One reason to love February!
Maybe, Dude. He might be good as an impact player, I'm not sure his style of play fitted in with France in the past. Still the scrum is a real problem so they obviously need someone. They also need a player who can kick off in the right direction! So bad it was funny, Brian Moore saying "Give that man a chocolate egg". Oh and they also need some fast ball. I'm sure the reason they had so much possession was because Ellisalde spent about 5 mins. recycling each ball.
ARGGHHH! Getting cross now - I'm off to get myself a chocolate egg
Ireland sacked Gatland and put his assistant O'Sullivan in. Says it all really. What a waste of a generation.
Terrific result at the weekend and a thoroughly deserved Grand Slam...
...but Enough about England U20
No really, a terrific result at the weekend and a thoroughly deserved Grand Slam...
...but enough about England Women
Enough fooling with my Welsh chums, that's terrific news. Many congratulations, it's nice to see the side that played the rugby win the 6N...
Didn't see any of the matches as we were in Wales, Squish ran Rhayader and I spectated, so had to make do with the radio commentaries. Aren't the BBC wonderful? We managed to miss an England try because there was 'a penalty at Bristol City'. Ho hum.
Not surprised that Scotland got edged out by Italy, especially when Hadden doesn't seem to have a clue what he's doing with his selections. Mallet, however, has done a terrific job with Italy and must be one of only two coaches secure in their job.
England managed to beat Ireland fairly convincingly, though apparently Ireland were awful. A change of coach for Ireland, but has Coco unfortunately done enough to stay in a job? Cipriani did well; Noon has probably also cemented his place for a while, though I still don't consider him the best man for the job.
Wales/France was a bit of a disappointment in terms of the quality of the game; I expected Wales to be a little tense with so much riding on the result, but they came through it brilliantly in the end. France however, seemed to have no cutting edge whatsoever, which must be a big worry. They've now bombed out against England and Wales, struggled against Ireland in the second half and seem to have no settled team. Lievrement must be under pressure...
Overall, a well-deserved championship for Wales...and without significant changes in the other 5 nations, it's looking like more of the same next year.
Crashie, if you had listened to BBC Wales you would get the England game in full. Wendyball knows its place in Wales.
I think Wales U20 will take the grandslam next year. Some lads coming up with talent.
Crashie - dead on about Hadden.
I am so conflicted about him. I like him and feel he is a good coach and a decent guy.
However, he does play favourites and makes some odd choices selection-wise.
That said, i don't think the team will benefit from a change for now.
Sorry about this but the "which animal would win in a fight" argument has reached a ridiculous new depth in our house so here goes with our Animal First XV.
7 Polar Bear
8 Horse (Irish Draught)
10 Dog (border collie)
15 Dog (Greyhound)
Wild boar, ape, horse (Suffolk)
kangaroo, fox, meerkat
Bluebottle is a masterstroke of a selection. Neither Ashton nor O'Sullivan had that sort of vision and it showed. We thought about a giraffe too but doubted the leg strength.
+ lol at those lots Crash Hamster
V. funny DTG. Just the right thing to cheer up a rainy Friday
What about a hippo in the front row? They're surprisingly fast on land you know, they'd be really good at crashing over the try line from a few yards out.
Also I think you need a baboon at no. 9, I think they'd make an excellent snipey sort of scrum-half in the mouthy style of Austin Healey.
BTW: France are already using a meerkat. If you look at Ellisalde at a maul he always looks up before passing the ball.
Just sorting out shocking spelling!
With you there on no. 9 - chimp out baboon in. It's subtle but it could make a difference. Hippo might be a good option in the front row but not at hooker. Apparently they can't throw straight.
Barbar is not a real elephant.
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