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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:44 am 
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My specialist just called so here is the status of each pitch.

Kumagaya and Hanazono are 100% natural turf and all the rest have hybrid turf, a mixture of the different products available. Yokohama Int'l had new turf laid a couple of weeks ago on the hybrid base and they replaced the maintenance company.


Cheers for the update :thumbup:
There was some discussion a couple of years back on the subject of "artificial" pitches causing injuries to players particularly the knees. There are many different variations of course so i'm not sure which ones were most complained about. One England club pitch in particular comes to mind may be Allianz Park where the GP Champions Saracens play, other teams dislike travelling there though may have that wrong, England/Saracen fans will know more.


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Kiwias wrote:
My specialist just called so here is the status of each pitch.

Kumagaya and Hanazono are 100% natural turf and all the rest have hybrid turf, a mixture of the different products available. Yokohama Int'l had new turf laid a couple of weeks ago on the hybrid base and they replaced the maintenance company.


Cheers for the update :thumbup:
There was some discussion a couple of years back on the subject of "artificial" pitches causing injuries to players particularly the knees. There are many different variations of course so i'm not sure which ones were most complained about. One England club pitch in particular comes to mind may be Allianz Park where the GP Champions Saracens play, other teams dislike travelling there though may have that wrong, England/Saracen fans will know more.


Hybrid turf largely avoids the issue of increased joint injuries that was common with the early artificial turfs. For all intents and purposes, the players are effectively playing on natural turf.


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Kiwias wrote:
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Kiwias wrote:
My specialist just called so here is the status of each pitch.

Kumagaya and Hanazono are 100% natural turf and all the rest have hybrid turf, a mixture of the different products available. Yokohama Int'l had new turf laid a couple of weeks ago on the hybrid base and they replaced the maintenance company.


Cheers for the update :thumbup:
There was some discussion a couple of years back on the subject of "artificial" pitches causing injuries to players particularly the knees. There are many different variations of course so i'm not sure which ones were most complained about. One England club pitch in particular comes to mind may be Allianz Park where the GP Champions Saracens play, other teams dislike travelling there though may have that wrong, England/Saracen fans will know more.


Hybrid turf largely avoids the issue of increased joint injuries that was common with the early artificial turfs. For all intents and purposes, the players are effectively playing on natural turf.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:00 pm 
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The French report that their training ground is of the highest quality. Very impressed.


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The French report that their training ground is of the highest quality. Very impressed.

anything is better than SDF and most likely the crowds are better too :lol:


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Aldi (UK) have got the RWC tops in, cheap enough at kids 9 quid ladies and gents 13 quid.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/da ... gby&page=0


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Aldi (UK) have got the RWC tops in, cheap enough at kids 9 quid ladies and gents 13 quid.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/da ... gby&page=0


£12.99 and nicer than any other replica jersey so far :lol:


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Sandstorm wrote:
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Aldi (UK) have got the RWC tops in, cheap enough at kids 9 quid ladies and gents 13 quid.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/da ... gby&page=0


£12.99 and nicer than any other replica jersey so far :lol:


The Scotland one makes me want to puke.


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Sandstorm wrote:
Bayern wrote:
Aldi (UK) have got the RWC tops in, cheap enough at kids 9 quid ladies and gents 13 quid.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/da ... gby&page=0


£12.99 and nicer than any other replica jersey so far :lol:

What is a quid?


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OomPB wrote:
Sandstorm wrote:
Bayern wrote:
Aldi (UK) have got the RWC tops in, cheap enough at kids 9 quid ladies and gents 13 quid.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/da ... gby&page=0


£12.99 and nicer than any other replica jersey so far :lol:

What is a quid?

A truncated squid

Or a pound


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:12 pm 
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Excellent thread OomPB


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Laurent wrote:
OomPB wrote:
Sandstorm wrote:
Bayern wrote:
Aldi (UK) have got the RWC tops in, cheap enough at kids 9 quid ladies and gents 13 quid.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/da ... gby&page=0


£12.99 and nicer than any other replica jersey so far :lol:

What is a quid?

