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BBC showing Wales Ireland from 2005 on Saturday. One to pencil in - bugger all else to do.


I just started my first stint in the US, so just missed all that. :twisted:


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Frodder wrote:
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BBC showing Wales Ireland from 2005 on Saturday. One to pencil in - bugger all else to do.


Now that was an occasion. 27 years we had to wait. Murderers get less time6 than that


I just watched the game in 45 minutes. At the end the commentator announces first time beaten Ireland in Cardiff for 22 years. My God we were shite. I actually forgot about that record.


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Frodder wrote:
Derwyn wrote:
BBC showing Wales Ireland from 2005 on Saturday. One to pencil in - bugger all else to do.


Now that was an occasion. 27 years we had to wait. Murderers get less time6 than that


I just watched the game in 45 minutes. At the end the commentator announces first time beaten Ireland in Cardiff for 22 years. My God we were shite. I actually forgot about that record.


At 1 point we beat each other regulary at the other's grounds. We has a good record in Dublin in the 70's, 80's and even the 90's. The 90's were the lowest point for us until Henry showed up


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LandOTurk wrote:
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BBC showing Wales Ireland from 2005 on Saturday. One to pencil in - bugger all else to do.


Now that was an occasion. 27 years we had to wait. Murderers get less time6 than that


I just watched the game in 45 minutes. At the end the commentator announces first time beaten Ireland in Cardiff for 22 years. My God we were shite. I actually forgot about that record.


It beggars belief doesn't it.

It's not even like Ireland were particularly good for most of that time.


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Frodder wrote:
LandOTurk wrote:
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BBC showing Wales Ireland from 2005 on Saturday. One to pencil in - bugger all else to do.


Now that was an occasion. 27 years we had to wait. Murderers get less time6 than that


I just watched the game in 45 minutes. At the end the commentator announces first time beaten Ireland in Cardiff for 22 years. My God we were shite. I actually forgot about that record.


At 1 point we beat each other regulary at the other's grounds. We has a good record in Dublin in the 70's, 80's and even the 90's. The 90's were the lowest point for us until Henry showed up


Yeah Henry is a good poster, really lightens the mood. :thumbup:


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BBC showing Wales Ireland from 2005 on Saturday. One to pencil in - bugger all else to do.


Now that was an occasion. 27 years we had to wait. Murderers get less time6 than that


I just watched the game in 45 minutes. At the end the commentator announces first time beaten Ireland in Cardiff for 22 years. My God we were shite. I actually forgot about that record.


At 1 point we beat each other regulary at the other's grounds. We has a good record in Dublin in the 70's, 80's and even the 90's. The 90's were the lowest point for us until Henry showed up


Yeah Henry is a good poster, really lightens the mood. :thumbup:


I believe he uses a lower case h in his name, as a mark of respect for the Great Redeemer.


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henry thinks he's the glue that holds us all together


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The only thing weirder than that stat about Ireland consistently winning in Cardiff, for me as a lad starting to watch rugby in the mid 80s, was when England finally won in Cardiff (1991) after about 30 years. It was my first realisation that Wales were approximately ten million times better at rugby than England.


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JJ over Shane everytime. Shane's Lions record is distinctly ok


Yes. I was trying to focus on those Welsh who excelled as Lions. Not the other way around i.e. excelled with Wales but not Lions.


Shane basically had one genuine Lions test not under a batshit crazy coach whose ego had lost the plot and he scored 2 tries to help bring a respectable outcome to the series. He is also has a Lions series win as a player.


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The only thing weirder than that stat about Ireland consistently winning in Cardiff, for me as a lad starting to watch rugby in the mid 80s, was when England finally won in Cardiff (1991) after about 30 years. It was my first realisation that Wales were approximately ten million times better at rugby than England.


1981 we so nearly lost against the Saes but Dusty Hare fudged up a last minute penalty. 1987 was the 'battle of Cardiff' where fighting got interrupted by Rugby and 89 was the worst quality game I have ever seen


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You've got to think that all those weekends away in Cardiff and Dublin must have been amazing when the home teams kept losing. Great craic, so to speak.


