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How many followers do you have Seneca? Loser, ha ha.
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It’s amazing how much difference that paywall made. He used to be quite regular here, now you just hear faint echoes from his padded cell :thumbup:
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Seneca of the Night wrote:
fatcat wrote:How many followers do you have Seneca? Loser, ha ha.
Well, there is Santa, and Wilson's Toffee, and, um, well, at least I have excellent followers. 8)
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c69 wrote:
Seneca of the Night wrote:
fatcat wrote:How many followers do you have Seneca? Loser, ha ha.
Well, there is Santa, and Wilson's Toffee, and, um, well, at least I have excellent followers. 8)
Tbh bimbo's lips are usually hanging off your cock as well
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Attention Kiwis.

Stephen Jones is Welsh.
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Seneca of the Night wrote:
ManInTheBar wrote:
c69 wrote:
Seneca of the Night wrote:
fatcat wrote:How many followers do you have Seneca? Loser, ha ha.
Well, there is Santa, and Wilson's Toffee, and, um, well, at least I have excellent followers. 8)
Tbh bimbo's lips are usually hanging off your cock as well
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Seneca of the Night wrote:
fatcat wrote:How many followers do you have Seneca? Loser, ha ha.
Well, there is Santa, and Wilson's Toffee, and, um, well, at least I have excellent followers. 8)
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A large number of key words alerting me to this thread.
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Geez guy's just doing his normal Salvador Dali impression. Paint a picture that really ain't a picture and see what comes.
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Yourmother wrote:A large number of key words alerting me to this thread.
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I suppose it's a good tactic. But mediocre all blacks tend to be better than mediocre players from other countries.
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c69 wrote:
Seneca of the Night wrote:
fatcat wrote:How many followers do you have Seneca? Loser, ha ha.
Well, there is Santa, and Wilson's Toffee, and, um, well, at least I have excellent followers. 8)
Tbh bimbo's lips are usually hanging off your cock as well

Oh, more homophobia from our resident left leader. Utter scum.
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England must beat New Zealand to have had a successful World Cup. If they lose it is a disappointment. There. Sometimes you wonder if life is really harder than rugby or vice versa. But it is true, and I would guess that Eddie Jones and Owen Farrell, in their hearts, realise it.

If anybody in the camp is going to settle for one outstanding quarter-final win, wave their hands in the air and tell themselves that they did their best in defeat against a great side, shame they lost, then the whole thing — the massive finance, the massive time factor, ambition, world-class, peak of rugby — all means nothing. They may as well not have spent all those millions of man hours and existed on a budget of £2.50 like the Tier 2 teams.

To deem brave defeat acceptable would also be to demean the occasion. Games like this are the reason a World Cup exists. England versus New Zealand at Tokyo stadium on Saturday. Colossal. Name me any true sports followers who will not watch it.

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It could represent the high point of the careers of many participants, because it is the classic confrontation between north and south, between two nations brought together in times of war but whose surface dislike when it comes to sport, and especially rugby, can be marked.

And yet for only one of the teams will there be the chance of an even higher peak. For the losing team they will never get the chance of the ultimate prize — they will not emulate Martin Johnson or Jonny Wilkinson. Never get to see somebody bid £500,000 for unused substitute Dorian West’s World Cup final jersey.


So that is what is at stake. Now the next problem. What on earth can England do against this machine created by Steve Hansen? Jones will be called upon to answer that question all week in the team room, in his own head, and by hordes of inquisitive media people.

But handily, he has already given the answer. He gave it four years ago in his first interview after arriving in England as head coach. “You cannot beat the All Blacks by playing them at their own game,” he told me. “You have to find ways of imposing yourself upon them, and maybe when the time comes, we will have an English style of play — that is what we will be looking to create.”

But now that we have all seen the first team and understood the plan, it seems that there is an English way, there is a means of playing which England have adopted which is not their hoary old style but nor is it an attempt to run faster than the speedy All Blacks. It is a classic mix, and yesterday it worked a treat.

That is why they will go into the game with hope. They cannot play as fast as New Zealand and their forwards, man for man, are not as good on the ball as the All Blacks. Ireland discovered in a brutal manner just how tough New Zealand are to stop when they play at their highest pace, are all over everything like a black rash, allow no time for the defence to re-set, or even breathe.

England can forget the old way which used to work — taking on New Zealand up front. It used to be possible when the silly Super Rugby years robbed them of props but now even after recent retirements, the new men, Joe Moody and Nepo Laulala are settled in. They will never become all-time greats but they will stand their ground. The New Zealand lineout is brilliant. Simple, yet effective.

