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by ovalball
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 33681
Views: 932179

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Talking about fitness - has anyone here done the 'Couch to 5K' programme. I have a medical procedure later this month and, depending on the outcome of that, I was thinking of giving it a go - see if I can get fit enough to play cricket this summer. It's mainly aerobic fitness I have a big problem wi...
by ovalball
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 33681
Views: 932179

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Oval, why does the creepy fecker abuse your family? Probably because his arguments are so weak, he resorts to that sort of stuff - I have him on ignore so I only see his garbage when someone quotes him - so it doesn't bother me - besdies, everyone knows he's a total fruit loop and no one takes any ...
by ovalball
Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 33681
Views: 932179

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Fat people in my experience are not frequently found in gyms. Neither do they stick to diets or healthy lifestyles - Unfortunately the levels of obesity, etc., just reinforces the real need for the UK to act quickly and have fairly rigid lockdowns - far more so than are needed in most other countri...
by ovalball
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 33681
Views: 932179

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Looks like putting the nation on a diet would have reduced deaths more than most of our other restrictions. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/03/covid-deaths-high-in-countries-with-more-overweight-people-says-report And people laughed when this was suggested months ago. Open the gyms. Beca...
by ovalball
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 33681
Views: 932179

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Looks like putting the nation on a diet would have reduced deaths more than most of our other restrictions. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/03/covid-deaths-high-in-countries-with-more-overweight-people-says-report There doesn't seem to be any correlation at all from those figures. Deaths...
by ovalball
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 33681
Views: 932179

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Looks like putting the nation on a diet would have reduced deaths more than most of our other restrictions.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/ ... ays-report
by ovalball
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Think about what? Billy was back with two working arms again, there was only the question of how undercooked the Sarries guys might be after their hit-outs against Doncaster... At best, it still leaves you with no plan B, should Billy become unavailable again, or continue his woeful form of the las...
by ovalball
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Think about what? Billy was back with two working arms again, there was only the question of how undercooked the Sarries guys might be after their hit-outs against Doncaster... At best, it still leaves you with no plan B, should Billy become unavailable again, or continue his woeful form of the las...
by ovalball
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Disc Golf - yeah it's a real thing.
Replies: 18
Views: 722

Re: Disc Golf - yeah it's a real thing.

I'd love to have a go - but there's no courses nearby. Looks like the sort of thing that could take off quite easily. Costs should be very low - you could imagine local authorities or land owners setting up courses with relatively low funding. Not the sort of thing I could ever take very seriously t...
by ovalball
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

I think Eddie's idea of a number 8 is a big lump. Simmons and Dombrandt may be too athletic. England’s best performances often come when Mako and Sinkler are tipping ball on and off loading . Throw Dombandt into that mix and it will be very hard to defend. Yep - we seem to have lost that edge recen...
by ovalball
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

I think Eddie's idea of a number 8 is a big lump. Simmons and Dombrandt may be too athletic. England’s best performances often come when Mako and Sinkler are tipping ball on and off loading . Throw Dombandt into that mix and it will be very hard to defend. Yep - we seem to have lost that edge recen...
by ovalball
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 33681
Views: 932179

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Vaccine passports heading our way !

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/191 ... ading-way/
by ovalball
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

I think Eddie's idea of a number 8 is a big lump. Simmons and Dombrandt may be too athletic. You can understand his thinking - especially with no Manu. But he was playing Curry there, when Billy was last injured - and that seemed to work ok, despite him not being an experienced 8. Can't remember if...
by ovalball
Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Who would you rather have a 8, Dombrandt or Simmonds? Simmonds for me. Just the carrying and suddenness would shock a lot of defences. I don't know as much about Alex though. I think Simmonds would add more to the team dynamic but I'd have no problem with Dombrandt either. Mercer would also be a de...
by ovalball
Mon Mar 01, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 33681
Views: 932179

