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Ok, they're being humped, but they have scored three tries against the All Blacks, which isn't too shabby, really.

Oh, wait, no they haven't. Sounds fishy...
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Re: Rugby World Cup

currently scratching my head as to why the bookies gave 57 points start to England on a handicap against the US ???
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Old 08.09.2007, 21:05
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Litle known fact, Dubyah played rugger at Yale. He was even underhanded then :



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Old 09.09.2007, 11:06
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

While we are awaiting for the action to start today : "Allez les autres bleus !!!"

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Re: Rugby World Cup

& talking of underhanded play .... will Vickery be cited ? Cynical, twuntish behaviour, as they were comfortably in the lead & even worse in that he is the skipper ...
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Old 09.09.2007, 11:29
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

Aye - was a bit stupid...
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I know everyone goes on about Johnny Wilkinson, but when he kicked that ball through the sticks in the final... You could see it coming for a while before he even got the ball, just one of those unstoppable things, really, even if the ref in that match tried his hardest to give the game to Australia...
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Old 09.09.2007, 11:53
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I know everyone goes on about Johnny Wilkinson, but when he kicked that ball through the sticks in the final... You could see it coming for a while before he even got the ball, just one of those unstoppable things, really, even if the ref in that match tried his hardest to give the game to Australia...
oh please, you'll be banging on about 1966 "they think its all over" next ....
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

I almost wish England had never won in '66. Those commentators who never shut up about it, regardless of the match that's being played.

"Oh, a lovely goal against San Marino by Gerrard which brings the score to 33-1 to England."
"Oh, yes, Clive. Shades of '66 there..."

It gets a bit much...
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

Maybe if England won world titles more often than once every 40 years they wouldn't need to dwell on 1966 so much.

The German cable channel DSF is showing some RWC games.

Bring it on.
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

Wales performance was absolutely brutal- admittedly they recovered in the 2nd half, but I think this was more to do with Canada falling apart than Wales discovering some special edge.

The Bok/ Samoa match has been the most entertaining match so far (2nd half just kicked off)

The standard of the six nation teams really seems to have fallen even further behind the Southern Hemisphere teams. Haven't seen any performance yet that will worry the Kiwis.
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

Have to say, the Bokka are looking pretty good there. Samoa are a better team than Japan or Italy, but South Africa still managed a big score. I've got a sneaking suspicion England are going to lose against Samoa and finish third!
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Have to say, the Bokka are looking pretty good there. Samoa are a better team than Japan or Italy, but South Africa still managed a big score. I've got a sneaking suspicion England are going to lose against Samoa and finish third!
If England play as they did yesterday, I think thats a foregone conclusion ... still the Boks for me so far.
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

Ireland started smartly enough, but they've really fizzed out toward the end of the first half.

Ireland won't present any problem to the Argies if they play like this. On the first weekends performances, none of the Northern hemisphere teams are going to be taking anything home from this World Cup.
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Just wondering if there are any bars in Zurich that maybe screening the games? Hopefully some of the New Zealand games....there is one tomorrow at 13.45. Yea, I could watch them on my latop...but seriously it is not the same.
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

Ok, this is just to see what the response is like as this is still only a possibility but I may have 2 tickets to the game on Friday night : England vs South Africa

Would anyone be interested in taking the other ticket?

Cost for the ticket alone is approx. 400 chf that's excluding the train trip to Paris (approx. 280 chf with half fair card)

I'm only going to take the tickets if someone else goes as I'm not going to pay for 2 tickets and only use one....

As I said this is a possibility, if someone is interested let me know and I'll keep you updated... Ciao

P.S - I'll be waving the SA flag...

RUGBY WORLD CUP 2007 MATCH

England vs South Africa
Friday 14th September 2007, 21:00
at the Stade de France, Paris, France
Venue information: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/destina...022/index.html
Section: BLUE (great seats, refer link)
Area: EST, Stand: HAUTE, Gate: H
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

Interesting article with some insights on Vickery ... doesn't look good.

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The citing mechanism is activated only for offences which, in the opinion of the match commissioner, should have merited a red card. In those circumstances Vickery, who has already admitted tripping the American centre Paul Emerick, has few mitigating legs to stand on.
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... doesn't look good.
Just like the entire England game at the moment! Where's our Johnny?
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

I'm not too optimistic for Friday, England is probably going to get its arse kicked and thrown on the brae.

However, talking about the US game, no offence but it's a bit difficult to play decent rugby against a bunch of lads who seem to have simply taken off their American Football kit and decided to give rugby a go on the basis that it's the same thing. Never seen so much high and dangerous tackling as in that game, it was pretty awful to watch. And the constant kicking of the ball from both sides, not exactly tactical fireworks...

But then, I'm working on the basis that I support England and Scotland (can't help being a mix!) and anyone who plays France (they were carrying on as if they'd won already while I was there in the summer).
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Re: Rugby World Cup 2007 [in general]

Ten Classic Rugby Quotes



1. "Remember that rugby is a team game; all 14 of you make sure you pass the ball to Jonah."
FAX to the All Blacks before the 1995 World Cup semi-final.

2. "I think Brian Moore's gnashers are the kind you get from a DIY shop and hammer in yourself. He is the only player we have who looks like a French forward."
Former England prop Paul Rendall on his front row colleague.

3. "You've got to get your first tackle in early, even if it's late."
Welsh hardman Ray Gravell explains his rugby philosophy.

4. "I played ten injury-free years between the ages of 12 and 22. Then, suddenly, it seemed like I was allergic to the twentieth century."
Former England scrum-half Nigel Melville who spent most of the 1980s injured.

5. "We're going to tear those boys apart."
Message pinned up on the changing room wall by England skipper Will Carling before his team ran out to face the All Blacks in the 1995 World Cup semi-final in Cape Town. It took at least 70 seconds for New Zealand to score their first try as they demolished England 45-29.

6. "Don't ask me about emotions in the Welsh dressing room. I'm someone who cries when he watches 'Little House on the Prairie'"
Former Welsh second row Bob Norster remembers that special Dragons' atmosphere.

7. "There's no doubt about it, he's a big bastard"
Gavin Hastings, master of the bleedin' obvious, on Jonah Lomu.

8. "The relationship between the Welsh and the English is based on trust and understanding. They don't trust us and we don't understand them." Former RFU supremo Dudley Wood on Anglo-Welsh relations.

9. "If you can't take a punch, you should play table tennis."
Former French skipper and coach Pierre Berbizier illustrates his nation's attitude to on-pitch violence.
10. "A player of ours has been proven guilty of biting. That's a scar that will never heal."
Bath coach Andy Robinson after his prop Kevin Yates was suspended for taking a chunk out of an opposing flanker's ear.
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