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by TheFrog
Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:31 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
Replies: 24811
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

Servat just cleared all rumors about his "well-being" in Toulouse... And just sent a journalist (Christian Jaurena) from Lequipe packing. :thumbup: :D http://www.wat.tv/embedframe/479149chuPP3r9639061 That's got to hurt. :lol: Aouch. Il a du avoir peur de prendre un coup de boule en plus. :lol:
by TheFrog
Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
Replies: 24811
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

I know they're struggling at the moment, but it's not what I'm talking about. They're forwards-oriented now. They can be damn good with that style of play (hey they won the Brennus back to back), but they're not playing "à la toulousaine" any more. It's over, and I'm wondering if Elissalde is good ...
by TheFrog
Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:52 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
Replies: 24811
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

Well, apart from Toulouse choking at home against Perpignan, it was almost back to business as usual for this round of Top14. It is a tight race between Racing and Grenoble for the 6th spot, with Perpignan breathing down their neck. Biarritz didn't impress but still beat Castres. Toulon is now 11 pt...
by TheFrog
Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
Replies: 24811
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

Toulouse are in trouble. I don't really care but it is never good to have a good part of national team in a losing team. Galan was excellent. He needs to lose some weight though. But if Picamoles can further improve his fitness and speed then him at 6 and Galan at 8 is a pretty sweet combo. Poitren...
by TheFrog
Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
Replies: 24811
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

I've just seen the first half of the Toulouse-Perpignan game. Toulouse looked the better team ball in hands, but committed to many mistakes. The main issue is that they don't manage to get this free flowing game going, I don't think I saw more than 2 passes for one given phase, except in a few hourr...
by TheFrog
Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
Replies: 24811
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

Toulouse are in trouble. I don't really care but it is never good to have a good part of national team in a losing team. Galan was excellent. He needs to lose some weight though. But if Picamoles can further improve his fitness and speed then him at 6 and Galan at 8 is a pretty sweet combo. Poitren...
by TheFrog
Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
Replies: 24811
Views: 1060748

Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

It is absolutely indecent to go from 0-41 against a side that struggles to 51-6 against a side that is among the Top8 in Europe...
by TheFrog
Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
Replies: 24811
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

Dje28 wrote:Fickou was playing. He was bad, but he's a 19 year old kid. He can't do miracles in a struggling team.
And some want him in the French team... Imagine the bloodshed... :roll:
by TheFrog
Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

Toulouse is baffling. The only player who can currently make any difference is McAlister, but he's the same type of player as Michalak, prone to brainfarts and incapable to control and win tight games. Burgess is terrible. The backline is a wasteland, with Poitrenaud being Poitrenaud, Médard comple...
by TheFrog
Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
Replies: 24811
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

And Toulouse lost to Perpignan... It starts to look embarrassing for Toulouse, yet, I can't help but be confident for them on the long run.
by TheFrog
Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
Replies: 24811
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

USAP travelling to Toulouse tomorrow night (KO 20:50, Stade Ernest Wallon). Last time they won here was in... 1982 !! however this one will be tough for us, without all our internationals, playing with our heads deep in our ars*s lately and Perpignan doing very well. Also this will be Guy Novès 100...
by TheFrog
Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

On UBB vs Toulon: 41-0, this shows how increibly important mental strength and commitment is in rugby. More so than all other collective sports. That result is simply incredible given RCT's starting XV. I do not believe that fitness is the primer parameter here; it is just that Toulon mentally were...
by TheFrog
Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
Replies: 24811
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

I was pissed off with Clermont's performance, but now that I can put this in perspective, I am not too fussied...

It looks like the big teams are focusing on preparing bigger matches later in the year.
by TheFrog
Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:20 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir laine
Replies: 24811
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Re: Le top XIV la Pro D2 les Fédérales.Le retour façon mir l

Clermont announces the team for Racing, and Buttin... is on the bench. Le XV de départ: Floch ; Sivivatu, Rougerie, King, Nalaga ; (o) James, (m) Radosavljevic ; Lapandry, Bonnaire, Vosloo ; Hines, Cudmore ; Kotze, Paulo, Chaume. Les remplaçants: Cabello, Domingo, Pierre, Vermeulen, Senio, Stanley, ...
by TheFrog
Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:24 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

I think it's interesting to consider the way some teams recover well and perform at a consistent level. Say, over the course of a 4 week tour with a test every week... teams that maintain high skill levels despite the fatigue factor. Skill levels are a good sign of recovery, after all. Yep. Further...
by TheFrog
Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:59 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

To the question raised by some "what has doping to do with a country", and in line with response refering to a culture of doping, I'd like to bring back this chart to the front. If I were British, I would worry. Who cherches for GHRP http://www.abc.net.au/news/linkableblob/4506292/data/web-searches-...
by TheFrog
Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

Please note that whilst the discussion so far is okay and discussing people who have been confirmed as drug takers is fine, a friendly reminder that speculation is not helpful or welcome. It may put PR in a position of having to defend itself against a possible law suit. This will not be tolerated....
by TheFrog
Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:14 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

naki wrote:I refuse to believe the ARU will be implicated in this shocking affair.