But England definitely have weapons to use, and weapons which are not replicated in the opposition. They have developed a series of outstanding ball carriers — Billy and Mako Vunipola, Kyle Sinckler, Jamie George, Manu Tuilagi, and the speed and guile of Jonny May on the wing. New Zealand will not be on the front foot next week as often as they were against the ponderous Irish back row yesterday.

They also have two flankers. Sam Underhill and Tom Curry are not the typical jackal New Zealand flankers, they are both all-court players with a vast range of talents, they have youth and devil and pace on their side and neither, despite their youth, will feel any inhibitions or awe concerning the opposition.

Curry is quick, Underhill hits like a steam hammer. Yesterday against the feted Hooper-Pocock combination, they were dominant. The pair erased Australia’s own dynamic duo with relative ease.

England can play rapidly when they need to, but next weekend, they can slow it down as well. They can consider this as they wait ages for the ever-longer, ever-more-ludicrous haka to end, if ever.

There is no point in hurrying to a scrum or a lineout or a restart. No point in an endless stream of tap penalties. Their revived maul can slow the play, the carriers can take New Zealand on to the back foot, so that the aggressive defensive cannot move so quickly.

This does not mean that England want to play a ponderous game, that is not them. But they should do their best to make New Zealand fret when pace is taken off every part of the activity. As they do that they can pounce for the mediocre players in the New Zealand team. Every team has them, and New Zealand are no different.

They may not start as favourites. But Eddie Jones has enough up his sleeve and at his disposal to make it a ferocious contest. Now he has finally chosen his first team, a mere four years after arriving, they are more than a match for most.
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Achahoish wrote:England must beat New Zealand to have had a successful World Cup.
Interesting if true.
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bessantj wrote:
Achahoish wrote:England must beat New Zealand to have had a successful World Cup.
Interesting if true.
It is the verbal equivalent of click-bait - I wasn't tempted to read the whole thing but that did provoke me

In truth if England play well and lose to the better side then it will have been a successful campaign with just the regrets you would expect. If we play BADLY then expect meltdownmageddon
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Sam Underhill and Tom Curry are not the typical jackal New Zealand flankers
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naki wrote:
Sam Underhill and Tom Curry are not the typical jackal New Zealand flankers
Moron
Typical. New Zealand. Jackal. Flankers. A species the WWF has on the critically endangered list.

The stupid fat fúck is truly just phoning it in, isn’t he.
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Jones starting already - I thought he had disappeared; unfortunately not.
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Seneca of the Night wrote:Well, not all of them, but some:
they should do their best to make New Zealand fret when pace is taken off every part of their activity. As they do that they can pounce for the mediocre players in the New Zealand team.
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Quite a moderate article from Jones, to be fair. Only a couple of gross inaccuracies. And quite a tame dig at the Haka. Perhaps hes mellowing in his old age.
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Stephen Jones has some really really high standards does he really believe what he says.
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I was thinking exactly this. By Jones' own rabid standards, this is very much a pipe and slippers in front of the fire kind of a piece. If you take out the childish jibe at the Haka and the ridiculous choice of 'mediocre' it almost makes sense. Either they have changed his medication, or someone else is writing his articles and slipping in flashes of his prejudices in an attempt to make the impression credible.

It still ignores the power and quality of New Zealand's carriers, underestimates their front row forwards, dismisses the Super 15 for creating a weak pack which I don't remember and implies that throwing line-out ball directly to where Whitelock and Retallick will jump up and catch it is a slightly primitive tactic. It is so close to reasonable though that either the Times have finally come to their senses and started doctoring the old boy's copy, or we can expect a blistering two page spread with photographs later this week outlining all of the ways in which the Kiwis cheat.
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That seemed pretty tame to be honest. Disappointed.

Let's see if Rattue can one up Jonesy.
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elfieldinho wrote:I was thinking exactly this. By Jones' own rabid standards, this is very much a pipe and slippers in front of the fire kind of a piece. If you take out the childish jibe at the Haka and the ridiculous choice of 'mediocre' it almost makes sense. Either they have changed his medication, or someone else is writing his articles and slipping in flashes of his prejudices in an attempt to make the impression credible.

