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 Post subject: 2018 6 Nations
PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:45 am 
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All the fixtures here https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/en/matchcentre/fixtures_and_results.php

I will be cheering for my usual team %%- despite my new nationality. I tried unsuccessfully to get tickets for tomorrow's match in early December, so I'll be yelling from the couch instead.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 6 Nations
PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:59 pm 
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We've got Wales away tomorrow. The signing will be brilliant they are closing the roof will be amazing.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 6 Nations
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I thought it was just me, but John Humphries, a similar age and build to myself, was discussing sadly with Eddie Butler the current trend to bulk and muscle in the modern game.

I agree entirely and it has spoilt my enjoyment when I see modern upper body tackling and blocking.

I was a 9 stone weakling at school but, as a lightning swift scrum half, never failed to make the team. My conversion to that from miserable trudger keeping out of the way came when I tackled the legs of a giant rumbling towards me and he crashed face first into the mud.

I was uninjured, (and continued to be so throughout my career) and elated, but I doubt I would have survived nowadays. :(

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 6 Nations
PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:36 am 
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The Millenium stadium is wonderful, even with the roof open. Enjoy!

I think you were lucky, David. My father (2 clubs and the Army) suffered several broken collarbones and a broken jaw. Still, I think even he would be shocked by what goes on now - high tackles and shoulder charges are bringing the game towards protective gear unless refs put their collective feet down. There'll be skin and hair flying in Paris if the French target Sexton again.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 6 Nations
PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:18 am 
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MAD87 wrote:
The Millenium stadium is wonderful, even with the roof open. Enjoy!

I think you were lucky, David. My father (2 clubs and the Army) suffered several broken collarbones and a broken jaw. Still, I think even he would be shocked by what goes on now - high tackles and shoulder charges are bringing the game towards protective gear unless refs put their collective feet down. There'll be skin and hair flying in Paris if the French target Sexton again.


Was he a forward, MAD, that's where all the crunching used to come? I may have been lucky but I was very, very fast. The ball barely touched my fingers before it was in the hands of the fly half, and I could out run anyone else on the field with the possible exception of the wingers.

However, the real reason I survived was because if anyone had tackled above waist height it would have been the 50s equivalent of a yellow card. The game flowed much better imo, more skill than brute force.

When I became enamoured of the 13 game (as a spectator) I thought it much faster than 15 (no loose scrums after tackles just a quick pause and then on, also no giant scrums repeatedly collapsing allowing the play to run on) but was disillusioned even with that when I saw that it took 2 or 3 men to down one. Even at my advanced age now, if I was near enough (no running to catch up you understand :lol: ) I could still bring down 18 stone of solid muscle all on my own. Nobody can run without 2 legs :lol: .

I used to dream that if someone would let me be the boss for a season I would love to pit my results, forbidding all above waist tackling, against the modern game.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 6 Nations
PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:45 pm 
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No, he was a winger, 6'4"" and 11 stone (what went wrong with me?). Actually, he played for 3 clubs, plus his (then) province, Leinster. then the Army. Whilst serving with the Army, he illegally played League for York under an assumed name - this of course was in the strictly amateur days - along with a number of Wallabies and All Blacks. He told me they were paid 10s for a win :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 6 Nations
PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:35 pm 
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What came over Wales today? Forwards playing like backs, total shutdown on the ground, throwing the ball around like a training session. Great to watch.

Now for the big boys...


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 6 Nations
PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:14 pm 
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That was too close! Time for a lie down in a darkened room.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 6 Nations
PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:32 am 
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Wales were superb! Or Scotland were dire.

I was resigned to defeat in the second match in Paris, but sure, wasn't it a grand ending? %%-
One of my English-Brexit friends talked about luck in his post-match email. I've reminded him that Monsieur Wilkinson did the same to win the World Cup for England...

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 6 Nations
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MAD87 wrote:
One of my English-Brexit friends talked about luck in his post-match email

The sort of luck that comes with talent and years of practice.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 6 Nations
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MAD87 wrote:
Wales were superb! Or Scotland were dire.



Scotland were definitely dire x_x Wales were superb ^:)^

When you have a talent the likes of Sexton anything can happen and it did. :YMAPPLAUSE:

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 6 Nations
PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:50 am 
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We watched the France/ Ireland match - very exciting ending :-o
And like others remembered that Wilkinson kick (?2004?)
But poor France lost their no. 10 from injury early on.
I became a rugby fan watching League too - when we lived in Hull.


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