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by Magpie26
Thu May 13, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Nzru turn down Springboks request for a warm-up test
Replies: 43
Views: 1297

Re: Nzru turn down Springboks request for a warm-up test

Enzedder wrote: Thu May 13, 2021 5:48 pm I have no doubt that we would play the Boks here in NZ - but for the same reason we cannot play the game in SA, they cannot play here.

I am not going to blame either Union - Covid sucks.
The game was supposedly going to be played in Dubai.
by Magpie26
Thu May 13, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Canes sign Owen Franks
Replies: 50
Views: 1170

Re: Canes sign Owen Franks

He was rubbish up here, basically Dan Coles mobility without the scrummaging. Yes you've already mentioned that dual RWC winning 100+ test All Black Owen Franks wasn't very good. Are you desperate for everyone's attention? Not as much as you always are on most threads He was fairly shite at Saints ...
by Magpie26
Thu May 13, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 25216
Views: 705207

Re: Re:

RodneyRegis wrote: Thu May 13, 2021 11:29 am
haunch wrote: Wed May 12, 2021 8:46 pm Image

looks like a quick recovery :thumbup:
Seriously? Is that genuine?
It is, has recovered very quickly in value, though not in all sectors.
by Magpie26
Thu May 13, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Canes sign Owen Franks
Replies: 50
Views: 1170

Re: Canes sign Owen Franks

Adam Jones, Ayerza and Castrogiovanni were still rocking at 33. Franks is in their league, so depending on how the body is going, there's no reason why he couldn't contribute at the top level. It's not as if there is a standout candidate to keep him out of the team. He’s not in their league. Why no...
by Magpie26
Thu May 13, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Canes sign Owen Franks
Replies: 50
Views: 1170

Re: Canes sign Owen Franks

I think it really depends on what shape he is in when he gets back. He didn't go to the RWC in 2019 mainly because his body wasn't up to it. He probably played as many games as any other Northampton prop in his first season but has hardly been sighted this season. Will he be a massive boost to mento...
by Magpie26
Sun May 09, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Wine Thread
Replies: 6602
Views: 505977

Re: The Wine Thread

frankster wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 12:11 pm A superb modern white Rioja: Conde Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria 2019
Pretty good article, thanks :thumbup:

I seriously can't ever remember drinking a White Rioja :blush:
by Magpie26
Sun May 09, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Aotearoa - Team of the Tournament
Replies: 20
Views: 1111

Re: Super Rugby Aotearoa - Team of the Tournament

Damien McKenzie is definitely on the comeback trail but I would go for Jordie, I think he was the best FB over the competition. Fakatava definitely has something special about him but injury cut him short to really stamp his mark as the best for me. Not sure if you are looking at one-off performance...
by Magpie26
Sun May 09, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Post COVID work environment for those who haves productive tools that can be carried anywhere
Replies: 75
Views: 2280

Re: Post COVID work environment for those who haves productive tools that can be carried anywhere

Our management has been pretty clear that we will not be working the same way we were before. We already had quite flexible working conditions with employees being actively encouraged to work from home one day a week and in our department we already had hotdesking. That is only going to increase in ...
by Magpie26
Fri May 07, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: French fishing boats defeat might of the British Navy?
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: French fishing boats defeat might of the British Navy?

I can see the Paris municipal engraver getting his tools ready to carve it into the Arc de Triomphe, right next to Fuentes de Oñoro, another 'victory' that wasn't :P
by Magpie26
Thu May 06, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Amnesty for British Murderers
Replies: 128
Views: 4475

Re: Amnesty for British Murderers

If they apply it to both sides, which the article suggests they may well do then surely its a way to move forward?

Its not an unusual response after a conflict.
by Magpie26
Wed May 05, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: What is Going on in France?
Replies: 381
Views: 11781

Re: What is Going on in France?

On a slightly different subject, what is going on with Macron and his laying of a wreath on Napoleon's tomb?

