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post #151 of 211

Such a weird turn of events there. Shares are always a gamble. Why did they think the kit man would be any more knowledgeable about drilling companies than they were?

 

Mind you, only reminds me I turned down a stock tip from a friend (also a bloody drilling company), which ended up netting said friend about 20K in total. Still, we made him buy the drinks that night.

post #152 of 211
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Looks like Eddie Jones is the new England coach. Seems like a kneejerk reaction. He's great, but what about the problems in the RFU structure? Maybe sort them out first.
post #153 of 211
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Looks like Eddie Jones is the new England coach. Seems like a kneejerk reaction. He's great, but what about the problems in the RFU structure? Maybe sort them out first.

 

 

What problems? It's not perfect but in my opinion club v country is more harmonious than it has been for ages. The main issues with the World Cup exit were selection and gameplan, and that's coming from the coaching team alone. 

 

Cautiously optimistic about Jones, he's got a few too many fucking Sarries connections for my liking, but his style may well suit our current crop of players.

post #154 of 211
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Carter and Rokocoko have failed a drugs test. But they were recovering from knee and Calf injuries. All that off-field drama isn't great for NZ either:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2016/10/07/agent-denies-dan-carter-is-a-drugs-cheat-after-reports-of-failed/
post #155 of 211
Yeah, nothing to see there, they both had TUEs and had the permission and blessing of their club. All All Blacks are angels and not a single one has ever cheated, or even played dirty.

Everything's fine here, we're all fine, situation normal thank you. How are you?
post #156 of 211

Hi Bucho!

 

When are you going to sort out your paparazzi? If they're allowed to continually spy on All Black training sessions, the rest of the world will soon learn how you do it!

 

 

 

post #157 of 211
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Hi Bucho!

When are you going to sort out your paparazzi? If they're allowed to continually spy on All Black training sessions, the rest of the world will soon learn how you do it!





It's not the training sessions we want to keep secret, it's what goes on between halfbacks and particularly enthusiastic fans in disabled toilets.
post #158 of 211
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What's the story with that idiot who beat up some folk in Auckland? Serious or just too young and too many beers?
post #159 of 211
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What's the story with that idiot who beat up some folk in Auckland? Serious or just too young and too many beers?

Wellington. And combination of fuck wit and alcohol. Boozed and looking for a fight. Apparently not the first time. Someone was hospitalised so pretty serious.

Auckland was the Chiefs inappropriately touching the stripper incident.

Christchurch was the caught rooting in the toilet, then having a cry about it incident.
post #160 of 211
Double post
post #161 of 211
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So what happened in Invercargill??
post #162 of 211
Invercargill is like the Slaughtered Lamb pub. Only the locals know what goes on there.
post #163 of 211

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11727063 

 

Wives.  I can't not see this as some poor South Island fulla, imploring her not to do it, and failing miserably.


As Bruce Campbell wrote in If Chins Could Kill, kiwi men are afraid of only two things.  Their wives and their mothers.

 

Quote:
 "It was actually my wife who wished to go to the media and it has therefore caused a lot of strain in our relationship this past week,'' he said.
post #164 of 211
2016

Leicester win the Prem
Cubs win the world series after 108 years
Ireland beat NZ after 111 years

Honestly. Thank fuck. It was getting boring and the press needed to be brought back down to earth. Marginally annoyed it wasnt England that broke their run, but at least it was a Northern Hemisphere side, which should shut skme of the one eyed press wankers up for a bit.
post #165 of 211
Nothing lasts forever and Ireland was the perfect side to break that epic run. Fully earned with zero excuses too, the best team on the paddock deservedly took the game. A lot of teams can hang with the ABs for 60 minutes but break in the last 20, but Ireland didn't just stand strong for the full 80, they won going away.

The facial expressions say it all:

post #166 of 211
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Fuck I missed it! Finally watched the THE MULE though, which was fun.
post #167 of 211
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Oh, it was on a pay channel I don't have. Don't feel so annoyed now.
'Other means' it is, then.
post #168 of 211
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With the Six Nations almost upon us and the New Zealand Lions tour this year I thought thought I might as well testicle the thread.

Good interview with Sam Warburton. He's right this Six Nations will be very competitive. Especially with England's injuries:

Sam Warburton: ‘If you get criticism, so be it – you take rough with smooth’

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/28/sam-warburton-wales-criticism-captaincy-injury-six-nations?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard
post #169 of 211
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Woah. England vs Wales. Hell of a match. Bummer, Mike's Pants. You lot had the ball and umpteen turnovers.
post #170 of 211

Yeah, belter of a match. England to their credit never got rattled and let the game get away from them, but the end of the first half and beginning of the second half were dicey. Mistake by Wales cost them in the end, though the pressure was on.