A truncated squid

Or a pound

:thumbup: Cheers. Big money that. I am use to naira now. Working with different currencies can be stressful for a pen pusher like myself.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:18 pm 
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Sandstorm wrote:
Bayern wrote:
Aldi (UK) have got the RWC tops in, cheap enough at kids 9 quid ladies and gents 13 quid.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/da ... gby&page=0


£12.99 and nicer than any other replica jersey so far :lol:


Agree plus you get the legendary Aldi guarantee. Do you get Aldi in the Republic?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:19 pm 
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slick wrote:
Sandstorm wrote:
Bayern wrote:
Aldi (UK) have got the RWC tops in, cheap enough at kids 9 quid ladies and gents 13 quid.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/da ... gby&page=0


£12.99 and nicer than any other replica jersey so far :lol:


The Scotland one makes me want to puke.



:lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:54 pm 
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Posted this on another thread, but seeing as this is the official one

Not sure if there's a better thread for it but wondered if any Scots / Japanese fans who have QF tickets were interested in an arrangement to swap tickets based on who wins the group? I've tickets for the group winner QF, but if Ireland don't win it and are in the other QF I'd be looking to swap...


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Does anyone know how many non injured players are missing from the PI squads that could have been there but are not ? Fiji seem to have a reasonable team but surely Tonga could be stronger along with Samoa ? Not mentioning the number of Fijians playing on residency grounds for other teams. A crying shame really.


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Has anyone done a list of the must see group stage games?


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OomPB wrote:
Sandstorm wrote:
Bayern wrote:
Aldi (UK) have got the RWC tops in, cheap enough at kids 9 quid ladies and gents 13 quid.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/da ... gby&page=0


£12.99 and nicer than any other replica jersey so far :lol:

What is a quid?


Less than a Sterling Pound.


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OomPB wrote:
Laurent wrote:
OomPB wrote:
Sandstorm wrote:
Bayern wrote:
Aldi (UK) have got the RWC tops in, cheap enough at kids 9 quid ladies and gents 13 quid.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/da ... gby&page=0


£12.99 and nicer than any other replica jersey so far :lol:

What is a quid?

A truncated squid

Or a pound

:thumbup: Cheers. Big money that. I am use to naira now. Working with different currencies can be stressful for a pen pusher like myself.


Used to be big money, but if you wait till after October 31st, it will become excellent value.


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Are the Springboks preparing to compete for Mr Universe?


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Kwagga Smith looks as if he is about to accept his penalty for having the puniest pecs in the squad.


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Tecumseh wrote:
Posted this on another thread, but seeing as this is the official one

Not sure if there's a better thread for it but wondered if any Scots / Japanese fans who have QF tickets were interested in an arrangement to swap tickets based on who wins the group? I've tickets for the group winner QF, but if Ireland don't win it and are in the other QF I'd be looking to swap...

Lucky bugger!

I'm going to Scotland Russia, only one we could get tickets for! Still chuffed, mind you :)


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Is this to be the first World Cup ever where France will fail to make it to the QF?

I am afraid it could well be...

If it happens, come to us for counselling - we've years of experience!


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Gwenno wrote:
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Is this to be the first World Cup ever where France will fail to make it to the QF?

I am afraid it could well be...

If it happens, come to us for counselling - we've years of experience!


Never happened to England, shame its been 8 long years since the last RWC


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Gwenno wrote:
TheFrog wrote:
Is this to be the first World Cup ever where France will fail to make it to the QF?

I am afraid it could well be...

If it happens, come to us for counselling - we've years of experience!


Never happened to England, shame its been 8 long years since the last RWC

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blindcider wrote:
Gwenno wrote:
TheFrog wrote:
Is this to be the first World Cup ever where France will fail to make it to the QF?

I am afraid it could well be...

If it happens, come to us for counselling - we've years of experience!


Never happened to England, shame its been 8 long years since the last RWC


Forgot about that gap in history...

The big difference for France this year is that, if they're sent packing before the QF, it woudn't be considered as an upset.


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tc27 wrote:
Has anyone done a list of the must see group stage games?


