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by openclashXX
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12343345 https://img2.thejournal.ie/article/2563501/river?version=2563503&width=400 I don't see him opting for Fiji, and it seems like he's just throwing in the English qualified stuff to apply a bit of pressure on All Black selector...
by openclashXX
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sam Burgess on HoR podcast
Replies: 68
Views: 4497

Re: Sam Burgess on HoR podcast

bit disappointed that hask hasn't openly criticized lancaster and his coaching team before afaik, but chose to pour on now that burgess was doing the same Burgess was very complimentary about the England coaching team. A bit bandwagon-ish of Hask to jump on at that point - but yes, he did make a fe...
by openclashXX
Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sam Burgess on HoR podcast
Replies: 68
Views: 4497

Sam Burgess on HoR podcast

only went online a few hours ago but comments are already making the news “Mike Ford wanted the England coaching job,” Burgess told the House of Rugby podcast. “I had to tell him I couldn’t play for him anymore. I’d lost respect for him. “I just felt that people behind the scenes were playing a dee...
by openclashXX
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SARU - " Totsiens Verloorders!"
Replies: 133
Views: 5467

Re: SARU - " Totsiens Verloorders!"

mdaclarke wrote:If this is true, then it has CVC's fingerprints all over it.
Are CVC the new boogeymen of rugby? Anything remotely connected with profit is now linked with them is it

Well it makes a change from PRL or Mourad Boudjellal I suppose
by openclashXX
Sat May 30, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Jaguares gooooooooooneeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 69
Views: 4256

Re: Jaguares gooooooooooneeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

I feel sorry for the Jags fans but the reality is that the format for SR was fatally flawed being spread across so many timezones. If the SA franchises can join in with 'easy rugby' club comps then surely the Jaguares can as well. No thanks. Nobody in Europe is going to stay up until midnight to wa...
by openclashXX
Fri May 29, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Jaguares gooooooooooneeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 69
Views: 4256

Re: Jaguares goneeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

they should keep to their timezone neighbours and join MLR...
by openclashXX
Mon May 11, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sarries being sued by ex-player
Replies: 4
Views: 842

Sarries being sued by ex-player

Sarries lawyers must be the most highly-paid in pro rugby An ex-Saracens player is bringing a lawsuit against the club, a club doctor and a teammate following what he alleges was a career-ending injury suffered in a Budapest bar. Matt Hankin says the incident in 2015, where he was hit on the head wi...
by openclashXX
Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Has anyone learned anything about this England team over the course of the 6N that wasn't equally apparent 12-24 months ago? Prone to meltdowns Fullback a question mark Scrum still a liability Youngs absolute toilet, nobody better in the pipeline Lots of individually talented back rowers but no idea...
by openclashXX
Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Non-Vintage 6N: The Orcs Vs Injury hit Wayuls - Match fred
Replies: 910
Views: 18149

Re: Non-Vintage 6N: The Orcs Vs Injury hit Wayuls - Match fr

Bin O'Keeffe was a shower of shit today, sorry to say
by openclashXX
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Ludlam at 6 is basically an admission that Curry at 8 has failed

6 Ludlam
7 Underhill
8 Curry

is functionally identical to

6 Curry
7 Underhill
8 Ludlam
by openclashXX
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Doormat has announced his departure from Quins, supposedly linked with a move to the MLR
by openclashXX
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

fatcat wrote:I'd prefer

6. Ewels
7. Dombrandt
8. Itoje
Needs more lineout
by openclashXX
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Think it's time to revert to a more standard 6-7-8 format in the back row now

Hill-Curry-Dombrandt is my preferred trio
by openclashXX
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

If we end up with another 2018-style season where we shit the bed against every bit of major opposition then it'll be curtains for Eddie before the year is out
by openclashXX
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Ben Youngs, he's not so good is he
by openclashXX
Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Dai Young's last stand
Replies: 6
Views: 860

Dai Young's last stand

8 seasons in charge, plenty of big name signings during that period, yet not a single meaningful trophy to show for it Does Dai Young make it till the end of the season in his role? Former Wales skipper Dai Young has 'cancelled Christmas' with Wasps fans calling for his head in the wake of their Gal...
by openclashXX
Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Have we reached peak Guardian?
Replies: 1499
Views: 180446

Re: Have we reached peak Guardian?

10 points for anyone that can correctly date each of these Owen Jones headlines from the Corbyn-era without looking them up

Image
by openclashXX
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Have we reached peak Guardian?
Replies: 1499
Views: 180446

Re: Have we reached peak Guardian?

any equivalents from the Owen Jones/Ash Sarkar/Paul Mason crowd?
by openclashXX
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Henry Taylor is by far the most promising of that crop bubbling away underneath Robson + Spencer

if we draw a line under Ben Youngs and move on from 2020 onwards then the three 9s I would have in the squad would be Robson, Spencer and Taylor
by openclashXX
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

https://twitter.com/rugbyworldcup/status/1191203685424095232 Can we stop pretending that despite whatever other qualities he has Owen is also a great defender? You could've picked a million better examples than Farrell getting stepped while making a cover tackle in a 10m channel by probably the bes...
by openclashXX
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Predict the Lions Starting XXIII in 2021 thread
Replies: 64
Views: 3354

