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by Andalu
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

Squire v POM? Hard to pick and I'm not shitting on Squire, POM is a very good and experienced player, whereas Squire has rarely played to his potential at this level IMO. Never been all that impressed with Squire when I've seen him but admittedly haven't watched a lot of the ABs in the past year. H...
by Andalu
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official ‘Apathetic about Brexit’ thread
Replies: 43
Views: 1620

Re: The Official ‘Apathetic about Brexit’ thread

I might care once we know the outcome, until then it's the worlds most boring drama. At least the Trump saga can be amusing. You can literally go fûck yourself. There is no positive to this. Fûck your insularity. Easy tiger. I'm simply stating that all the speculation is dull. He’s not always a hap...
by Andalu
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ is going to hell and a handbasket
Replies: 37
Views: 1803

Re: NZ is going to hell and a handbasket

worst house in the best street and all that
by Andalu
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official ‘Apathetic about Brexit’ thread
Replies: 43
Views: 1620

Re: The Official ‘Apathetic about Brexit’ thread

happyhooker wrote:
Andalu wrote:I might care once we know the outcome, until then it's the worlds most boring drama. At least the Trump saga can be amusing.
You can literally go fûck yourself.

There is no positive to this. Fûck your insularity.
Easy tiger. I'm simply stating that all the speculation is dull.
by Andalu
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official ‘Apathetic about Brexit’ thread
Replies: 43
Views: 1620

Re: The Official ‘Apathetic about Brexit’ thread

I might care once we know the outcome, until then it's the worlds most boring drama. At least the Trump saga can be amusing.
by Andalu
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

Jay Cee Gee wrote:Who f**king cares who the neutrals will be supporting. Losers who support teams ranked below #2 can piss off.
:nod:

Such a pointless and needy argument
by Andalu
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

Don't be silly, they are using their arms.
bw245 wrote:
I’ve a strong feeling Leavy will pull out tomorrow.
If so, who is likely to play there?
by Andalu
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

Let's be honest, most SH fans support SH teams and NH fans NH teams in cross-hemisphere games. I'm sure it didn't used to be like this but it certainly seem that way now.
by Andalu
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Poorly officiating the offside line
Replies: 307
Views: 12480

Re: Poorly officiating the offside line

WR came out and said it was the right call, no?

Whether it should have been offside is a different discussion though, I'm sure plenty of NZers aren't fans of waiting till the 9 actually picks up the ball either.
by Andalu
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

Squire v POM? Hard to pick and I'm not shitting on Squire, POM is a very good and experienced player, whereas Squire has rarely played to his potential at this level IMO.
by Andalu
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Meanwhile, in NZ our kids are now officially retarded
Replies: 52
Views: 2474

Re: Meanwhile, in NZ our kids are now officially retarded

"I don't think we can make assumptions about what students should and shouldn't know at that level," he said. " Ah, yes you can. Pretty sure there's such a thing as a curriculum and attached syllabus that would pretty much state what a student should know and I imagine the would 'trivial' would be ...
by Andalu
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

When NZ-born Pass “Kiwi As Fvck” Uluilakepa crouched down to scrum against the Ireland U20s, he was momentarily confused. Expecting to hear the lilting tones of the brogue coming back at him, he was shocked to hear something far more exotic. That’s because Polish-born Kuba “He Looks Irish Now Doesn...
by Andalu
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

In fairness Rokocoko was on a 3 year contract, was tough for him to go back to school aged 8 when he didn't make the ABs.
by Andalu
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

I think you miss the point that over half those guys moved as toddlers with their parents in normal immigration, the rest moved on scholarships to schools. Point the fingers at the schools if you want, how dare they offer kids from developing countries a better education.
by Andalu
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

They are comparing players like Kaino, who moved to NZ aged 4, and Muliaina, moved age 3, to Aki and Payne, who moved around age 25 on pro contracts.

That's really grasping at straws.
by Andalu
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Ireland 2022.....nice
Replies: 44
Views: 2592

Re: Ireland 2022.....nice

Shite weather, drop goal to win, controversial reffing decision all sounds familiar. I wonder if we'll see the same bounce-back from the ABs this week?
by Andalu
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Ireland 2022.....nice
Replies: 44
Views: 2592

Re: Ireland 2022.....nice

It's a fun exercise but picking an AB team almost 4 years out is basically impossible. Don't think there are many (if any) players signed till then and guessing that Aumua overtakes Taylor (for example) is a huge assumption.
by Andalu
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

If Joe wants to go back for non-business reasons then I doubt he will be bothered if he walks straight into the top job or not.

That being said, someone close to him told me that if Ireland lose then he will announce he is leaving. ;) :lol:
by Andalu
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

The one thing you should never say out loud is 'we're not scared'. Even if you aren't, the moment you say that you just tell yourself that you are. Sneaky from the cunning NZ press. Things you shouldn't say: 'We're not scared' 'aura' 'New Zealand' (Instead of All Blacks) Not saying ABs but saying W...
by Andalu
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

iarmhiman wrote:
Tehui wrote:Hypothetical: if a cabal took place between Irish and kiwi posters, what would happen?
Nothing. There would be mad drinking and craic.
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by Andalu
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Highest number of foreign born players in AI squad?
Replies: 181
Views: 7475

Re: Highest number of foreign born players in AI squad?

