shown live on French TV (TF4), but does anyone know if they will be streamed, so we can see them in the UK?



Not sure, they all get made available on YouTube afterwards though.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:07 pm 
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How did Jodie Evans drop that x( She just needed to draw and pass but she got greedy. Wales had a superb maul there though.

Welsh scrum crushes the scottish one.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:14 pm 
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Excelllent Try for Wales. The best try I've seen through Wales backs hands in AGES!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:15 pm 
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eldanielfire wrote:
Excelllent Try for Wales. The best try I've seen through Wales backs hands in AGES!


Yeah they've made a few amateur mistakes but that was a really good try well made and well taken.


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Excelllent Try for Wales. The best try I've seen through Wales backs hands in AGES!


Yeah they've made a few amateur mistakes but that was a really good try well made and well taken.



The Welsh team is genuinely a work in progress. A couple of years ago the women's player base was literally in the hundreds in Wales but player numbers have exploded to like 10k. So much of the team is new or only a few years in. Last year they had the pack to grind out scores, but now they are making additions, and getting more skillful players developed. It's slowly starting to show through.


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8-0 Wales.


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Ref giving Scotland a lot of advantages and penalties from nothing IMO.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:40 pm 
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That was some good defence from the Welsh ladies.


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That was some good defence from the Welsh ladies.



Indeed. I can't believe how much they have improved in that area. Barely a tackle missed in the entire half.

FFS Jodie Evans, does she ever look outside herself? Doesn't want to pass then throws it away with the crap non-offload.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:46 pm 
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There's a lot of ideas in this Welsh team if not the execution.


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YES! TRY TO WALES! 13-0.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:51 pm 
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eldanielfire wrote:
YES! TRY TO WALES! 13-0.


She's a lump on the wing, shrugged off that Scottish tackle no problem. Wales really worth the lead they have at half time.


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bessantj wrote:
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YES! TRY TO WALES! 13-0.


She's a lump on the wing, shrugged off that Scottish tackle no problem. Wales really worth the lead they have at half time.



Debut try as well. Very promising talent I think.


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eldanielfire wrote:
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YES! TRY TO WALES! 13-0.


She's a lump on the wing, shrugged off that Scottish tackle no problem. Wales really worth the lead they have at half time.



Debut try as well. Very promising talent I think.


Yeah representing Wales at basketball and football, that's some talent.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:08 pm 
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Scotland hit right back, not letting the game go.


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And Wales with the reply, really ripping Scotland's narrow defense up when they suck in Scotland defenders.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:22 pm 
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The ref really tries to keep Scotland in the game at all times FFS!


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Great turnover by Phillips. The Welsh defense is immense. Hopefully they can get a 4th try for a bonus point.


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Great turnover by Phillips. The Welsh defense is immense. Hopefully they can get a 4th try for a bonus point.


They are giving Scotland very little in the 22.


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eldanielfire wrote:
Ref giving Scotland a lot of advantages and penalties from nothing IMO.



I hate when referees do that in women's games!

We were in a Prem final when our crossfitter Saffer openside smashed an opponent, nice and legal, leaving her sprawling and crying (youngster, out of her depth at that level, but coach's daughter... ). Ref and his assistant had a discussion and gave ours a yellow card. I normally never say a word on the touchlines, but saw what was coming when they started chatting so yelled, asking if it was high, a shoulder, a tip (it was none of those). :x

Had happened earlier in the season, too, when our national team 8 hit their scrum half hard, she put an arm down and broke her wrist. Low driving tackle, someone gets hurt, must be a yellow. :roll:


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Wales go to sleep again with poor decisions and give away another try. But surely forward from the 13 in the build-up?


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Thought that pass was forward, but looked fine second time. Scotland not giving this game up without a fight. Been as they managed to win it last season they could sneak this one with 20 mins left as well.


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Thought that pass was forward, but looked fine second time. Scotland not giving this game up without a fight. Been as they managed to win it last season they could sneak this one with 20 mins left as well.


Yes -backwards out the hands quite clearly


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Ref giving Scotland a lot of advantages and penalties from nothing IMO.



I hate when referees do that in women's games!

We were in a Prem final when our crossfitter Saffer openside smashed an opponent, nice and legal, leaving her sprawling and crying (youngster, out of her depth at that level, but coach's daughter... ). Ref and his assistant had a discussion and gave ours a yellow card. I normally never say a word on the touchlines, but saw what was coming when they started chatting so yelled, asking if it was high, a shoulder, a tip (it was none of those). :x

Had happened earlier in the season, too, when our national team 8 hit their scrum half hard, she put an arm down and broke her wrist. Low driving tackle, someone gets hurt, must be a yellow. :roll:


Doesn't help Scotland are killing the ball by flopping over it in the ruck and the ref is doing nothing.


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need the wingers to run better lines off Chloe Rollie, they're sticking too close and aren't a passing option once she makes a break


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Wales trying nearly as hard as the ref to give Scotland the chance to win. Wales desperately need an exit plan in defense.


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Come on ladies, you're letting Scotland right back into this game when you should be out of sight.


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Wales 18-17 Scotland

Fun enough game.


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Wales trying nearly as hard as the ref to give Scotland the chance to win. Wales desperately need an exit plan in defense.


Pathetic, utterly pathetic


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Considering that women's lower body strength is more equal to men's compared to upper body what's the main obstacle to them getting decent kicking distance? Just the leverages?


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Welsh women collapse the maul and the supposedly biased ref give them the scrum


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Considering that women's lower body strength is more equal to men's compared to upper body what's the main obstacle to them getting decent kicking distance? Just the leverages?


Still a massive gap.


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