And if they are, maaaaaate, you're doing it wrong.
:lol:

What would you say about the French then? Half of the time, the docs mix up the injections, and the guys fall apart on the pitch. :x
by TheFrog
Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:11 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

Hypocrisy about drug taking is probably my bete noire. Probably not exceeded by the US track and field association who covered up 3 failed drug tests from Carl Lewis, yet who made such a fuss when Ben Johnson beat him in the 1988 Olympic 100m final. Or the sheer cynicism displayed by finding that M...
by TheFrog
Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

Who cherches for GHRP

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Did you notice the UK? :shock:
by TheFrog
Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

This thing is going to be explosive for the NRL, AFL, and it seems an A-league game in Melbourne has been fixed. Rugby hopefully will not be involved to any great extent, some times it is good to be a conservative sport, this is one of those times. :roll: The use of prohibited substances, including...
by TheFrog
Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

Last NYE I was at a party in Sydney and started talking to a bloke who had arrived with 2 minders ( a couple of other people had minders, there were a few prostitutes around and lots of drugs, strange kind of doo). Anyway, turns out he was quite a big dealer but he only had 7 "clients" all of them ...
by TheFrog
Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

Last NYE I was at a party in Sydney and started talking to a bloke who had arrived with 2 minders ( a couple of other people had minders, there were a few prostitutes around and lots of drugs, strange kind of doo). Anyway, turns out he was quite a big dealer but he only had 7 "clients" all of them ...
by TheFrog
Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

If the French team we saw against Italy destroys Wales in a high tempo game, I want them checked one by one.
by TheFrog
Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

Wiggins was likely tested 20+ times this year. I'd wager he's clean. you would, you lemming. Why do you follow sport if you think everyone is cheating? :? Because I like sports, and I believe that these guys are actually talented guys, who worked their arse off to get where they are today. And that...
by TheFrog
Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:42 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

Hey Towny,

How well do you know Richie McCaw, and how often have you witnessed his training regime. I am just curious about your affirmation that he does fudge all weights (leaving doping issues aside).
by TheFrog
Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

As one French humorist did put it: "Of course you can run the Tour de France without doping. But if they were to do that, they would have to start the race in January and finish in December". I was reminded of Jacques Anquetil's quote that you can't ride around France on Mineral Water during the La...
by TheFrog
Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

And to come back to your point, polyallstar, of the British performances. It is very hard to be suspicious of what you adore. As kids, we grew up thinking our parents were kings and saints at the same time, all powerful, and pure. We also learnt to love our country, usually, and had plenty of positi...
by TheFrog
Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

Polyallstars, in all fairness, all this public lyncher of the odd athlet who has been caught cheating disgusts me. That's the hypocrisy I hate the most. Even in the case of Lance Armstrong, who, according to reports (I don't know him personnally and have to rely on what is written about him) is a p...
by TheFrog
Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

I think the following extracts sum up exactly my understanding of the world of professional sport and doping, which I gained through talking with first division rugby physio, a former Olympique de Marseille and France U18 player and a coach of second division volley-ball team in the South West of Fr...
by TheFrog
Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

Polyallstars, in all fairness, all this public lyncher of the odd athlet who has been caught cheating disgusts me. That's the hypocrisy I hate the most. Even in the case of Lance Armstrong, who, according to reports (I don't know him personnally and have to rely on what is written about him) is a pi...
by TheFrog
Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

There is a lot of talks about products that are almost harmless, such as cafeine or salbutamol or the likes, but this is also a smokescreen. Creatin is another example I can think of.
by TheFrog
Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

Cheers Polyallstars,

Thanks for that post.

If it could stop the behaviour which consists in adoring one guy one day, and lynching him the next day, that would be great.

If journalists could stop the hypocrisy as well, this would be welcomed.
by TheFrog
Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

I feel the need to clarify that these AFL players are not being accused of knowingly taking PEDs but rather being given a supplement which may or may not have contained substances on the banned list, amongst other ingredients. Don't really think you can accuse them of trying to cheat to gain an adv...
by TheFrog
Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

This time of the month, Towny?
by TheFrog
Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

Drugs will be rife in rugby, one day there will be a whistle blower and it shouldn't surprise anybody with hafl a brain. I'm sure a few players are. I do not believe, however, that its systematic or in anyway comparable to cycling. There are too many players being tested, for such little positive r...
by TheFrog
Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

DragsterDriver wrote:Drugs will be rife in rugby, one day there will be a whistle blower and it shouldn't surprise anybody with hafl a brain.
Bah... Couple guys will be singled out, one of them will be named the ring leader, he'll take all the blame, and everybody will move on.
by TheFrog
Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".
Replies: 413
Views: 18945

Re: Drugs in sport...this could get "interesting".

Here's a link to an article discussing AFL club Essendon's explosive revelation yesterday that they have asked the AFL to investigate the use of 'supplements' by their team of 'sport scientists' in their player program. Note, the article is written by Caro Wilson, something of an inveterate gossip ...