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by openclashXX
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87851
Views: 4492548

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Ashton's gone. Care is good for 50 mins, depends if he's happy to become a Wigglesworth style sub. Brown is totally over the hill, might be moving on. Apart from that the squad is pretty young. who are the most expensive non-EQPs in that squad - Baldwin (32 y/o), Tapuai (32 y/o), Landajo (32 y/o).....
by openclashXX
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87851
Views: 4492548

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Ashton's gone. Care is good for 50 mins, depends if he's happy to become a Wigglesworth style sub. Brown is totally over the hill, might be moving on. Apart from that the squad is pretty young. who are the most expensive non-EQPs in that squad - Baldwin (32 y/o), Tapuai (32 y/o), Landajo (32 y/o)...
by openclashXX
Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87851
Views: 4492548

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Gustard will probably end up doing the now well-trodden path of English coaches doing a reputation-rebuilding coaching gig at some Pro12 outfit like Glasgow or Ospreys whenever the next round of firings happen For Quins, any smart coach would stay well clear until someone else has dealt with the age...
by openclashXX
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87851
Views: 4492548

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

no Harry Randall named in the Wales 6N squad - suggests he might be getting called up for England? Cameron Redpath in the Scotland squad having represented England through all the age groups. Good move from Townsend Sounds like Paolo Odogwu might be a bolter for the England squad in terms of tradeo...
by openclashXX
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87851
Views: 4492548

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

no Harry Randall named in the Wales 6N squad - suggests he might be getting called up for England?
by openclashXX
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Lawrence Okoye is now 29 years old.
Replies: 54
Views: 2490

Re: Lawrence Okoye is now 29 years old.

Difference between Okoye and some of the other players mentioned on this list is that most of the others were actually decent rugby players. If Okoye was any good, he wouldn't have been dicking around with discus. I don't think he even got a senior academy deal anywhere (happy to be corrected). Cle...
by openclashXX
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Lawrence Okoye is now 29 years old.
Replies: 54
Views: 2490

Re: Lawrence Okoye is now 29 years old.

there's a few of these English ex-rugby players that have tried to make the NFL now. Aside from Okoye, Wade and Johnson-Fisher, there's also Alex Gray (former England U20 Number 8 ) and Christian Scotland-Williamson (former Worcester second row). In most cases they get scouted via the International ...
by openclashXX
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Lawrence Okoye is now 29 years old.
Replies: 54
Views: 2490

Re: Lawrence Okoye is now 29 years old.

I suspect it will be the same outcome for the other English wonderkid Tyrese Johnson-Fisher, who at least tried pro rugby once more after his American Football switch to see if he could make it [Johnson-Fisher] caught the attention of prep schools in the United States, a couple of which wanted to ta...
by openclashXX
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Lawrence Okoye is now 29 years old.
Replies: 54
Views: 2490

Re: Lawrence Okoye is now 29 years old.

Zakar wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:18 am
Flyin Ryan wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:59 am Think if you ask most of that kind of athlete what matters the most is making as much money as you can before the body disintegrates.
Practice squad money is shit though.
reportedly his 3-year contract at the 49ers (where he didn't play a single game) was $1.2m in total
by openclashXX
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87851
Views: 4492548

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Didn't catch the game but the Brizz hooker Kloska is getting a lot of love on Twitter on his debut performance - how was he
by openclashXX
Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Antoine frigging Dupont finishing the year in style
Replies: 12
Views: 950

Re: Antoine frigging Dupont finishing the year in style

The tackle attempt by that Bordeaux prop :lol:
by openclashXX
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 24144
Views: 568676

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

Passporting for financial services isn't covered by this deal, is it? How does it impact London's financial sector in general?
by openclashXX
Thu Dec 24, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 24144
Views: 568676

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

Can someone explain what it means for Northern Ireland exactly? How do they alone stay in the EU single market while remaining part of the UK? They remain in the EU single market. This is part of the withdrawal agreement. They remain in UK customs union but also enforce EU customs tariffs on goods ...
by openclashXX
Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 24144
Views: 568676