It still ignores the power and quality of New Zealand's carriers, underestimates their front row forwards, dismisses the Super 15 for creating a weak pack which I don't remember and implies that throwing line-out ball directly to where Whitelock and Retallick will jump up and catch it is a slightly primitive tactic. It is so close to reasonable though that either the Times have finally come to their senses and started doctoring the old boy's copy, or we can expect a blistering two page spread with photographs later this week outlining all of the ways in which the Kiwis cheat.
Oh surely the latter.

It is a long week of build up with articles required an no mid week games to comment on. Instead there is only the mundane press conferences with coaches and players who all say the right thing, effectively nothing.

He needs ammunition for another 5 articles this week so I think he is just keeping his powder dry.
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We need some serious wind up journo' here. Not this stale pale white male stuff.


I have heard rumours England are taking steroid intravenously and they have offered the ref a holiday house.

That and their forwards are weak
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Altazuma wrote:
elfieldinho wrote:I was thinking exactly this. By Jones' own rabid standards, this is very much a pipe and slippers in front of the fire kind of a piece. If you take out the childish jibe at the Haka and the ridiculous choice of 'mediocre' it almost makes sense. Either they have changed his medication, or someone else is writing his articles and slipping in flashes of his prejudices in an attempt to make the impression credible.

It still ignores the power and quality of New Zealand's carriers, underestimates their front row forwards, dismisses the Super 15 for creating a weak pack which I don't remember and implies that throwing line-out ball directly to where Whitelock and Retallick will jump up and catch it is a slightly primitive tactic. It is so close to reasonable though that either the Times have finally come to their senses and started doctoring the old boy's copy, or we can expect a blistering two page spread with photographs later this week outlining all of the ways in which the Kiwis cheat.
Oh surely the latter.

It is a long week of build up with articles required an no mid week games to comment on. Instead there is only the mundane press conferences with coaches and players who all say the right thing, effectively nothing.

He needs ammunition for another 5 articles this week so I think he is just keeping his powder dry.
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I subscribe to the Ruck podcast around EOYT and RWC times. I'm waiting for the latest episode post the QF's to hear what he has to say as a lot of that seems to be off the record, so to speak.
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elfieldinho wrote:I was thinking exactly this. By Jones' own rabid standards, this is very much a pipe and slippers in front of the fire kind of a piece. If you take out the childish jibe at the Haka and the ridiculous choice of 'mediocre' it almost makes sense. Either they have changed his medication, or someone else is writing his articles and slipping in flashes of his prejudices in an attempt to make the impression credible.

It still ignores the power and quality of New Zealand's carriers, underestimates their front row forwards, dismisses the Super 15 for creating a weak pack which I don't remember and implies that throwing line-out ball directly to where Whitelock and Retallick will jump up and catch it is a slightly primitive tactic. It is so close to reasonable though that either the Times have finally come to their senses and started doctoring the old boy's copy, or we can expect a blistering two page spread with photographs later this week outlining all of the ways in which the Kiwis cheat.
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The only thing I really disagree with is
England can forget the old way which used to work — taking on New Zealand up front.
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NZ have hardly ever been knocked back in the forwards battle (notable exception 2002 vs England when we left most of the forward pack at home), it is this that enabled all the pretty backline moves.


SJ was on Radio 4 this morning too - sounds surprisingly English.
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not_english wrote: SJ was on Radio 4 this morning too - sounds surprisingly English.
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not_english wrote:The only thing I really disagree with is
England can forget the old way which used to work — taking on New Zealand up front.
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NZ have hardly ever been knocked back in the forwards battle (notable exception 2002 vs England when we left most of the forward pack at home), it is this that enabled all the pretty backline moves.


SJ was on Radio 4 this morning too - sounds surprisingly English.
So many of them do.
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In other UK rugby scribe news, here's Stuart Barnes' combined NZ/Eng team.

I can only conclude he's not watched the AB's play this year if he's including Ben Smith.
STUART BARNES' NEW ZEALAND – ENGLAND COMBINED XV

15 Ben Smith (NZ), 14 Sevu Reece (NZ), 13 Manu Tuilagi (Eng), 12 Owen Farrell (Eng), 11 Jonny May (Eng), 10 Beauden Barrett (NZ), 9 Aaron Smith (NZ); 8 Kieran Read (NZ), 7 Sam Underhill (Eng), 6 Ardie Savea (NZ)(, 5 Brodie Retallick (NZ), 4 Maro Itoje (Eng), 3 Kyle Sickler (Eng), 2 Jamie George (Eng), 1 Manu Vunipola (Eng).
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Jay Cee Gee wrote:In other UK rugby scribe news, here's Stuart Barnes' combined NZ/Eng team.