 

Outstanding turnovers by Wales, we're going to have to watch that. To be on the Wales try line and then be back in our own 22 thirty seconds later was horrifying.

post #171 of 211
Lions Tour should be top notch.

Shame I'd have to sell a kidney to afford a ticket though frown.gif
post #172 of 211
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Woah. England vs Wales. Hell of a match. Bummer, Mike's Pants. You lot had the ball and umpteen turnovers.

 

Pretty sure Mike's Pants' team just got the record score in the 6 Nations, unless he's gone full daffodil. Don't EVER go full daffodil.

 

 

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Lions Tour should be top notch.

Shame I'd have to sell a kidney to afford a ticket though frown.gif

 

How many guest rooms do you have Andy?

post #173 of 211
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Scotland v Wales: Dawn of Justice was a cracking game. Well played us Scots. (Err my great-grandfather was Scottish and my middle name is Ainslie. And I've climbed Ben Nevis a couple of times. And I love HIGHLANDER).

Stuart Hogg is almost guaranteed a place in the Lions.
post #174 of 211

So Captain Sam and his boys landed in NZ a few days ago and immediately faced the first of the 800 Hakas set up for whenever they're seen out in public.

 

The teams are announced for this Saturday's game against the Provincial Baa Baas, made up of a load of NPC sides presumably. I don't recognise hardly any of the names on the team sheet so you'd have to assume Lions should win this handily, although they've had very minimal practice since getting off the plane. If Bucho's around perhaps he can grade the competition?

 

The Lions team is a good mix of those players available to Gatland, not including any of the finalists from this weekend gone. He seems to have gone for familiar unit structure, so you have Harlequins front row, Wales back row, etc. I reckon with 3 starting that's probably the most Scots in a Lions team in 20 years. Hopefully a few more will join them as the tour progresses.

 

Teams for this Saturday:

 

Team: 15. Stuart Hogg; 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12. Ben Te'o, 11. Tommy Seymour, 10. Jonathan Sexton, 9 Greig Laidlaw; 1. Joe Marler, 2. Rory Best, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Alun Wyn Jones, 5. Iain Henderson, 6. Ross Moriarty, 7. Sam Warburton, 8. Toby Faletau.

Replacements: 16. Jamie George, 17. Mako Fucking Vunipola, 18. Tadgh Furlong, 19. George Kruis, 20. Justin Tipuric, 21. Rhyss Webb, 22. Owen Farrell, 23. Jared Payne.

 

 

Provincial Baa Baas:

 

1. Aidan Ross
2. Sam Anderson-Heather
3. Oliver Jager
4. Josh Goodhue
5. Keepa Mewett
6. James Tucker
7. Lachlan Boshier
8. Mitchell Dunshea
9. Jack Stratton
10. Bryn Gatland - WARREN GATLAND'S SON!
11. Sevu Reece
12. Dwayne Sweeney
13. Inga Finau
14. Sam Vaka
15. Luteru Laulala

16. Andrew Makalio
17. Tolu Fahamokioa
18. Marcel Renata
19. Matt Matich
20. Peter Rowe
21. Richard Judd
22. Jonah Lowe
23. Junior Ngaluafe

post #175 of 211
It'd be the biggest shock since Munster if the Lions couldn't brush these provincial chaps aside without too much trouble. It's basically a glorified training run for our honoured guests.

Should still be fun though, there's always electricity in the air when the Lions run out, no matter who lines up against them.
post #176 of 211

So you're saying it's tantamount to child abuse what Warren's gonna be sending down the 10 channel?

 

Glad you're here Bucho, looking forward to these next few weeks like you wouldn't believe!

post #177 of 211
Who do they think they're fooling with that performance? Clearly playing possum.
post #178 of 211

Yeah man, if that's the best New Zealand have to offer this Lions tour is going to be a walk in the park!

post #179 of 211

Teams are up for Auckland v Lions. I actually recognise a handful of players in that Blues team, so I'm assuming this should be much more of a challenge than the team that almost beat us on Saturday...

 

The Lions are putting out a very solid pack, and I hear the Blues major weakness is its driving maul. So expect kicks to the corners and roll over tries. It's going to be a thing of beauty!

 

All the players picked from my club Wasps are starting tomorrow so I'm excited about that. And by all, I mean both of them....

 

BLUES

15. Michael Collins
14. Matt Duffie
13. George Moala
12. Sonny Bill Williams/TJ Faiane
11. Rieko Ioane
10. Stephen Perofeta
9. Augustine Pulu

8. Steven Luatua 
7.Blake Gibson
6. Akira Ioane
5. Scott Scrafton
4. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
3. Charlie Faumuina
2. James Parson
1. Ofa Tu'ungafasi.