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Sorry for the intrusion. Would it be insensitive to ask whether Gareth Thomas is contractually obligated to be in the news every few months with some kind of injustice or tragedy to report?

Don't answer that, I know it would be, still... :?


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Sorry for the intrusion. Would it be insensitive to ask whether Gareth Thomas is contractually obligated to be in the news every few months with some kind of injustice or tragedy to report?

Don't answer that, I know it would be, still... :?

I felt the same when I saw him pop up on the news...again tbf.


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Sorry for the intrusion. Would it be insensitive to ask whether Gareth Thomas is contractually obligated to be in the news every few months with some kind of injustice or tragedy to report?

Don't answer that, I know it would be, still... :?


He struggled with an Australian bush fire connection tbf


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Frodder wrote:
matta25 wrote:
Sorry for the intrusion. Would it be insensitive to ask whether Gareth Thomas is contractually obligated to be in the news every few months with some kind of injustice or tragedy to report?

Don't answer that, I know it would be, still... :?


He struggled with an Australian bush fire connection tbf

Yeeb in 3...2....1....


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Frodder wrote:
matta25 wrote:
Sorry for the intrusion. Would it be insensitive to ask whether Gareth Thomas is contractually obligated to be in the news every few months with some kind of injustice or tragedy to report?

Don't answer that, I know it would be, still... :?


He struggled with an Australian bush fire connection tbf

Yeeb in 3...2....1....


Only certain Saes are allowed in i.e. You, henry and EDF


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Frodder wrote:
happyhooker wrote:
Frodder wrote:
matta25 wrote:
Sorry for the intrusion. Would it be insensitive to ask whether Gareth Thomas is contractually obligated to be in the news every few months with some kind of injustice or tragedy to report?

Don't answer that, I know it would be, still... :?


He struggled with an Australian bush fire connection tbf

Yeeb in 3...2....1....


Only certain Saes are allowed in i.e. You, henry and EDF

Subtle


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WOL reporting Parkes and Owen Williams are off to Japan


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WOL reporting Parkes and Owen Williams are off to Japan


Noooo! I mean, Parkes I can understand. Good chance to cash in, not going to make the next world cup...good guy, wish him well.

But Owen Williams? Should be just about hitting his peak, got a great chance to make a play for a welsh spot (especially if Parkes goes), he's in a problem spot for Wales. Clearly I was hoping he would come to the Dragons but I'd rather he went to the Ospreys than leave Wales entirely.


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WOL reporting Parkes and Owen Williams are off to Japan


Noooo! I mean, Parkes I can understand. Good chance to cash in, not going to make the next world cup...good guy, wish him well.

But Owen Williams? Should be just about hitting his peak, got a great chance to make a play for a welsh spot (especially if Parkes goes), he's in a problem spot for Wales. Clearly I was hoping he would come to the Dragons but I'd rather he went to the Ospreys than leave Wales entirely.


Maybe Owen thinks his injuries are getting to a point he needs to make his money while he has the chance and then retire with his body intact.


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Frodder wrote:
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WOL reporting Parkes and Owen Williams are off to Japan


Noooo! I mean, Parkes I can understand. Good chance to cash in, not going to make the next world cup...good guy, wish him well.

But Owen Williams? Should be just about hitting his peak, got a great chance to make a play for a welsh spot (especially if Parkes goes), he's in a problem spot for Wales. Clearly I was hoping he would come to the Dragons but I'd rather he went to the Ospreys than leave Wales entirely.


Maybe Owen thinks his injuries are getting to a point he needs to make his money while he has the chance and then retire with his body intact.


Possibly. Short career, they know their body best, etc, etc...but he'd be a great signing for someone and playing 10-12, he's surely a strong chance of a squad place if he's in Wales. Ah, well. Reading the article it seems pretty nailed on now.


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None of the regions will be spending money as their main focus will be on mitigating the losses during such times. Sadly it means players like Owen Williams will slip through the net.


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henry thinks he's the glue that holds us all together


What you mean ‘think’?


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henry wrote:
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henry thinks he's the glue that holds us all together


What you mean ‘think’?


