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by akann
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Everyone wants to beat the World Champs but give Boks an extra week
Replies: 16
Views: 360

Re: Everyone wants to beat the World Champs but give Boks an extra week

They will get to play 3 domestic games, then they go into camp where they will play an in-house game or two (if they are sensible) and then they will in all likelihood play Argentina who are just as undercooked in the 1st round. That's 5-6 games and a whole lot of training to get match fit. Not to m...
by akann
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Arrogant Wallabies Coach "We're above the law".
Replies: 49
Views: 1193

Re: Arrogant Wallabies Coach "We're above the law".

A full two week build up post quarantine isn't good enough for him? He wouldn't get that luxury for tests played in June.
by akann
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021
Replies: 1860
Views: 27430

Re: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021

We learned, that despite a massive player drain, if we could choose anyone in the world for the test team, there is no one that’s hands-down better than the kids we’ve got at home. Guys like Darwin and Turinui, whom I rate, think that the player standard isn’t as good as it was 15 years ago. But th...
by akann
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rugby Championship - to be in Aus...
Replies: 63
Views: 1293

Re: Rugby Championship - to be in Aus...

Jim Lahey wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:25 am What are NZ players doing right now out of curiosity, now that their SR and North v South game is over? Playing for local clubs or NPC?

Must be difficult trying to keep yourself match fit in case you get a game with only a couple of weeks notice.
NPC.
by akann
Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Hype over Super Rugby Aetoroa
Replies: 114
Views: 2939

Re: The Hype over Super Rugby Aetoroa

MrDominator wrote: Nah.

Exhibit A: The NZ-SA pool game.

If average John Afoa can handle scrummaging in the Premiership, am pretty sure Franks will adapt and start to dominate soon enough.
by akann
Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Was the 2019 loss to ENG actually the worst AB RWC choke?
Replies: 41
Views: 1424

Re: Was the 2019 loss to ENG actually the worst AB RWC choke

A number of factors. Hansen's shocking game plan (bombs inside the oppo 22) and selections contributed a lot towards the poor performance. He had become stale and should have walked away at the end of 2017. The lack of criticism of him by the media after the RWC annoys me, he had the pathetic NZ med...
by akann
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Hype over Super Rugby Aetoroa
Replies: 114
Views: 2939

Re: The Hype over Super Rugby Aetoroa

Floppykid wrote:They worship Jacinda more than the pigdogs do Kate Middleton.
Not all of us. I can't stand her.
by akann
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA - Highlanders vs Blues - 3.35pm Sunday 2 August 2020
Replies: 147
Views: 1669

Re: SRA - Highlanders vs Blues - 3.35pm Sunday 2 August 2020

I thought the Highlanders have one of the strongest packs in SRA, filled with old school Southern hard men. But the Blues completely out-muscled them. That was boys playing against men. No pack in the comp can match the power and strength of this Blues pack. I haven't seen the pack weights but the ...
by akann
Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SR Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Round 8
Replies: 65
Views: 1417

Re: SR Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Round 8

Have we ever had this much depth at no8? Hoskins, Akira, Sowakula, Ardie and Mikaele Tu'u would all make quality Test no8s.
by akann
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ's Lock Stocks aren't Smokin'
Replies: 86
Views: 2040

Re: NZ's Lock Stocks aren't Smokin'

A thread about NZ locks is now about Aussie rugby. Thread Aussied.
by akann
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ's Lock Stocks aren't Smokin'
Replies: 86
Views: 2040

Re: NZ's Lock Stocks aren't Smokin'

Hopefully Laghlan McWhannell, Manaaki Selby-Ricket and Isaia Walker-Leawere can get more minutes in the Mitre 10 and next year's SR. These three have a heap of potential but currently are either injured or can't make their SR starting XVs. In this year's team I would like to see Parkinson and Scott...
by akann
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ's Lock Stocks aren't Smokin'
Replies: 86
Views: 2040

Re: NZ's Lock Stocks aren't Smokin'

Hopefully Laghlan McWhannell, Manaaki Selby-Ricket and Isaia Walker-Leawere can get more minutes in the Mitre 10 and next year's SR. These three have a heap of potential but currently are either injured or can't make their SR starting XVs. In this year's team I would like to see Parkinson and Scott ...
by akann
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021
Replies: 1860
Views: 27430

Re: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021

I cant believe Super Rugby Aotearoa is almost over, there isnt a final series which is no biggie, but it just seems awfully short. What happens once its completed? Mitre 10 cup starts? They were probably better off having everyone play each other 3 times. Why so much bitterness about the NZ comp? I...
by akann
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Slimey NZR behavior outed.
Replies: 123
Views: 2974

Re: Slimey NZR behavior outed.

Well we have almost 700,000 players to your pissy little 150,000. We also have 80,000 more registered players than you do. Yet you continue to lose even with such a huge advantage in playing numbers, so RA must obviously be doing a terrible job. Btw, I think you just pulled those numbers out of you...
by akann
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Slimey NZR behavior outed.
Replies: 123
Views: 2974

Re: Slimey NZR behavior outed.

Well we have almost 700,000 players to your pissy little 150,000. We also have 80,000 more registered players than you do. Yet you continue to lose even with such a huge advantage in playing numbers, so RA must obviously be doing a terrible job. Btw, I think you just pulled those numbers out of you...
by akann
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021
Replies: 1860
Views: 27430

Re: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021

Oz kids look so much better than kiwi kids? You are truly delusional. Apart from 2016 in the Oceania Cup when Australia won (NZ beat them by 30 at the Junior WC a couple of months later) and 2019, the Australian u20s have not beaten the NZ u20s in the last decade. In fact NZ has comfortably beaten t...
by akann
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021
Replies: 1860
Views: 27430

Re: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021

Shit sound the alarm bells we have only won 2 of the last 3 WC's. Oh wait didn't we lose 5 in a row? Wasn't rugby at its most popular in NZ during that period late 90s early 2000s when we used to sweat on our team winning rather than expecting a walkover. I wonder if we won every WC from here to et...
by akann
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Melbourne Rebels 29 NSW Waratahs 10 - Spoiler Alert!
Replies: 37
Views: 791

Re: Melbourne Rebels 29 NSW Waratahs 10

For F-CK'S SAKE mate. I'm half way through downloading that. It's 4 GIGS and I'm on a shitty modem connection out in the country side. Thanks a f**king lot. Keep it out of the bloody thread title next time you nitwit. Tbf, you would have to be a nitwit to jump on a rugby forum when you don't want t...
by akann
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Pick your current All Black XXIII
Replies: 113
Views: 2505

Re: Pick your current All Black XXIII

Has any AB coach gotten off so easily after a WC disaster, the way Hansen has? The media in particular are terrified to criticise him. Even the general public were relatively forgiving. Hart, Mitchell and Henry were not so lucky.
by akann
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 19th July
Replies: 124
Views: 1991

Re: Chiefs vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 19th July

Ali's Choice wrote:
sonic_attack wrote:What's Gatland going to say now.
He'll blame the referees like he has for the previous four losses.
Lol he just blamed the ref.
by akann
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021
Replies: 1860
Views: 27430

Re: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021

It should be 5 teams from Aus&NZ each, PI and Sunwolves. This tournament concludes in June. Australia + PI & Sunwolves will then play in the Aust Nationsl Comp ending in Sept. Scrap NRC, up and coming club players can play in the national comp as Wallabies will mostly not play in it. Dont think the...
by akann
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021
Replies: 1860
Views: 27430

Re: Trans-Tasman comp to replace Super Rugby in 2021

Mr Mike wrote:
towny wrote:The inside word is that Australia is going to propose to NZ are 22 team comp - 1 full round with split rounds and mid-season, mid-week Bledsiloe games.
22 teams sounds fair.

Still just two Aussie sides?
:lol: :lol: :lol:
by akann
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: What are they feeding the kids in South Africa? (Vid
Replies: 33
Views: 1662

Re: What are they feeding the kids in South Africa? (Vid

Some of the coloured and black kids look scary good. Unbelievable talent coming through. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8GY6x1dchQ Well that's better......and now I'm not quite as confident :| Same here :( . Never rated SA backplay before but you can see them becoming a complete team based on the...
by akann
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: What are they feeding the kids in South Africa? (Vid
Replies: 33
Views: 1662

Re: What are they feeding the kids in South Africa? (Vid

Some of the coloured and black kids look scary good. Unbelievable talent coming through.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8GY6x1dchQ
by akann
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks vs Kangaroos - Let's get ready to rumble
Replies: 116
Views: 2495

Re: All Blacks vs Kangaroos - Let's get ready to rumble

It could be like when Wigan played Sale. 40mins of League and then swap to Union at half-time. Sale won the game Wigan played Bath in two separate games, one league, one union. Wigan smashed them at league, but did reasonably well in losing a slightly watered-down union game. I remember a couple of...
by akann
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: June 21
Replies: 255
Views: 3937

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: June 21

Auckman wrote:Facken hell the Crusaders looked impressive. Clearly the top team out of all the matches thus far.

Proctor is a complete fool though. :shock:
Wasn't Proctor. It was Van Wyk.
by akann
Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 32298
Views: 1162250

Re: NZ Politics Thread - NEW ZEALAND IS COVID19-FREE THREAD

2 new cases today, both related to each other and have returned from the UK. I'm presuming they were tested at the border and are now self isolating https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12340250 The cases are related to the border as a result of recent travel from the Unit...
by akann
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Covers that make you go...Wait, what? No!
Replies: 23
Views: 854

Re: Covers that make you go...Wait, what? No!

