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by Magpie26
Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: WORLD TEST CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL- New Zealand vs India, The Rose Bowl, Southampton(moved from Lords because of COVID)
Replies: 431
Views: 9906

Re: WORLD TEST CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL- New Zealand vs India, The Rose Bowl, Southampton(moved from Lords because of COVID)

I think Jeremy Coney's views were pretty spot on:

From an outsider's point of view it is very difficult to understand how you can surround yourself with so many coaches, helpers and so many staff and so many facilities and so much money and so many good contracts and perform like that.
by Magpie26
Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 25821
Views: 740316

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

By saying the UK should honour an agreement the UK made and signed? If we want to say the deal is a rancid piece of shit then blame those on our side who negotiated it, refused parliamentary review, signed it, and then claimed the win for 'getting Brexit done' By all means go back to the EU and say...
by Magpie26
Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: How will Ngani Laumape be remembered?
Replies: 81
Views: 1666

Re: How will Ngani Laumape be remembered?

For me he was a massive part of the Canes for the last 5 years and I am certainly glad he was playing for us and not against us 8) As for international level, well I can appreciate why he only made a limited number of appearances, while his strengths were obvious honestly speaking his distribution a...
by Magpie26
Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: English Joe
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: English Joe

C69 wrote: Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:42 am
Magpie26 wrote: Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:40 am
Trostan wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:37 pm Wonders why New York isn't shut down for St George's Day parade
Celebrating a British saint is OK but a Turkish one is a step too far?
Welsh Saint tbh :thumbup:
Not sure its every been proven he was Welsh?
by Magpie26
Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Looking ahead to next season... The Highlanders
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: Looking ahead to next season... The Highlanders

What the Highlanders could also do is cease with their ridiculous requirement for squad members to play their club rugby in Dunedin. Way to grow the game and standard across their catchment. :roll: Whilst I agree with your sentiment, how does this compare with the other franchises? I can't think of...
by Magpie26
Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: English Joe
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: English Joe

Trostan wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:37 pm Wonders why New York isn't shut down for St George's Day parade
Celebrating a British saint is OK but a Turkish one is a step too far?
by Magpie26
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes v Reds.
Replies: 254
Views: 2784

Re: Hurricanes v Reds.

Just finished watching the replay and another rather disjointed display by the Canes :( Just not functioning as the team should. Roigard and Love are both new so maybe some excuse there. Love looked a bit more confident today which was good to see. Some very good performances from the Reds with McDe...
by Magpie26
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes v Reds.
Replies: 254
Views: 2784

Re: Hurricanes v Reds.

Can anyone explain to me what was wrong with the call? To my eyes it couldn't have been more obviously knocked out. He didn't look like he was trying to ground it If he was trying to hit the ball out, the palm of his hand would have faced the sideline. His was facing down. If there had been a clear...
by Magpie26
Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: TT Super Rugby: Chiefs Vs Rebels : MATCH THREAD
Replies: 93
Views: 1592

Re: TT Super Rugby: Chiefs Vs Rebels : MATCH THREAD

Enzedder wrote: Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:04 am AC - I'll make it easy for you. No Chiefs in the team of the week - their heart and mind isn't in it
??? Anton Lienert-Brown was excellent and probably the best centre of the round.
Trask continues to impress :thumbup:
by Magpie26
Fri May 28, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes V Force "Battle of the Wind"
Replies: 169
Views: 2560

Re: Hurricanes V Force "Battle of the Wind"

Good to see Kearney is enjoying his holiday.

Another game where he basically picked up an appearance fee.
by Magpie26
Fri May 28, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 25821
Views: 740316

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

Thanks EU, but no thanks. https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss-reject-framework-agreement-deal-with-eu/46651454 While the right-wing People’s Party welcomed the government decision as a “victory for Swiss sovereignty and direct democracy”, most of the other main parties lamented the failure to reach ...
by Magpie26
Fri May 28, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 25821
Views: 740316

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

Thanks EU, but no thanks. https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss-reject-framework-agreement-deal-with-eu/46651454 While the right-wing People’s Party welcomed the government decision as a “victory for Swiss sovereignty and direct democracy”, most of the other main parties lamented the failure to reach ...
by Magpie26
Thu May 27, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 25821
Views: 740316

Re: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread

by Magpie26
Fri May 21, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: No thread on what is happening in Jerusalem?
Replies: 817
Views: 23522

Re: No thread on what is happening in Jerusalem?

sorCrer wrote: Fri May 21, 2021 4:22 pm
bimboman wrote: Fri May 21, 2021 3:50 pm Like it or not democracy is important.
So the +/- 2.5 million Palestinians get a say in how they are 'ruled' in the West Bank?
I'm not sure I can believe a Saffer is saying this :?
by Magpie26
Fri May 21, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Will the Springboks turn up to the Rugby Championship this year?
Replies: 156
Views: 4245

Re: Will the Springboks turn up to the Rugby Championship this year?

So Argentina play all their matches away... SA play Argentina at home twice... and then NZ and Australia away twice... Big advantage to NZ and Australia this year The Kiwis and Crims are too scared to travel I heard they need to clock up 400,000 air-miles before they feel safe to travel long distan...
by Magpie26
Wed May 19, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL Brexit Thread
Replies: 25821
Views: 740316

Re: Re:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E1LxcW-WEAAWr9y?format=png&name=small looks like a quick recovery :thumbup: Seriously? Is that genuine? It is, has recovered very quickly in value, though not in all sectors. That is a "balance of payments" graphic and nothing to do with export values. On its own it says...
by Magpie26
Thu May 13, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Nzru turn down Springboks request for a warm-up test
Replies: 80
Views: 3100

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: 61
Views: 2004

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: 25821
Views: 740316

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: 61
Views: 2004

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: 61
Views: 2004

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: 6609
Views: 514975

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: 1149

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: 2537

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: 564

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: 152
Views: 5536

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: 393
Views: 13926

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: 2104

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: 863

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: 25821
Views: 740316

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: 25821
Views: 740316

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: 3852

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: 25821
Views: 740316

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: 25821
Views: 740316

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: 25821
Views: 740316

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: 39132
Views: 1189462

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: 39132
Views: 1189462

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: 89158
Views: 4747872

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: 89158
Views: 4747872

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...