16. Hame Faiva
17. Alex Hodgman,
18. Sione Mafileo
19. Patrick Tuipulotu
20. Kara Pryor
21. Sam Nock
22. Ihaia West
23. TJ Faiane/Melani Nanai


LIONS

15. Leigh Halfpenny
14. Jack Nowell
13. Jared Payne
12. Robbie Henshaw
11. Elliot Daly - WASPS!
10. Dan Biggar
9. Rhys Webb

1. Jack McGrath
2. Ken Owens (captain)
3. Dan Cole
4. Maro Itoje
5. Courtney Lawes
6. James Haskell - WASPS!
7. Justin Tipuric
8. CJ Stander

16. Rory Best
17. Joe Marler
18. Kyle Sinckler
19. Iain Henderson
20. Peter O’Mahony
21. Greig Laidlaw
22. Johnny Sexton
23. Liam Williams

post #180 of 211
Lions have just gone into the lead in the 70th minute. This tour could get ugly.
post #181 of 211
And just like that Blues score a great try. Wow.
Lios are in trouble this game/tour.
post #182 of 211

We have the players to do some damage out there, but I'm starting to lose confidence in our coaching team. We'll see how they come together, but if they lose again on Saturday it could be all over...

post #183 of 211
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We have the players to do some damage out there, but I'm starting to lose confidence in our coaching team. We'll see how they come together, but if they lose again on Saturday it could be all over...

 

I blame the NZ coach ;p

 

Just taken a boat load of abuse on my team call (Aussie and NZ mixes plus one TRAITOROUS pom who's just become an NZ citizen and decided to support the ABs - Nation of Origin counts, fucker!). Advised them that it was a long con by the Lions to lull the ABs into a false sense of security.

 

That went down about as well as you'd expect..

 

Hopefully this means the cost of a Lions jersey will come down.  $200 for the rugby top, $75 for a training top. I'm all for showing my heritage pride, but fuck that.

post #184 of 211
Booya!!!

Learnt from the Blues game and played to their strengths.

Always nice to roll Cantabrians too smile.gif
post #185 of 211

Good result that one, kept the much vaunted Maori backs down to one try in the first half, nothing at all in the second. That team may well trouble the All Blacks, but will definitely need to gel a bit more to succeed. Maro Itoje and George Kruis definitely have to start. Maro in particular has one hell of an engine on him.

 

Gatland's decision to draft in a bunch of unheard of welshmen into the team though, that's a pretty mindless move. Still giving him the benefit of the doubt, but the knives will come out if we lose next week! 

post #186 of 211
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Gatland's gamble...Williams at fullback, Halfpenny on the bench. Daly on the wing, North completely dropped! No Itoje

It's a brave, attacking team. Now they just have to win the ball, keep it, and go forward like THUNDER!!!!

Thoughts, @Andy Bain, @Bucho, @flint, Mike's Pants ?
post #187 of 211
To be honest I've been so under the gun with exam season I haven't had room to pay too much attention to the tour since the first couple of matches. Definitely curious to see how the big showdown plays out though.
post #188 of 211
I'm ready for my call up



I'm alternately hopeful and fearful. Just hope its at least close. Last 10 mins will tell
post #189 of 211
Pissed as a chook already. Streaming it.

Go the Lions!
post #190 of 211
Still unsure who to support here. Just hoping for a close and exciting game.
Lions need to claw back some revenge from 12 years ago.
post #191 of 211

This is agreat test match being RUINED by the fact the stremaing to my laptop sucks donkey balls.

 

Welly games are going to be wathed in the pucb

 

Also: v drunk

post #192 of 211
Fuck me dead. Hats off to the ABs. Next level stuff.

Bring on the Cake Tin
post #193 of 211
Messy and should have kicked clear at half time but

GO THE LIONS!!

post #194 of 211

What time is it socially acceptable to get steaming drunk after the Lions beat the All Blacks to level a series? 

 

Right the fuck now I reckon!

post #195 of 211
100% deserved, the best team won for sure. And they did it playing good rugby too, not just grinding up front but showing off some real slick hands at times too.
post #196 of 211

Very gracious Bucho, I suspect when you have your full complement out next week that you'll be celebrating some tries as well!

 

I'm hoping for a cracking match next week. The Lions back home always seem to be fighting a battle to prove the importance of their existence, as some see it as an old fashioned, amateur tour. I think they've done enough to keep those twats at bay for the moment, but a nice close game next week should finish the debate for the moment.

 

New Zealand really doubled their physicality in their second test against Ireland last year. I suspect that to happen again, and with maniacs like Vunipola and Sinckler on the pitch we should see some sparks flying!

post #197 of 211
It was the power of Henry's mind what won it

https://www.instagram.com/p/BV_D5iUFiDQ/

Love it smile.gif
post #198 of 211
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Cracker so far. This Itoje guy is pretty good. All Blacks are relentless.
post #199 of 211
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Bollocks
post #200 of 211
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Oooh missed the lick. I'll take it
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