I can only conclude he's not watched the AB's play this year if he's including Ben Smith.
STUART BARNES' NEW ZEALAND – ENGLAND COMBINED XV

15 Ben Smith (NZ), 14 Sevu Reece (NZ), 13 Manu Tuilagi (Eng), 12 Owen Farrell (Eng), 11 Jonny May (Eng), 10 Beauden Barrett (NZ), 9 Aaron Smith (NZ); 8 Kieran Read (NZ), 7 Sam Underhill (Eng), 6 Ardie Savea (NZ)(, 5 Brodie Retallick (NZ), 4 Maro Itoje (Eng), 3 Kyle Sickler (Eng), 2 Jamie George (Eng), 1 Manu Vunipola (Eng).
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Jay Cee Gee wrote:In other UK rugby scribe news, here's Stuart Barnes' combined NZ/Eng team.

I can only conclude he's not watched the AB's play this year if he's including Ben Smith.
STUART BARNES' NEW ZEALAND – ENGLAND COMBINED XV

15 Ben Smith (NZ), 14 Sevu Reece (NZ), 13 Manu Tuilagi (Eng), 12 Owen Farrell (Eng), 11 Jonny May (Eng), 10 Beauden Barrett (NZ), 9 Aaron Smith (NZ); 8 Kieran Read (NZ), 7 Sam Underhill (Eng), 6 Ardie Savea (NZ)(, 5 Brodie Retallick (NZ), 4 Maro Itoje (Eng), 3 Kyle Sickler (Eng), 2 Jamie George (Eng), 1 Manu Vunipola (Eng).
Love how the English media (and some on here) are underestimating the NZ pack and the front row in particular.

Hopefully the media will ramp up the pressure on our pack as the AB weakness. They generally make a mockery of those predictions when it happens
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booze wrote:
Jay Cee Gee wrote:In other UK rugby scribe news, here's Stuart Barnes' combined NZ/Eng team.

I can only conclude he's not watched the AB's play this year if he's including Ben Smith.
STUART BARNES' NEW ZEALAND – ENGLAND COMBINED XV

15 Ben Smith (NZ), 14 Sevu Reece (NZ), 13 Manu Tuilagi (Eng), 12 Owen Farrell (Eng), 11 Jonny May (Eng), 10 Beauden Barrett (NZ), 9 Aaron Smith (NZ); 8 Kieran Read (NZ), 7 Sam Underhill (Eng), 6 Ardie Savea (NZ)(, 5 Brodie Retallick (NZ), 4 Maro Itoje (Eng), 3 Kyle Sickler (Eng), 2 Jamie George (Eng), 1 Manu Vunipola (Eng).
Love how the English media (and some on here) are underestimating the NZ pack and the front row in particular.

Hopefully the media will ramp up the pressure on our pack as the AB weakness. They generally make a mockery of those predictions when it happens
No ones saying you don't have a great pack, or underestimating it. He's simply comparing man to man ( and also probably trying to drum up some semi-credible reasons to be hopeful with the English public)
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message #2527204 wrote:

He's simply comparing man to man (and also probably trying to drum up some semi-credible reasons to be hopeful with the English public)

a 40-16 win with 36% possession and 38% territory against a team that made the ABs their plaything in Perth is more than a 'semi-credible' reason to be confident...
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Jay Cee Gee wrote:In other UK rugby scribe news, here's Stuart Barnes' combined NZ/Eng team.

I can only conclude he's not watched the AB's play this year if he's including Ben Smith.
STUART BARNES' NEW ZEALAND – ENGLAND COMBINED XV

15 Ben Smith (NZ), 14 Sevu Reece (NZ), 13 Manu Tuilagi (Eng), 12 Owen Farrell (Eng), 11 Jonny May (Eng), 10 Beauden Barrett (NZ), 9 Aaron Smith (NZ); 8 Kieran Read (NZ), 7 Sam Underhill (Eng), 6 Ardie Savea (NZ)(, 5 Brodie Retallick (NZ), 4 Maro Itoje (Eng), 3 Kyle Sickler (Eng), 2 Jamie George (Eng), 1 Manu Vunipola (Eng).
The same Front row that cynically and dangerously collapsed multiple scrums when under pressure from the dominant Wobbly scrum ?

A competent ref would have carded Sinkler mid - 1st half.
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So who are our mediocre players?
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SomeFool wrote:So who are our mediocre players?
Apparently they all are.
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