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Old 14-02-16, 11:11 PM   #2081
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Fitness permitting, Itoje is going to be one of the greats.
Looks quality doesn't he.
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Old 15-02-16, 08:42 PM   #2082
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Thoughtt hey had already come off but my Fantasy Rugby score dropped by 2 points today for my transer
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Old 16-02-16, 06:35 PM   #2083
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Just caught up with the Saracens / Wasps match from the w/e. Did anyone else see it?

For Wasps to score 8 tries in a match when Sarries had only previously conceded 10 in the season was an incredible result.

And another decent game for Nathan Hughes too. For anyone that hasn't seen him, this guy is a bigger, quicker more agile version of Billy Vunipola. He's a Fijian who qualifies for England in June and he's going to tear it up big style: the first time he ever played a game of rugby at 16 he was immediately offered a scholarship by a New Zealand school. He's that good - or could / should be.
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Old 18-02-16, 07:25 PM   #2084
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Just caught up with the Saracens / Wasps match from the w/e. Did anyone else see it?

For Wasps to score 8 tries in a match when Sarries had only previously conceded 10 in the season was an incredible result.

And another decent game for Nathan Hughes too. For anyone that hasn't seen him, this guy is a bigger, quicker more agile version of Billy Vunipola. He's a Fijian who qualifies for England in June and he's going to tear it up big style: the first time he ever played a game of rugby at 16 he was immediately offered a scholarship by a New Zealand school. He's that good - or could / should be.
4 of the Saracens players were in Italy playing for England so that will have had a big impact on their defensive play
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Old 18-02-16, 08:34 PM   #2085
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Old 18-02-16, 08:35 PM   #2086
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They were uniformly shit Boogs - I've seen them put out less strong sides before without abdicating their self styled "wolf pack" defensive ethos but this time they looked completely clueless.

Losing Paul Gustard (former defence coach)to England wouldn't have helped either but I reckon there would have been a few questions about attitude on monday morning.
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Old 23-02-16, 02:29 PM   #2087
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Only just remembered to check my fantasy team... Fuck me. Last. Why do i bother with fantasy games?

My main problem, with picking England players, is knowing who will play. Even who will play for more than 60 minutes. I agree, the sport is brutal and the coaches seem much more inclined to see match as a 23 man game, rather than a 15 man game these days.

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Old 26-02-16, 04:27 PM   #2088
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Reminder to check your fantasy teams. Wales v France tonight. Tidy!
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Old 26-02-16, 06:32 PM   #2089
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2 enforced subs. Wanted a tactical 3rd but country restrictions necessitated a 4th. -2 penalty for me.
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Old 26-02-16, 06:38 PM   #2090
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2 enforced subs. Wanted a tactical 3rd but country restrictions necessitated a 4th. -2 penalty for me.
Made the mistake of making 3 transfers after week one. Saved the transfers then immediately reversed one of my transfers - it was counted as a fourth transfer and lost 2 points Schoolboy error!
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Old 26-02-16, 10:37 PM   #2091
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The Welsh defence has been immense
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Old 26-02-16, 10:59 PM   #2092
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Reminder to check your fantasy teams. Wales v France tonight. Tidy!
Aargh, I didn't know this was on tonight. Didn't get a chance to update my team.
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Old 26-02-16, 11:21 PM   #2093
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Great to see Itoje getting a start tomorrow for England and Daly making the bench.

Expecting big things from these two over the next couple of years.
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Old 27-02-16, 12:27 AM   #2094
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Not a great game but very happy with the result

The French have so much potential but seem to have no game plan whatsoever.

Couple of stand out lines from the commentators:

Jonathan Davies: "tug it out, strap it up and carry on"
Think he was talking about a dislocated finger!

Brian Moore referring to the French set-up 'like being coached by Jacques Clouseau'.

Looking forward to tomorrow's games.
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Old 27-02-16, 12:31 AM   #2095
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Very happy with my 2 point penalty sub so far. Warburton and Farrell out. Biggar and Billy V in.
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Old 27-02-16, 08:46 AM   #2096
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Shame the game was all about Wayne Barnes but good win with the defence playing a huge part again. England Ireland draw would do for me today!
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Old 27-02-16, 10:55 AM   #2097
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Yeah Wayne Barnes what a fucking annoying twat as usual.
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Old 27-02-16, 11:06 AM   #2098
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Barnes was better in the second half but my initial reaction (when I realised he was the ref) was "oh no, Wayne 'fucking' Barnes".

Have the referees been told to hold back on issuing yellow cards? Been very few during this year's Six Nations.
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Old 27-02-16, 12:02 PM   #2099
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Some of the clips of incidents shown at half time and his position to see it - perfect spot close by and missed so many. Bloody awful!
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Old 27-02-16, 01:02 PM   #2100
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I actually thought Barnes had one of his better games although I accept that's not saying much.