Some awesome first round games:

France Argentina
NZ SA
Australia Fiji
Ireland Scotland


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tc27 wrote:
Has anyone done a list of the must see group stage games?


Some awesome first round games:

France Argentina
NZ SA
Australia Fiji
Ireland Scotland


Click Here.


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Right, based on form and pool compositions, what are your two favorites to win the RWC, and the team you expect to surprise the world?

For me, I'd say New Zealand and England. The surprise package would be Japan making the QF.

Hard to pick favorites this year, I think SA are right up there. Ireland seem to have found some form toward the end of their preparation and we know that, if they click, they become a very pragmatic force. Wales are going to be a pain in the back of any major side, they are tough to beat but I don't think they have enough to go all the way. Australia as usually are ready in time for the world cup. So if I had to rank my favorites, it would be:

1. NZ
2. England
3. South Africa
4. Ireland
5. Australia
6. Wales

Argentina are above France and Scotland I think, but I can't see them making the final. France and Scotland are the lightweight of the traditional powerhouses.


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Right, based on form and pool compositions, what are your two favorites to win the RWC, and the team you expect to surprise the world?

For me, I'd say New Zealand and England. The surprise package would be Japan making the QF.

Hard to pick favorites this year, I think SA are right up there. Ireland seem to have found some form toward the end of their preparation and we know that, if they click, they become a very pragmatic force. Wales are going to be a pain in the back of any major side, they are tough to beat but I don't think they have enough to go all the way. Australia as usually are ready in time for the world cup. So if I had to rank my favorites, it would be:

1. NZ
2. England
3. South Africa
4. Ireland
5. Australia
6. Wales

Argentina are above France and Scotland I think, but I can't see them making the final. France and Scotland are the lightweight of the traditional powerhouses.


1. South Africa
2. NZ
3. England
4. Ireland
5. Australia
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The tournament will be won by the team which peak at the right time at the business end.

The loser in the All Blacks vs Springbok in round 1 will be a favourate.

The NH teams will be rusted, if I have to pick one, it will be Wales. They have a lot of experience players which is very good in the WC tournament.

France is always there or there abouts in WC tournaments.

8 Days to go!


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The tournament will be won by the team which peak at the right time at the business end.

The loser in the All Blacks vs Springbok in round 1 will be a favourate.

The NH teams will be rusted, if I have to pick one, it will be Wales. They have a lot of experience players which is very good in the WC tournament.

France is always there or there abouts in WC tournaments.

8 Days to go!


This France is the shittiest french team in the history of the tournament. Even shittier than the 2015 one.

England and Ireland looked much better than Wales in the warm up games, but you are right that there is no point being the best at warm up time if you don't peak at the right time in the tournament.

Which brings me to highlight that French ambitions are so high that they planned their peak for the Argentina game... i.e. their world cup opener. France are officially only interested in saving faces and trying to get to the QF. The rest doesn't matter to the FFR.


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the all important drinking game is here :thumbup:

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Top 20 players at the RWC as voted by UK experts!

20 Liam Williams
19 Finn Russell
18 James Ryan
17 Michael Hooper
16 Sam Whitelock
15 Rieko Ioane
14 Aaron Smith
13 David Pocock
12 Ben Smith
11 Faf de Klerk
10 Tadhg Furlong
9 Maro Itoje
8 Johnny Sexton
7 Jonathan Davies
6 Billy Vunipola
5 Alun Wyn Jones
4 Mako Vunipola
3 Owen Farrell
2 Brodie Retallick
1 Beauden Barrett


http://nzh.tw/12267634


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Look at Kriel, ffs. Another Spies powder puff.


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Look at Kriel, ffs. Another Spies powder puff.

Please take you spite to Sards match thread. Thanks in advance


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Anyone ordered jerseys ftom "we are rugby".
How long did it take to arrive in NZ?


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Saw these rules

"If two or more teams are tied on match points, the following tiebreakers apply: The winner of the match between the two teams. Difference between points scored for and points scored against in all pool matches."

I don't like that head to head is ahead of points difference. Points difference is a much better tie breaker between two teams than head to head. Head to head proves nothing, youve beaten that team but lost to a team that team beat.


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