Surely he must realize how divisive this action is going to be.
by Magpie26
Mon May 03, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Captain's Challenge Farce
Replies: 49
Views: 2041

Re: Captain's Challenge Farce

I seem to be in the minority but I have been pretty happy with the Captains Challenge concept so far. Yes the one in the Blues Chiefs game was a mess but that's probably the only one that I know of. Things happen in the game and the refs /ARs don't see everything and I feel it empowers the captain t...
by Magpie26
Mon May 03, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Dominic Bird to the Hurricanes
Replies: 20
Views: 825

Re: Dominic Bird to the Hurricanes

Very good news for sure, Scrafton and Bird will really give a lot to our lineout and Walker-Lawere as a back up is pretty interesting. :thumbup:
by Magpie26
Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 25216
Views: 705207

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

Is this desirable? The USA is a big entity and I'd argue it's also a state that doesn't functions well for it's citizens or even functions effectively. Likewise the citizens of Europe may not desire this. It's a political goal. Diversity is a strength not social unity which in itself can only erode...
by Magpie26
Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 25216
Views: 705207

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

Er... no it isn't. No one is being forced to be part of "the club". My point was that if want to enjoy the benefits of membership you also have to accept the costs/negative aspects. But no more of this "à la carte" EU membership thank-you very much. What does that mean? Everyone in the Euro? Everyo...
by Magpie26
Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Cricket All Time XI (Modern Era)
Replies: 84
Views: 3719

Re: Cricket All Time XI (Modern Era)

towny wrote: Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:11 am
Best bowler I’ve seen.
Me too.

Its 7 for 1!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4e6k8_oAJk
by Magpie26
Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 25216
Views: 705207

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

Member states should be committed to the EU project long-term. No more of this half-in and half-out of Europe.... Isn't the EU project part of the problem though? The general population of the EU do not want an EU super state. Nor does a single monolithic approach suit all countries (see how many b...
by Magpie26
Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 25216
Views: 705207

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

So the post-Brexit EU-UK trade deal is ratified. Only 5 opposing votes - guess it says something, as does the fact that it was done according to Boris's deadline. Comment from Michel Barnier was interesting: "This is a divorce. It is a warning, Brexit. It's a failure of the European Union and we ha...
by Magpie26
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 25216
Views: 705207

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

So the post-Brexit EU-UK trade deal is ratified. Only 5 opposing votes - guess it says something, as does the fact that it was done according to Boris's deadline. Comment from Michel Barnier was interesting: "This is a divorce. It is a warning, Brexit. It's a failure of the European Union and we hav...
by Magpie26
Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 37785
Views: 1124954

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Vaccines are having a massive impact on infections in Israel and the UK. Israel had just 50 infections yesterday. The vaccine rollout program needs to accelerate! Cmon Australia, up your game! Which vaccines have Australia bought? Temper your expectations if you're relying on AZ . They're rightly b...
by Magpie26
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 37785
Views: 1124954

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Vaccines are having a massive impact on infections in Israel and the UK. Israel had just 50 infections yesterday. The vaccine rollout program needs to accelerate! Cmon Australia, up your game! Which vaccines have Australia bought? Temper your expectations if you're relying on AZ . They're rightly b...
by Magpie26
Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 89120
Views: 4698048

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Bath looking pish again. They let Wasps play at pace and even though the passing was often shocking, they only have themselves to blame. Umaga looked sharp. Well, he actually looks like Sideshow Bob, but sharp too. Was a good win, even if a little fortuitous. Umaga's individual talent got us throug...
by Magpie26
Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 89120
Views: 4698048

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Bath looking pish again. They let Wasps play at pace and even though the passing was often shocking, they only have themselves to blame. Umaga looked sharp. Well, he actually looks like Sideshow Bob, but sharp too. Was a good win, even if a little fortuitous. Umaga's individual talent got us throug...
by Magpie26
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 37785
Views: 1124954

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

And now it seems even 'EU' companies have given up on trying to work with the EU and are now discussing directly with the member countries: French biotech company Valneva has launched a pivotal Phase 3 trial for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine — the last step before seeking regulatory approval. It...
by Magpie26
Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 89120
Views: 4698048

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

You watch Genge in that form and you think he has got to be in the England setup. You watch him in the England setup and you think he should be nowhere near the England setup. The guy is an enigma no doubt. Flat track bully. You don’t get to run sideways building up a head of steam at that level. S...
by Magpie26
Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Black squad selection thread
Replies: 502
Views: 18712

Re: All Black squad selection thread

Do we have a date yet for the first squad naming? Nope. As KG said, we still don't even have confirmed dates for tests. The All Blacks official website has no 2021 fixtures listed. I know there is uncertainty with the pandemic but I would have hoped NZR had fleshed out the details about the Italian...
by Magpie26
Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 89120
Views: 4698048

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

You watch Genge in that form and you think he has got to be in the England setup.