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

Can someone explain what it means for Northern Ireland exactly? How do they alone stay in the EU single market while remaining part of the UK? They remain in the EU single market. This is part of the withdrawal agreement. They remain in UK customs union but also enforce EU customs tariffs on goods ...
by openclashXX
Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 24144
Views: 568676

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

Can someone explain what it means for Northern Ireland exactly? How do they alone stay in the EU single market while remaining part of the UK?
by openclashXX
Tue Dec 22, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rank your RWC Finals
Replies: 101
Views: 3541

Re: Rank your RWC Finals

1999 and 2019 are equivalent as on both occasions, the losing finalist had drained themselves in their upset wins vs New Zealand one week before and simply couldn't get themselves right for the final so both are pretty low-ranked finals IMO as the hype going into it with NZ being knocked out was und...
by openclashXX
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Who is the best attacking FH in the world?
Replies: 38
Views: 2040

Re: Who is the best attacking FH in the world?

has to be Quade
by openclashXX
Mon Dec 21, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rank your RWC Finals
Replies: 101
Views: 3541

Re: Rank your RWC Finals

6. 2015 and 1999 - they were a bit onesided on the scores although some good rugby in the 2015 and more competitive than the result shown The scoreline in the 2015 final was at 21-17 going into the last 10 minutes of the game, and minutes 50-70 had been all Australia (14 unanswered points, coming b...
by openclashXX
Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rank your RWC Finals
Replies: 101
Views: 3541

Re: Rank your RWC Finals

Hard to look past the two extra-time finals for sheer drama

But in terms of quality of rugby from both sides 2015 is a clear winner. A final that had plenty of tries including some nice end-to-end stuff, and wasn't dominated by set piece + defence
by openclashXX
Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 29773
Views: 824335

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

doesn't it make you proud to be British Breaking: Morocco, El Salvador, Romania, Finland join France, Germany, Italy & a long list of countries banning all travel to/from the UK Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has closed its borders to ALL, ending intl travel “due to the #COVID19 mutation found in UK, S Afr...
by openclashXX
Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 50 Best Rugby Players of 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 1491

Re: 50 Best Rugby Players of 2020

I'm sure all the players included on this list are too overcome with joy and emotion to respond
by openclashXX
Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 29773
Views: 824335

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and Italy already confirmed as suspending flights from UK because of this new strain Germany and France confirmed to be considering, now also Ireland does this belong in the corona thread or the Brexit one? :? and now Kuwait becomes the first non-European country to an...
by openclashXX
Sun Dec 20, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 29773
Views: 824335

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and Italy already confirmed as suspending flights from UK because of this new strain

Germany and France confirmed to be considering, now also Ireland

does this belong in the corona thread or the Brexit one? :?
by openclashXX
Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Boris Johnson resignation
Replies: 149
Views: 6430

Re: Boris Johnson resignation

C69 wrote: Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:17 am
Anonymous 1 wrote: Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:15 am Is there any real chance this idiot will last beyond January
Which one of the Tory Party Brain's Trust would replace him?
Sunak is the favourite with the bookies right now

But I don't really see it
by openclashXX
Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Alfie Barbeary
Replies: 47
Views: 2503

Re: Alfie Barbeary

I remember a similar hype when Luke Cowan-Dickie was coming through for Exeter - powerful, compact ball-carrier, comfortable in multiple positions and with a knack of scoring tries from close range. not had a bad career for England in the end, but still yet to lock down a starting spot at internati...
by openclashXX
Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Alfie Barbeary
Replies: 47
Views: 2503

Re: Alfie Barbeary

I remember a similar hype when Luke Cowan-Dickie was coming through for Exeter - powerful, compact ball-carrier, comfortable in multiple positions and with a knack of scoring tries from close range. not had a bad career for England in the end, but still yet to lock down a starting spot at internati...
by openclashXX
Sat Dec 19, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Healey: "Cipriani was never that good"
Replies: 24
Views: 1770

Healey: "Cipriani was never that good"

from one of his biggest cheerleaders in the last few seasons - life certainly comes at you fast Former England player Austin Healey has launched a withering attack on Danny Cipriani just days after the maverick out-half surprisingly quit Gloucester with immediate effect just 19 months after he was v...
by openclashXX
Sat Dec 19, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Alfie Barbeary
Replies: 47
Views: 2503

Re: Alfie Barbeary

I remember a similar hype when Luke Cowan-Dickie was coming through for Exeter - powerful, compact ball-carrier, comfortable in multiple positions and with a knack of scoring tries from close range. not had a bad career for England in the end, but still yet to lock down a starting spot at internatio...
by openclashXX
Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87851
Views: 4492548

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Best case is Cips gets snapped up by MLR or Japanese club and can quietly play out the rest of his career so we can all move on But the more likely scenario is we get him at Clermont or Toulon and another few years of the usual media circus around whether England should change the eligibility rules ...
by openclashXX
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RUGBY WORLD CUP FRANCE 2023 DRAW - Monday, 14 December 11:30 GMT
Replies: 164
Views: 7036

Re: RUGBY WORLD CUP FRANCE 2023 DRAW - Monday, 14 December 11:30 GMT

controversial opinion: Japan + Argentina as a Band 2 + 3 pair are as tough as Ireland + Scotland
by openclashXX
Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RUGBY WORLD CUP FRANCE 2023 DRAW - Monday, 14 December 11:30 GMT
Replies: 164
Views: 7036

Re: RUGBY WORLD CUP FRANCE 2023 DRAW - Monday, 14 December 11:30 GMT

on current form, New Zealand vs France should be the game of the pool round with current world rankings... QF1 – Winner Pool C (Australia) v Runner-up Pool D (Argentina) QF2 – Winner Pool B (South Africa) v Runner-up Pool A (France) QF3 – Winner Pool D (England) v Runner-up Pool C (Wales) QF4 – Winn...
by openclashXX
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Is this the end for rugby?
Replies: 301
Views: 11348

Re: Is this the end for rugby?

glad this is happening. finally the kick that pro rugby needs to sort out its player welfare problems

we need maximum game quotas in the year per player enforce globally, and much shorter seasons
by openclashXX
Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Pablo’s tweets
Replies: 196
Views: 7896

Re: Pablo’s tweets

Bolivian man carries mp3 with ipod headphones. Sufficient evidence to incarcerate for theft and loss of it sitting in the seat that points backwards in the bus is the closest thing to celebrating your birthday in Bolivia with strangers hatred for Bolivians, Paraguayans, etc. is born from that maid ...
by openclashXX
Tue Dec 01, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Pablo’s tweets
Replies: 196
Views: 7896

Re: Pablo’s tweets

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by openclashXX
Tue Dec 01, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Matera suspended for racist tweets
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Matera suspended for racist tweets

:shock: anyone know what he wrote? Pablo Matera has been stripped of the Argentina captaincy and suspended along with two team-mates for "discriminatory and xenophobic" comments in historical social media posts. The Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) says it "strongly repudiates" comments made by Matera as...
by openclashXX
Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Wales v England Match Thread
Replies: 474
Views: 11820

Re: Official Wales v England Match Thread

pick-and-go > pass from Youngs
by openclashXX
Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Wales v England Match Thread
Replies: 474
Views: 11820

Re: Official Wales v England Match Thread

fudge OFF YOUNGS
by openclashXX
Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Wales v England Match Thread
Replies: 474
Views: 11820

Re: Official Wales v England Match Thread

the lack of a hard-running centre is hurting England a lot right now - using Daly, May and Joseph to try and punch holes in order to generate momentum off 10 is crazy Wales are able to rush and shut down England's big forwards that play off 9 (not helped by Youngs passing behind the ball carrier eve...
by openclashXX
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Wales v England Match Thread
Replies: 474
Views: 11820

Re: Official Wales v England Match Thread

Ben Youngs, 103 caps for England :lol:
by openclashXX
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Wales v England Match Thread
Replies: 474
Views: 11820

Re: Official Wales v England Match Thread

has all the atmosphere of an U20s game in Colwyn Bay