We miss you henry. Hope you and your family are safe during these tough times.


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henry wrote:
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What you mean ‘think’?


You started this thread h and we'll be at the 600 soon enough if that counts


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What you mean ‘think’?


You started this thread h and we'll be at the 600 soon enough if that counts

Ooooooh.......


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Let’s call a spade a spade here, it is good news that Hadleigh Sparkes is off though well done of his achievements. He was approaching fluffbert levels. A Tomcyns/Davies partnership will be the first tested.


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Let’s call a spade a spade here, it is good news that Hadleigh Sparkes is off though well done of his achievements. He was approaching fluffbert levels. A Tomcyns/Davies partnership will be the first tested.


I'd be very happy to see that a sour first choice partnership. However as Tompkins is also the 2nd choice 13 as well, it does leave us without many options. Halaholo will be fit again next season...maybe he can give us a bit of midfield x factor too.


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We've got the best player of all time aka Owen Lane to come back as well


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I wouldn't bet against Pivac finding a way to still select Parkes playing in Japan


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Anscombe passes it to Halaholo who gets the offload out to Tomkins who kicks ahead for McNicholl who chases it with Holmes.

What are we doing here guys? Wales or International sanctuary for players just not good enough for their own country


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It’s Grannygate all over again, Clive.


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Yes, its certainly become that. Proper non Welsh - Francis, Rowlands, Anscombe, Halaholo, McNichol and Holmes. Anyone else?

I consider Ball Welsh though despite being brought up in England and to a lesser extent Oz. Hs dad is a full on taff.


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Proper first XXIII all Welsh

Halfpenny
Liam
JD
Watkin
Adams
Biggar
Cawdor

Rob Evs
Ken
Leon
AWJ
Cory
Navidi
Tips
Moriarty

Sausage, Elias, Lewis, Seb, Shingler, Tomos, Patchell, North


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Foxy and Shingler are Saes born iirc


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Foxy and Shingler are Saes born iirc


Yes, as is North, but they are 100% Welsh.


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Could we field a non-Welsh Wales team, can be lenient

15. Holmes
14. McNichol
13. Halaholo
12. Tompkins
11.
10. Anscombe
9.
8. Taulupe
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5. Rowlands
4. Ball
3. Francis
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Could we field a non-Welsh Wales team, can be lenient

15. Holmes
14. McNichol
13. Halaholo
12. Tompkins
11.
10. Anscombe
9.
8. Taulupe
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6.
5. Rowlands
4. Ball
3. Francis
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Recall the Cuthbert


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In more positive news - hopefully this break means we'll have a fully fit squad to choose from when rugby eventually returns. What's everyones starting XV if everyone is 100% fit?

Mine would be:

R Evans / Ken / Francis
AWJ / Ball
Navidi / Faletau / Tipuric
Tomos W
Anscombe
Tomkins / J Davies
Adams / L Williams / Lane

Bench: Carre / Dee / Lewis / Hill / E Jenkins / G Davies / Biggar / Halfpenny

With Carre / Brown / Dee / Elias / Basham / Jarrod / Patchell / Wainwright - being phased in more and more to seamlessly replace the golden oldies before the next WC


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P in VG wrote:
In more positive news - hopefully this break means we'll have a fully fit squad to choose from when rugby eventually returns. What's everyones starting XV if everyone is 100% fit?

Mine would be:

R Evans / Ken / Francis
AWJ / Ball
Navidi / Faletau / Tipuric
Tomos W
Anscombe
Tomkins / J Davies
Adams / L Williams / Lane

Bench: Carre / Dee / Lewis / Hill / E Jenkins / G Davies / Biggar / Halfpenny

With Carre / Brown / Dee / Elias / Basham / Jarrod / Patchell / Wainwright - being phased in more and more to seamlessly replace the golden oldies before the next WC


Carre / Ken / Francis
AWJ / Ball
Navidi / Faletau / Tipuric
G Davies
Anscombe
Tomkins / J Davies
Adams / L Williams / Lane

Bench: R Evans / Elias / Brown / Hill / Moriarty / R Webb / Biggar / Halfpenny


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