You watch him in the England setup and you think he should be nowhere near the England setup.
The guy is an enigma no doubt.
by Magpie26
Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA - HIghlanders v Blues - Fri, 16 April, 7:05pm
Replies: 115
Views: 2310

Re: SRA - HIghlanders v Blues - Fri, 16 April, 7:05pm

Great game to watch :thumbup: Hunt was really firing again, some beautiful passes to put players into space and put in some important defensive work. Frizzells workload has been fantastic this year and was again today. Its almost like its 'just give it to Frizzell" at times. He is doing everything. ...
by Magpie26
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 89120
Views: 4698048

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Sopoaga offski Joins Lyon for next season. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/56739637 Verdict from Wasps fans? I caught a few games over the past few seasons and showed flashes of skill but never seemed to influence a game - also wasn't sure if he was seen as 10, 15 or pine rider. Quite a dis...
by Magpie26
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA - HIghlanders v Blues - Fri, 16 April, 7:05pm
Replies: 115
Views: 2310

Re: SRA - HIghlanders v Blues - Fri, 16 April, 7:05pm

Whats the feeling about Perofeta playing at 15?
Personally I have been pleasantly surprised by how well he has gone there, nothing too flashy but pretty consistent IMO.

Thought we might get a decent look at Zarn Sullivan this season based on what I saw of him at ITM level. Is he injured?
by Magpie26
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached
Replies: 34
Views: 2261

Re: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached

That Baby Eating lock position is the hardest one to fill in rugby. Makes a massive difference to a team having someone of that size going about creaming rucks on their own and absolutely loving the biff. I think the days of the enforcer lock are long gone. If they ever existed. NZ won RWC's in 201...
by Magpie26
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Clermont vs Toulouse
Replies: 42
Views: 1838

Re: Clermont vs Toulouse

Touoluse should be too strong, from what I have seen. Unfortunately I have to agree. The only way Clermont can win is if Toulouse are sloppy and don't convert their opportunities into points. Then, may be if at the 78th minute, it is a 3pts advantage for Toulouse and Penaud sparks a 80m counter-att...
by Magpie26
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Aotearoa Team of the Week - Round 7
Replies: 19
Views: 518

Re: Super Rugby Aotearoa Team of the Week - Round 7

Ali's Choice wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:48 am
guy smiley wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:35 am Nah. Havili for me.
That's totally fine by me. The whole point of a thread like this is to incite debate, reflection and discussion, rather than agree on an actual team :thumbup:
Sounds like a Foster team selection meeting.
by Magpie26
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Wine Thread
Replies: 6602
Views: 505977

Re: The Wine Thread

Opened a bottle of Hess Special Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 over Easter, thought it might be past its best but was absolutely spot on.

A fantastic reminder why I should drink more Californian Cab Savs!
by Magpie26
Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Glaws v La Rochelle
Replies: 60
Views: 1576

Re: Glaws v La Rochelle

LR look a pretty decent side that is for sure. Very entertaining to watch and as was mentioned plenty of times during the match, the speed of recycling of the ball was very impressive.
Not everything came off for them, which was lucky for Glaws as it could have got ugly on the scoreboard.
by Magpie26
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 37785
Views: 1124954

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Is anyone in the EU actually going to be held accountable for the mess they have made of the vaccination rollout? There is clearly a lot of 'blame game' both internally and externally going on but is there anyone actually accountable for the situation? Its easy to say the blame ends at the top but I...
by Magpie26
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 89120
Views: 4698048

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

It’s such a shame that Manu has had such shit luck with injuries... looking back, he could have been English rugby’s Andy Powell... he chinned Chris Ashton, dived off a ferry while pissed at the WC, tore apart the AB’s, seemed to be a really decent dude, too. I don't think Tuilagi is made of glass ...
by Magpie26
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Black squad selection thread
Replies: 502
Views: 18712

Re: Pick your All Black team after 5 rounds of SR Aotearoa?

When was Caleb Clarke's last stand out game? Fainganuku seems to offer about the same level of danger while having the better start to the season - would be good to see the blues wingers outside a centre who passes It was a toss up... but as you say, Clarke outside decent inside centres should flou...
by Magpie26
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: France - Scotland : counting the (*)
Replies: 510
Views: 13042

Re: France - Scotland : counting the (*)

And Antonio has just made it to his first breakdown......
by Magpie26
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: France - Scotland : counting the (*)
Replies: 510
Views: 13042

Re: France - Scotland : counting the (*)

France, France, France :roll: :roll: :roll: