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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: 479

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: 117
Views: 3274

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: 352
Views: 9849

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: 1876

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: 709

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: 24990
Views: 697061

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: 24990
Views: 697061

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: 3511

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: 24990
Views: 697061

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: 24990
Views: 697061

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: 24990
Views: 697061

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: 37688
Views: 1115217

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: 37688
Views: 1115217

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: 89116
Views: 4690202

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: 89116
Views: 4690202

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: 37688
Views: 1115217

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: 89116
Views: 4690202

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: 458
Views: 15724

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: 89116
Views: 4690202

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: 2202

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: 89116
Views: 4690202

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: 2202

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: 2227

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: 1809

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: 508

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: 6599
Views: 504077

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: 1529

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: 37688
Views: 1115217

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: 89116
Views: 4690202

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: 458
Views: 15724

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: 12659

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: 12659

Re: France - Scotland : counting the (*)

France, France, France :roll: :roll: :roll:
by Magpie26
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: France - Scotland : counting the (*)
Replies: 510
Views: 12659

Re: France - Scotland : counting the (*)

franch fan wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:31 pm Unlucky but deserved try for Scotland
French forward coach has a lot to ask, it might be the weakest set of French forwards I've seen for 30 years
It's ok, the fat Timaru boy is on :?
by Magpie26
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: France - Scotland : counting the (*)
Replies: 510
Views: 12659

Re: France - Scotland : counting the (*)

Great try :thumbup:

For all his strengths, Dupont is not driving the game as he should from 9 :?
by Magpie26
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: France - Scotland : counting the (*)
Replies: 510
Views: 12659

Re: France - Scotland : counting the (*)

Yer Man wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:53 pm
P in VG wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:51 pm
MrDominator wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:49 pm The two best flankers in the world (Underhill and Curry) paired with Faletau.
:lol:
When Jeremy Clarkson selects a rugby team :lol: :lol:
:lol: :lol:
by Magpie26
Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Lazy Hurricanes V Highlanders Fred
Replies: 88
Views: 1572

Re: Lazy Hurricanes V Highlanders Fred

Just caught the game.....at last a decent win :thumbup: Highlanders certainly could have won that, just did not / could not capitalize on their territory and chances. Some great defense by the Canes, especially at the breakdown and a lucky break with Frizzell dropping the ball after an incredible ef...
by Magpie26
Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Will Greenwood's Lions Team - Just one English player in XV
Replies: 171
Views: 7747

Re: Will Greenwood's Lions Team - Just one English player in XV

Pretty good selection for me, not many I would argue with. Would probably go with Henshaw and Davies in the centers providing Davies comes back into decent form. 9 & 10 are the weakest areas - Murray and Sexton are not the players they once were and I don't see them as having 3 top level games week ...
by Magpie26
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The emasculation of England's scrum
Replies: 23
Views: 1954

Re: The emasculation of England's scrum

We have issues at the engage, caused largely by the fact we're trying to retain the gap while other teams are trying to close it. Refs get fed up with all the arsing about. Sinckler is much more effective when he can use his speed across the gap. Ireland's new knees on floor scrum technique for the...
by Magpie26
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Woodward: "I genuinely believe the Premiership is the strongest league in the world."
Replies: 117
Views: 4054

Re: Woodward: "I genuinely believe the Premiership is the strongest league in the world."

I genuinely believe only a handful of sides in the Premiership could give a Super Rugby side a game. The Crusaders would destroy most Premiership sides. Like, really embarrass them. They're not a club team though. If we amalgamated the Premiership or Top14 sides into 5 sides only, the quality would...
by Magpie26
Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Woodward: "I genuinely believe the Premiership is the strongest league in the world."
Replies: 117
Views: 4054

Re: Woodward: "I genuinely believe the Premiership is the strongest league in the world."

I genuinely believe only a handful of sides in the Premiership could give a Super Rugby side a game. The Crusaders would destroy most Premiership sides. Like, really embarrass them. They're not a club team though. If we amalgamated the Premiership or Top14 sides into 5 sides only, the quality would...