Probably the greatest cover of all https://youtu.be/GTiibb34Pwo :lol: :lol: Please tell me that's meant to be satirical Some of the comments are comedy gold. I like the one that states, "Fun fact: he recorded this while trying to pass a kidney stone" :lol: And this one. "BREAKING NEWS: Kurt Cobain ...
by akann
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Aotearoa. Now with Spectators!!!!
Replies: 72
Views: 2239

Re: Super Rugby Aotearoa. Now with Spectators!!!!

RugbyPass is showing them up and still have a few weeks for free. VPN may be required but works fine. I already checked with Rugbypass, and they say it not being streamed in Oz My techie friend who uses RP said get Hola (or any other VPN) set you IP to say HK visit rugbypass.com and sign up you may...
by akann
Tue May 26, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Ireland V Scotland | Contributions to the world
Replies: 182
Views: 5271

Re: Ireland V Scotland | Contributions to the world

u2 alone gives Ireland the win.
by akann
Sat May 02, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Peak Beatles?
Replies: 130
Views: 2881

Re: Peak Beatles?

Not sure how I feel about The Beatles. Some of the greatest songs that I have ever listened to are by them but they have so many awful songs in their catalogue too. Abbey Road is their only album that I can listen to from start to finish without skipping a song.
by akann
Sat May 02, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Peak U2?
Replies: 173
Views: 4940

Re: Peak U2?

Listen to Achtung, Zooropa, Pop, (in that order) then try to insist they are 'samey'. Also the Passengers album they did in 1995 with Brian Eno. Here's a snippet from that project for you to get an idea of U2's variety: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f0tJTNj-Jg0 U2 made a mistake in not labeling Pas...
by akann
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC QF: All Blacks vs Ireland: MATCH THREAD: Sat 19 Oct
Replies: 4659
Views: 83208

Re: RWC QF: All Blacks vs Ireland: MATCH THREAD: Sat 19th Oc

rugga. wrote:Interesting, would have thought Dane Coles locked in.
Perhaps they are afraid of his lack of discipline. Can't afford to get a yellow or give away a penalty at a crucial moment.
by akann
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC QF: All Blacks vs Ireland: MATCH THREAD: Sat 19 Oct
Replies: 4659
Views: 83208

Re: RWC QF: All Blacks vs Ireland: MATCH THREAD: Sat 19th Oc

Can we talk about rugby for a second? Sean Cronin has been replaced by Rob Herring. Is this a blow, Irish fans? Cronin has been pretty impressive from what I have seen but would he have made the bench or was it always going to be Scannell? Hasn't been favoured by Joe for a while now, only playing a...
by akann
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC QF: All Blacks vs Ireland: MATCH THREAD: Sat 19 Oct
Replies: 4659
Views: 83208

Re: RWC QF: All Blacks vs Ireland: MATCH THREAD: Sat 19th Oc

Floppykid wrote:That centre pairing are very functional and probably facilitate a lot around them, but they seem to lack punch.
Both players are 100 kgs and are pretty explosive. Not sure about Goodhue's match fitness though, he did not look like he was at his best against Namibia.
by akann
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC QF: All Blacks vs Ireland: MATCH THREAD: Sat 19 Oct
Replies: 4659
Views: 83208

Re: RWC QF: All Blacks vs Ireland: MATCH THREAD: Sat 19th Oc

Can we talk about rugby for a second?

Sean Cronin has been replaced by Rob Herring. Is this a blow, Irish fans? Cronin has been pretty impressive from what I have seen but would he have made the bench or was it always going to be Scannell?
by akann
Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Japan v Scotland OOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Replies: 262
Views: 9213

Re: Japan v Scotland OOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNN

sculler wrote:The game is on, but no decision yet about fans due to transport considerations.
Scotland probably have a better chance of winning if it's played in an empty stadium.
by akann
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Japan v Scotland OOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Replies: 262
Views: 9213

Re: Japan v Scotland OOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNN

FFS I read it as Gooooonnnnnnnn.
by akann
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Black cowardice. For shame.(AKA I am a dumbarse)
Replies: 123
Views: 3362

Re: All Black cowardice. For shame.

You know what happened last year. England gave you a battering and you limped into Dublin. Now you're going all out to avoid that. Sure Italy arent England but 5 days and the humidity will have a similar effect. Plus risk of injury. You have just answered your own question as to why no sane coach w...
by akann
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official: All Blacks refusing 5 day turnaround ruins RWC
Replies: 308
Views: 8576

Re: Official: All Blacks refusing 5 day turnaround ruins RWC

Even the Boks managed to almost put 50 points on Italy. That tells me that Italy are a tier 2 nation at best.

Great decision by the ABs if what Moore is saying is true. No point compromising their quarter final preparation to accommodate a tier 2 nation who are just there to make up the numbers.