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

not_english wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 6:32 pm How is it possible that someone has taken a test (the Brazilian variant chappy), and we don't know who they are? Surely they have a record that they posted test X to person Y?
How many of the tests are posted to individuals ? I doubt that's a significant %.
by ovalball
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Stomach flu/food poisoning
Replies: 24
Views: 898

Re: Stomach flu/food poisoning

Gwenno wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:12 pm Consider inflammatory bowel disease.
If your doctor also considers it - be prepared for some invasive examinations on a regular basis !!
by ovalball
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 33681
Views: 932179

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

It’s across Europe. There’s 1,000’s of variants. Stop believing everything you read, The BBC are working themselves into a frenzy over this There are 1000s of variants - which is why it is so important to identify the dangerous ones and prevent them from spreading/becoming dominant. Not much point ...
by ovalball
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Can someone explain Hill and Ewels to me? Really not sure what Ewels, in particular, offers. Hill will come good, Ewels is a mystery though. Aside from being a part of the Exeter machine (where I argue it's about the collective anyway) what does he do to separate himself from the likes of Lawes or ...
by ovalball
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Can someone explain Hill and Ewels to me? Really not sure what Ewels, in particular, offers. Hill will come good, Ewels is a mystery though. Aside from being a part of the Exeter machine (where I argue it's about the collective anyway) what does he do to separate himself from the likes of Lawes or ...
by ovalball
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

We were screaming for players like Curry and Itoje for years, as we watched every other team have good poachers. I can excuse a lot of their penalties, given how disruptive they are. But 5 pens in a game from one player...can't happen. Hopefully that's as bad as it gets. 3 of them weren’t pens. Str...
by ovalball
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Say the ref was riding itoje- calm it down and stop taking risks. Not rocket science. And that way, you stop giving away penalties and instead concede the gainline. You hesitate, play a more restrained game and let the opposition dominate that way instead. I think you and Fatty and others underesti...
by ovalball
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 33681
Views: 932179

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

So the Brazilian variant is in the country. Thanks in part to piss poor border management. Hopefully it can be isolated. It’s across Europe. There’s 1,000’s of variants. Stop believing everything you read, The BBC are working themselves into a frenzy over this There are 1000s of variants - which is...
by ovalball
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Metres made; ENG - 382 WAL - 247 Kicks from hand; WAL - 36 ENG - 24 Possession; WAL - 55% ENG - 45% Clean Breaks; ENG - 10 WAL - 4 Defenders Beaten; ENG - 19 WAL - 10 Turnovers; WAL - 12 ENG - 10 Penalties Conceded; WAL - 9 ENG - 14 I'd like to see the number of knock ons and turnovers - it felt li...
by ovalball
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 6 Nations R3 - Wales vs England
Replies: 922
Views: 23020

Re: 6 Nations R3 - Wales vs England

Genge receiving death threats, evidently he didn't clap the Welsh team. WTF is wrong with people.
by ovalball
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 33681
Views: 932179

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

After saying in January that the vaccine was “quasi-ineffective”, Macron said on Friday that he would take it if he was offered it. A clear case of closing the stable door after the horse has been scared shitless by his cattle prod and bolted. Yep - an utter balls up by the authorities in those cou...
by ovalball
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Home Office tell Shamina Begum to FCUK right off.
Replies: 1752
Views: 55865

Re: Home Office tell Shamina Begum to FCUK right off.

She is Bangladeshi by birth. It's not something she has to apply for or that the Bangladeshi government can deny her by decree. It's their constitution. SHe was born in the UK - also part of our constitution that she's a British Citizen - she's never lived in Bangladesh. And, Bangladesh, who I ssum...
by ovalball
Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

This isnt a whinge but one thing I thought interesting yesterday was the ref and the offside lines. He was very clear on where he wanted the line to be but it had no relation to the law on offside. This then went out the window in the last quarter and he stopped refereeing it all together. There wa...
by ovalball
Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Congratulations Welsh Fans
Replies: 21
Views: 1005

Re: Congratulations Welsh Fans

Yep - enjoy your win. Took advantage of our weaknesses, punished our errors and made the most of your opportunities. No complaints here.