Re: Official Predict the Lions Starting XXIII in 2021 thread

Can someone post the equivalent results from after previous WCs

I recall vividly there were posters after 2011 that expected the Lions back three to be North, Ashton and Foden

Similarly after 2015 most Lions sides had a truckload of Scottish players starting
by openclashXX
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

From the comments coming out of the RFU today it seems Eddie will stay on but Borthwick might be off to join a Prem club, maybe Leicester

Think if Eddie stays on then he should refresh his coaching staff somewhat - new scrum and lineout coach for sure
by openclashXX
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

It's true, they had a world class front row trio that weren't even starting the game for them. In hindsight we couldn't have done much to get an upper hand there against a team like them today But more broadly - when was the last time you can remember an English scrum dismantling the opposition comp...
by openclashXX
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

The more I reflect on it the more it feels like the set piece demolition today was a long time in the making We've never looked any more than steady at scrum time under Eddie - yet he's constantly talked up the 'English' style as being built around a dominant scrum and lineout In general we've picke...
by openclashXX
Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

to me the current RWC squad basically breaks down into three distinct categories: 1. a young core of this side that should stay till 2023 (injury permitting) and will probably be at their peak given they'll be in the 26-30 age bracket by then - guys like Itoje, Sinckler, Curry, Underhill, Genge, Wat...
by openclashXX
Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Makazole Mapimpi Try.
Replies: 236
Views: 9652

Re: The Makazole Mapimpi Try.

South Africa's first try ever in a World Cup final, what a time to do it
by openclashXX
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Number of RWC since readmission
Replies: 16
Views: 1000

Re: Number of RWC since readmission

No of WC's between the capture and subsequent execution of dictator Saddam Hussein

Eng 1
Sa 0

Those are the cold hard facts.
by openclashXX
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Genge is also not a particularly destructive scrummager The problem is that for four years Eddie has repeatedly emphasised that the traditional English game is built around rock solid defence and a powerful set piece - while we had a very good defence throughout his tenure I don't think at any point...
by openclashXX
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

What a strangely hollow game + feeling, despite never really being in control at any point throughout I reckon in the context of that game when Farrell missed the kick to bring us to 12-15 it was a turning point for sure, we lost all momentum and then the Saffas just blew us away But more structural...
by openclashXX
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks: Post mortem
Replies: 560
Views: 24994

Re: All Blacks: Post mortem

As an outsider there's certain selection templates that I instinctively associate as being in the All Blacks' DNA The hard-hitting blindside flanker The one-big-one-small centre pairing The big, powerful 11 matched with the smaller, fullback-cum-wing at 14 The fullback that's usually the single most...
by openclashXX
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: England may face massive fine for disrespecting Haka!
Replies: 207
Views: 11884

Re: England may face massive fine for disrespecting Haka!

for future reference can we get some sort of menu pricing for haka infringements?

5k for crossing the half way line, 10k for lining up in a disrespectful formation, 20k pissing on Kieran Read's leg, 50k for kicking Sonny Bill in the balls etc etc
by openclashXX
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread
Replies: 2430
Views: 70831

Re: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread

You can’t hide from it, “Boks have no chance against this England team” is all we’ve heard. Presumably this is your own country's press Just read the Wales vs Bok match thread. All the Irish and Kiwis clairvoyanting about how whoever wins will get brutalised by England in the final? Yes, I've seen ...
by openclashXX
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread
Replies: 2430
Views: 70831

Re: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread

saffer13 wrote:You can’t hide from it, “Boks have no chance against this England team” is all we’ve heard.
Presumably this is your own country's press
by openclashXX
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread
Replies: 2430
Views: 70831

Re: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread

saffer13 wrote:Just loving the Pom arrogance and confidence on display here.
If you say it enough times maybe you can will it into existence
by openclashXX
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Is Itoje the new GOAT?
Replies: 144
Views: 10979

Re: Is Itoje the new GOAT?

all of these posts about being happy with Itoje banging your respective other halves x(

you lot have been spending too much time indulging your cuckoldry fantasies on certain adult websites
by openclashXX
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 87098
Views: 4368629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

JM2K6 wrote:
Wendigo7 wrote:Reckon we'll be right up for it.

Farrell and Eddie will have the team completely focused and grounded. One game at a time.
You are a fountain of cliches, aren't you
tearing into Wendy for trotting out over-the-top cliches is itself a cliche
by openclashXX
Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Is Itoje the new GOAT?
Replies: 144
Views: 10979

Re: Is Itoje the new GOAT?

OomPB wrote:Itoje sound African, Nigerian? No Pom can play like this.
more non-white players in the England starting team than in the South African one

who's the real rainbow nation, boet
by openclashXX
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread
Replies: 2430
Views: 70831

Re: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread

sanjose1 wrote:Final or not they wont make up class difference, just too big, sorry England are certs
nice to have an Irisher on the England Grand Slam bandwagon
by openclashXX
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 17023
Views: 372148

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread - KO 11:59pm 31/10/19?

SamShark wrote:
openclashXX wrote:are we Brexiting on Thursday or not then
Not, unless something very unforseen happens.
alright - when's the new date then