Berghan is ancestry. I'd never heard of him before he represented Scotland but then I'm not a Cantabrian.
by Andalu
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Highest number of foreign born players in AI squad?
Replies: 181
Views: 7475

Re: Highest number of foreign born players in AI squad?

How many residency poaches had Scotland had? Seems like most are ancestry.
by Andalu
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Poorly officiating the offside line
Replies: 307
Views: 12480

Re: Poorly officiating the offside line

The ref is a coward. No wonder Lawes thought he'd get away with it.
by Andalu
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: England vs All Blacks 10 Nov 2018 15:00 GMT
Replies: 1990
Views: 53351

Re: Official Thread: England vs All Blacks 10 Nov 2018 15:00

Just realised I thought Underhill and Simmonds were the same person until this very moment... Similar players, in many ways . Apart from the way they play the game. They're completely different styles of player If you say so, I've hardly seen either of them play. Both relatively normal sized blonde...
by Andalu
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: England vs All Blacks 10 Nov 2018 15:00 GMT
Replies: 1990
Views: 53351

Re: Official Thread: England vs All Blacks 10 Nov 2018 15:00

Just realised I thought Underhill and Simmonds were the same person until this very moment...

Similar players, in many ways.
by Andalu
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Which country has the worst governing body in Rugby?
Replies: 56
Views: 2780

Re: Which country has the worst governing body in Rugby?

On a financial level, Samoa. So corrupt. Of the big 10, SA, for the political interference.
by Andalu
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

Zero chance the ABs will have heard of whoever is starting at 9 for Ireland then. :lol:
by Andalu
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

CM11 wrote:
Nolanator wrote:Henshaw out. Ringrose and Aki in the centres, so.
Murray also confirmed out.
That's a shame if true. Henshaw has never blown me away but Murray is a world class player.
by Andalu
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: England's first-choice blindside flanker
Replies: 86
Views: 5068

Re: England's first-choice blindside flanker

I would've thought there are dozens of Shields-esque players in England.
by Andalu
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Highest number of foreign born players in AI squad?
Replies: 181
Views: 7475

Re: Highest number of foreign born players in AI squad?

Foreign born by itself is quite meaningless e.g. if you immigrate as a toddler you are hardly a poach. One grandparent to me isn't enough but I don't see that ever changing. At least with a guy like Shields it's both parents so it's an undeniable link, as opposed to a guy who discovers one of his gr...
by Andalu
Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Gatland calls Kerevi a coward who deserved a card
Replies: 103
Views: 4146

Re: Gatland calls Kerevi a coward who deserved a card

Thread needs a Kid A gif. :yawn:
by Andalu
Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Wales v's Straya Match 10th Nov 17:20
Replies: 247
Views: 9751

Re: Official Thread: Wales v's Straya Match 10th Nov 17:20

Anyone see the slightly dodgy flop from J Davies at the end?
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by Andalu
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Turning down kicks at goal
Replies: 74
Views: 2957

Re: Turning down kicks at goal

Who would've predicted Beauden kicking at 100% and in shocking conditions, with a drop goal.

A lot of people said his kicking would cost us in a tight game.
by Andalu
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Turning down kicks at goal
Replies: 74
Views: 2957

Re: Turning down kicks at goal

The roof was closed in Wales no?
by Andalu
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: England vs All Blacks 10 Nov 2018 15:00 GMT
Replies: 1990
Views: 53351

Re: Official Thread: England vs All Blacks 10 Nov 2018 15:00

Retallick 6/10? :lol:

Invalidates the whole article
by Andalu
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Poorly officiating the offside line
Replies: 307
Views: 12480

Re: Poorly officiating the offside line

Every team pushes the line and tests the ref. The problem is when a ref is so lax on policing offside that when he is forced to make a call and has to go by the letter of the law, it makes all his refereeing up to that point questionable. As others pointed out, had they not made it to the line off t...
by Andalu
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 34 000 turn out in Brazil to see Maori ABs
Replies: 12
Views: 1771

Re: 34 000 turn out in Brazil to see Maori ABs

The weather was shocking too, might have had a few more if it was fine.
by Andalu
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NH vs SH - 2018 EOYT - OFFICIAL scorecards.
Replies: 30
Views: 2371

Re: NH vs SH - 2018 EOYT - OFFICIAL scorecards.

Palma? Los Palmas is in the Canaries.
by Andalu
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900 IST
Replies: 2696
Views: 63989

Re: Official Thread: Ireland vs All Blacks 17 Nov 2018 1900

I just heard SOB is out. A shame if true. Broken arm The poor lad must have smashed a thousand mirrors and walked under a 298 ladders. :? Can’t catch a break these days. Strange, Shag said in the press conference that it was a grade 1 AC problem. SOB, not SBW. He probably thought he meant a differe...