It was, actually, a strangely entertaining game, despite the frustrations from an English perspective.
by ovalball
Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Home Office tell Shamina Begum to FCUK right off.
Replies: 1752
Views: 55865

Re: Home Office tell Shamina Begum to FCUK right off.

She is Bangladeshi by birth. It's not something she has to apply for or that the Bangladeshi government can deny her by decree. It's their constitution. SHe was born in the UK - also part of our constitution that she's a British Citizen - she's never lived in Bangladesh. And, Bangladesh, who I ssum...
by ovalball
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: What does vunipola offer?
Replies: 43
Views: 2403

Re: What does vunipola offer?

He's been in poor form, but was a lot better this game I thought. In theory, he brings elite level physicality in tight channels. There's not many forwards out there who can commit 3 defenders to take him down and still make it over that gainline. He managed to do that a few times today. A prop wou...
by ovalball
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

:x Strangely enjoyable game. I thought we did very well to get back into it at 24-24 after poor refereering. We were playing all the rugby and looking pretty damn good. However the way we played in the last twenty minutes when the game was there to win was dreadful and we deserved to lose. Wales we...
by ovalball
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

When you guys were winning and playing well you didn't blame the ref. Think about it. Shipping 40 points wasn't the refs fault. There are a lot of rose cnuted glasses on tbh. Enoy your delusions about being unfairly reffed every time you lose. We aren't blaming the ref you fckwit, read all the comm...
by ovalball
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

When you guys were winning and playing well you didn't blame the ref. Think about it. Shipping 40 points wasn't the refs fault. There are a lot of rose cnuted glasses on tbh. Enoy your delusions about being unfairly reffed every time you lose. Not blaming the ref now either. Blaming our indisciplin...
by ovalball
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

I don't think it will necessarily take too much to get the team firing again, but it really does feel like a freshen up is needed at full back, 8 and captain. It would also be good to see some other new or newish faces to gee everyone up. I was just thinking exactly the same. When we were playing w...
by ovalball
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Maybe it's all a cunning plan from Eddie. He doesn't want loads of English players going on the Lions tour and getting flogged to death. The way he has them playing now, there won't be many of them on the plane.
by ovalball
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

My point is that Maro being unfairly penalised has nothing to do with Jonny Hill acting the twat in the lineout, or Elliot Daly spazzing out on any number of occasions etc The momentum shift of 3 pens is huge. Unfortunately, it hasn't just been this game, we are serial offenders - we always give aw...
by ovalball
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Home Office tell Shamina Begum to FCUK right off.
Replies: 1752
Views: 55865

Re: Home Office tell Shamina Begum to FCUK right off.

Again not a loophole, that would be the law being misapplied and then Begum would win her appeal. A loophole would be if the courts said that the law did mean to allow the Home Secretary to do this but he still can because of ‘X’. With X being the loophole in this hypothetical scenario. Loophole ac...
by ovalball
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Home Office tell Shamina Begum to FCUK right off.
Replies: 1752
Views: 55865

Re: Home Office tell Shamina Begum to FCUK right off.

From the act: 40 Deprivation of citizenship. (1) In this section a reference to a person’s “ citizenship status ” is a reference to his status as— (a)a British citizen, (b)a British overseas territories citizen, (c)a British Overseas citizen, (d)a British National (Overseas), (e)a British protected...
by ovalball
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Home Office tell Shamina Begum to FCUK right off.
Replies: 1752
Views: 55865

Re: Home Office tell Shamina Begum to FCUK right off.

A loophole is usually used to mean that there has been a mistake made in the law, or an ambiguity that allows something that isn’t intended by the law. That isn’t the case here, I think you believe the law is wrong to allow this, which is fine, it’s ok to believe laws are wrong and want to change t...
by ovalball
Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 88452
Views: 4570577

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

I think England will have to stop picking braindead players - we're just chucking this game away with our ill discipline - it is so frustrating. It's bad enough that we haven't had the rub of the green - but we just keep making it harder and harder for ourselves. As I type - another silly penalty c...