lookit, we all understand and acknowledge that some of the welsh need to hide behind the apron strings of their bigger neighbours, but lots of the free world would have liked to see the tournament go to a strong, confident, independent, smaller nation.Kid A wrote:What a steaming massive pile of envious horse manure.rfurlong wrote:The achievement of a "strong France" via granting them the RWC, for the purposes of "cracking continental Europe" is possibly the most spivtastic thing I've ever heardcroyals wrote:The fact that they are the only one of the 6N to show any interest in rugby on the continent? That they have played Top 14 games in Spain? That it dispels the image of rugby as a sport for the Anglosphere?Mullet 2 wrote:croyals wrote:In all the talk of rejuvenating SA rugby, it shouldn't be forgotten that a strong France is the way into cracking much of continental Europe.
Are you basing this on anything?
The writings on the Duke of Marlborough or the like?
The same T14 sides you laud for playing games in Spain, are setting up academies in the Pacific ffs. They (and their owners) are the very reason why France's international side is such a fvcking mess today.
France have been rewarded for throwing money at the bid (as well as guaranteeing bigger financial returns to WR and sponsors). They have won, not because they represent an opportunity to grow the game as per your analysis. They have won because they are spivs.
I know thats hard for you to comprehend, as you and many of your country( )men suffer from Stockholm syndrome and are in thrall to your english paymasters (seems the same still goes for some of the scots too), but sometimes pushing back against the status quo and showing some ambition and vision, can be a good move
you should try it ..... you'll loathe yourself much less afterwards.