Yeah, he’s making no attempt to tackle and no attempt to charge the ball down, so I don’t know what his excuse is supposed to be.
I think we've got potentially the most exciting backs in rugby at the moment - and definitely in the history of Scottish Rugby. Price, Russell, Johnson, Jones, Graham, Kinghorn and Hogg all have the ability to be electric and even if some of their defense can be suspect at times, it would be lovely to watch. Imagine kicking to Hogg and watching him run at you with Graham and Kinghorn on his shoulders. Our back row are also very threatening in open play, which is the true Scottish brand of rugby I was brought up with. Watson is probably my favourite player of the Scottish team, but Ritchie stood up to be counted throughout the tournament.
I don't really get this. If anything, England need to be playing across the country more often, not less. The England (along with Italian and French) womens play their fixtures across the country to great effect. I don't see anyone complaining about that.
Unfortunately not this time, was playing the 6N drinking game in North London and was pretty hammered during the 1st half of the Calcutta Cup, still don't quite know what happened in the 2nd and have a great excuse to watch it again!
Yes I think they must be, 14 wins now? Just missing that NZ scalp.
Fair point, and maybe I was being a bit mean - and you're right that getting rugby around the country is important. But on the other hand, I don't see them playing Wales in Manchester or Ireland in Bristol. Making it Italy where they go off to Newcastle is only a disrespect to Italy, it's a bit of a disrespect to Newcastle too. Hope Italy will have Minozzi fit by then and do a Scotland on them.I don't really get this. If anything, England need to be playing across the country more often, not less. The England (along with Italian and French) womens play their fixtures across the country to great effect. I don't see anyone complaining about that.
Despite iffy tournaments from both Ireland and England, I think we'll see them both end up being the best performers from the northern hemisphere come Japan.
It is worrying, especially that player welfare seems to be so low on the agenda.the more I read about world rugby and the local rfus, the more worried I am for the future of the game. England and France in one camp of the 6N, Scotland, Ireland, and Italy in another, Wales on their own island on fire and sinking at the same time, with World Rugby and the SH then in another camp, not to mention the pacific islanders and other developing countries in another. Nobody is aligned and no concern for the welfare of the game globally
Yeah but reading about taking the 6N off free to air telly is worrying, read somewhere before that 6N has to be on free to air otherwise viewership would be ridiculously low and it could kill the 6N as we know itIt is worrying, especially that player welfare seems to be so low on the agenda.
But I don’t think there’s a mainstream sport that doesn’t have problems like this... FIFA had a massive corruption scandel only a few years ago, cycling is dealing with doping accusations, cricket is having huge problems expanding the game beyond like 10 countries worldwide and has issues with match fixing.
When sport is global and there’s money to be made, there’s always going to be competing interests and it can sometimes look like it’s all going to come falling down. But in the end I reckon most people will see the most sensible solution (whatever it may be) and things will move on. Or at least I hope that’s the case.
There are lots of options, and we're very lucky to have the depth that we have compared with previous years. I'd think that Josh Navidi would be a good shout for captain, he's showing all the qualities as a man and as a player that Sam Warburton did, and openside is a damn good position to have your captain at because he's near the ref nearly all the time that it matters.Picking out a new captain is a bit trickier as the new coach will obviously have his own ideas. The two stand outs for me and Ken Owens and Jonathan Davies; both have captaincy experience, both nailed-on starters and both Scarlets who Pivac will be familiar with. Personally I'd go with Davies as he's slightly younger and could lead them through the entire World Cup cycle, also I just prefer him as a player. Outside of those two, I think Tipuric, Ellis Jenkins and Cory Hill are all options but I'd expect Pivac to go with someone he knows well and trusts.
It's all a damn nuisance, and I do worry greatly what "World Rugby" thinks its agenda is. If it is about growing the game globally then it should be a lot about Hornets RFC down the road from me, and about their equivalents in Romania, Georgia, USA, Fiji and the Welsh valleys and the North of England and maybe not quite so much about monetising full-time professional TV rights for the good of ... who exactly?the more I read about world rugby and the local rfus, the more worried I am for the future of the game. England and France in one camp of the 6N, Scotland, Ireland, and Italy in another, Wales on their own island on fire and sinking at the same time, with World Rugby and the SH then in another camp, not to mention the pacific islanders and other developing countries in another. Nobody is aligned and no concern for the welfare of the game globally
Oh goodness, NO to that proposed 50/22 rule change. Reminds me of all those dire club games in the 1960s where a side with a dominant lineout would just tonk the ball direct into touch 10 yards further on while all the backs freezed their bollocks off. First club game I ever saw was like that and nearly put me off for life. It saved a lot in laundry bills for the backs, but that's about all it did. (Worst job in the world? Wing-threequarter for Pontypool.) And Wales and Scotland and England this season have shown there are other ways around this 'problem'.Squidge Rugby's review of the England Scotland game is pretty on point as well -
Also, anyone heard about the new rules they might plan? The 50/22 (if you kick it from your half and it bounces and goes over the touchline inside the opposing 22, you get an attacking lineout) is clearly nicked from the 40/20 law in League. It's an attempt to solve the issue of having really well organised defences nullify attacking teams as you'd have to put a couple of players back to cover. Which is nice and all, but it's trying to solve an issue by creating a bigger one. League only has 13 a side which means the defense is already sparser and the fact players have to be 10 yards back enables attacks to plan around this. Also - and I've only been to see a couple of League games, but one was NZ versus England so the standard should have been pretty good - their kicking ability was shocking.
Imagine Biggar getting the ball in his own half. He could easily slot a kick to bounce into touch at the 5 yard line. Attacking maul, try, job done. If it goes over? 22 drop out and you're likely to get the ball back anyway.
I do like the other change that if someone is in the Sin Bin they can push it to a red based on video reviews. It basically happened to Hogg a few years ago when the ref had given him a yellow for a shoulder barge on Biggar, which he then changed to a red based on the screen. No problem with that!
On Finn Russell - I would love to see him with a rampaging set of forwards constantly giving him front foot ball but I worry that he would try something that would look bizarre, just because nobody is quite on his wavelength. Also, Toony apparently turned up at my hometown rugby club yesterday to watch his son play in the Under 15s Match - my whole town seems to have got photos with him!
any angry mum tell you what a fuckwit you were ;)First day of refereeing at the National Schools Sevens today, U13 competition.
Bloody good day. Some great matches played in a fantastic spirit. Player of the day goes to the Welland player who came up to me just after I’d awarded a close (but correct) try for their opposition to win the final match of the day and thanked me for reffing the game well.
Which is the school? PM me if you don't want to post it in the thread :PI’m really curious if you’ve ever refereed the school I’m working in now. They’re a pretty big rugby school, have got to the final of the NatWest U18 Cup a few times and won the U15 cup a couple as well.
They’ve also got a team going to a sevens tournament tomorrow...