The top level rugby refs (and I wouldn't necessarily include him) do an incredibly difficult job even with a TMO.

I've reffed rugby albeit only up to 14 year olds and you need about 9 pairs of eyes.
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Old 27-02-16, 02:52 PM   #2101
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He was better than usual but ffs stop making the scrum such a nightmare! On the plus side it does get Brian Moore incredibly angry
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Old 27-02-16, 03:48 PM   #2102
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Scotland started very well.
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Old 27-02-16, 04:33 PM   #2103
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Hope Italy score first (in the second half). Good game, so far.
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Old 27-02-16, 05:21 PM   #2104
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Thank fuck for that.

Uncomfortable second half but a good win.

First 6 nations win for some of our team.
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Old 27-02-16, 05:56 PM   #2105
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I'm not looking forward to this.

My guess is that England will take out Sexton by the 10th minute. That seems to be the option that most teams prefer these days.
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Old 27-02-16, 05:58 PM   #2106
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I'm not looking forward to this.

My guess is that England will take out Sexton by the 10th minute. That seems to be the option that most teams prefer these days.
Maybe you should develop greater depth to your game than Sexton's kicking?
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Old 27-02-16, 06:09 PM   #2107
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Think it'll be tight for the first 60 minutes then England will let rip in the last 20. Hope I'm wrong - an Ireland win would make the Championship very interesting.

Ireland have been very unlucky with injuries. England, on the other hand, have so much strength in depth - they should be the best team in the World.
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Old 27-02-16, 06:38 PM   #2108
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Ireland really under the cosh.
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Old 27-02-16, 06:51 PM   #2109
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For it being all England pressure a 3 point lead is very dangerous.

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Old 27-02-16, 06:52 PM   #2110
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Great defence from Ireland but their players must be knackered. Can't see them holding out.
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Old 27-02-16, 07:09 PM   #2111
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Good try. Great kick.

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Old 27-02-16, 07:26 PM   #2112
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Game over.

Mike Brown - very good player but is there a bigger twat in international rugby?
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Old 27-02-16, 08:02 PM   #2113
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Mike Brown - very good player but is there a bigger twat in international rugby?
Absolute dickhead but not only is he good, you need players who get a bit aggro. Mike Phillips for instance.
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Old 27-02-16, 08:26 PM   #2114
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Mike Brown - very good player but is there a bigger twat in international rugby?

I met him when I was drunk. He would have been within his rights to tell me to fuck off but he was very tolerant and polite. Guess he just has a huge will to win when he gets on the pitch but I'm sure if you support an opposing team then he's a good player to hate
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Old 27-02-16, 08:51 PM   #2115
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I met him when I was drunk. He would have been within his rights to tell me to fuck off but he was very tolerant and polite. Guess he just has a huge will to win when he gets on the pitch but I'm sure if you support an opposing team then he's a good player to hate


It's a bit like what people used to say about Bellamy - bit of a dickhead but you love him because he's our dickhead. Always fired up, snapping at everyone.
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Old 28-02-16, 02:30 AM   #2116
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Polo and Cormack - good points re: Brown. Definitely a Mike Phillips/Craig Bellamy type character - great when he's in your team, a right pain in the arse when he's not.

The Lions (2017 tour) will have a tough choice for fullback - Brown, Hogg, Kearney and Halfpenny - all world-class. (Brown missed out on the 2013 tour)
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Old 28-02-16, 10:57 AM   #2117
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I'd forgotten about the Lions next year. You're right if they all stay fit that's one heck of a pool to pick from. Is there a position for which there will be more competition (even to just get on the tour)? I can't think of one off the top of my head.
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Old 28-02-16, 11:04 AM   #2118
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Incidentally on yesterday's game I thought Ireland put in an unbelievable performance.

Brilliant first half defence but I felt sure England would run away with it in the second especially after scoring a couple of tries.

The lead looked comfortable but the energy shown by the Irish in the last quarter made me wonder if they weren't going to nick it. I reckon they might have had the momentum had it not been for Nowell's brilliant covering.
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Old 28-02-16, 11:58 AM   #2119
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I'd forgotten about the Lions next year. You're right if they all stay fit that's one heck of a pool to pick from. Is there a position for which there will be more competition (even to just get on the tour)? I can't think of one off the top of my head.
Number 8 could be interesting Heaslip, faletau and big Billy if all fit.
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Old 28-02-16, 03:10 PM   #2120
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Number 8 could be interesting Heaslip, faletau and big Billy if all fit.

You're forgetting Nathan Hughes Rich - he'll be qualified for England by then and he's a maxed up version of Billy V.
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