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Title: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on January 04, 2015, 05:03:19 PM
whats everyones thoughts on the world cup this year can anyone see the all blacks being stopped? and will we have a northern hemisphere winner or will we yet again have south Africa, Australia or NZ's name put on the trophy? got a ticket off santa claus for the samoa v Scotland game cant wait   ;D
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on January 05, 2015, 08:19:26 PM
I can honestly see England being there or thereabouts. They ought to be up there with South Africa, France and the All Blacks. Unfortunately, with Wales and Australia being in our group, it means that one of the really big teams will be crashing out at a ridiculously early stage - I just hope its the Aussies (speaking as a Brit).

I can't say that New Zealand are unbeatable but they will always be the team to beat. I think a lot of the time it comes down to attitude when you play the likes of them. Quite often a lot of teams are beat before the action even starts (a bit like Mike Tyson's opponents many years ago) because they are so much in awe of them... rather than just getting stuck into them. Look what happened when we fronted up to them in 2012. Hope it happens again this year.

COME ON ENGLAND!!!
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Aidanb on January 13, 2015, 01:01:32 PM
I'd prefer Wales to go out at the first hurdle

for all sorts of reasons, 1 of them being the fact the are Wales
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on January 13, 2015, 01:05:32 PM
Ha ha ha  :P
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on January 13, 2015, 11:07:23 PM
Think its going to be England and Ireland flying the flag for the northern hemisphere. Be interesting to see whos no8 with ben morgans broken leg cant see him back in time and vunipolas been out of form bring back nick Easter
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on January 14, 2015, 05:13:41 PM
I reckon Billy Vunipola will step up to the plate if Ben Morgan is crocked by the time the RWC comes round.  Even so, with the likes of Nick Easter and Tom Croft to call on, its nice to have such an abundance of talent in most of our back row positions.

I'd like to think we can unearth a world class tight head as I've got my doubts about Dan Cole and Dave Wilson at times; and Kieron Brookes is still relatively inexperienced at that level.  But, to do so in 9 months would be a massive task.  We got plenty of classy loose heads (Marler, Corbisiero and even Vunipola) and hookers (Youngs, Hartley and Webber).  I know Corbisiero can play both sides to equal effect, but we need a proper "monster" who is a regular tight head to anchor our scrum.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on January 14, 2015, 11:26:40 PM
Got to disagree with u there about Dan Cole he's a class act. Dave Wilson's so operated don'tknow how he'sin the squad never mind starting 15. Think marlers the pick of the bunch at slackheed and Hartley'sthe no1 hooker despite him being a loose cannon on the pitch. Cant see crofty as an 8 mind think if vunipola and Morgan were knackered James Haskell would get the shirt
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: stuartdm on January 15, 2015, 12:03:48 AM
Don't forget Thomas Waldrom at No. 8 and Nathan Hughes at Wasps becomes England qualified this year, Stuart Lancaster says he is looking at Steffon Armitage as No. 8 as well, even though he's in France.  Mind you I think Morgan will be back by the WC as well. Embarrassment of riches 2nd rows really strong Launchbury, Attwood, Parling, Lawes. Just a bit worried at flanker.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on January 15, 2015, 08:52:02 AM
Don't you rate Robshaw and Wood?  I think we got plenty in reserve at back row - although I have to admit that I never even thought of James Haskell, Thomas Waldrom and Steffon Armitage... or Calum Clarke for that matter. I wish Samu Manoa (Northampton) was English cos he is a unit.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on January 15, 2015, 08:55:23 AM
Got to disagree with u there about Dan Cole he's a class act.
I just have loads of memories of him struggling against top loose heads - especially the likes of Cian Healy and that little French lad, who always seem to get under him (with him being so tall).
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on January 15, 2015, 01:07:11 PM
Never thought about armitage think if he's selected he's thebest 7 u could pick even if it ment shifting robshaw onto the blindside. DDon'tknow how Haskell's an international a bloke who spends 80% of his training in the gym and 20% on the rugby field how he gets awaway with it at wasps he's not even there standout player. Phil Dowson from nNorthampton can play anywhere along the back row and to a good standard don't know why he's never been given a shout. As for 2nd row Courtney lawes and launchbury I'd have nailed onfor the engine room
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on March 24, 2015, 07:20:49 PM
 6 nations done and dusted next up the rwc after watching the 6 nations what's peoples thoughts for the 4 home nations as well as France and Italy. For me a think England must be the team to beat home advantage as well as putting 55 points on France.
Ireland don't have the squad if o connell gets injured they have no leaders and to be fair o Driscoll was a notable miss Wales have one game plan which Italy surrendered to on the final day of the 6n
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on March 24, 2015, 07:40:04 PM
Got to disagree with u there about Dan Cole he's a class act.

I take it all back about Dan Cole. Apart from giving away a couple of penalties (1 or 2 borderline), he's had a hell of a championship and is an absolute nuisance at the breakdown for opposing packs. I also thought Mako looked good coming off the bench as well at times. Mind you, I don't know what Alex Corbisiero has to do to get into the reckoning - unless he hasn't been playing quite so well for the Saints, I'm not sure.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on March 24, 2015, 07:44:55 PM
6 nations done and dusted next up the rwc after watching the 6 nations what's peoples thoughts for the 4 home nations as well as France and Italy. For me a think England must be the team to beat home advantage as well as putting 55 points on France.

I think you could be right about the home advantage bit mate. I still think we need to brush up on our defence a little bit because those 35 points we conceded at the weekend took the gloss off the 55 we scored against a very good French defence that had only let two tries past them before that.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: local player on March 24, 2015, 08:59:24 PM
Still cant see past NZ.

SA & the Auzzies are good but beatable by the top 4 of the 6N.

Mind if Wales/Ireland/England play like they did on Saturday (finals day) there could be some major shocks.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on March 26, 2015, 03:01:57 PM
England v new Zealand at Twickenham now that would be some final really can't see it happening tho
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on March 26, 2015, 03:39:03 PM
I can mate, if we play like we did against the French.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: MichaelDriver on March 26, 2015, 04:23:53 PM
Got to disagree with u there about Dan Cole he's a class act.
I just have loads of memories of him struggling against top loose heads - especially the likes of Cian Healy and that little French lad, who always seem to get under him (with him being so tall).

Neil,

The little French chap is Thomas Domingo who tends to get the better of most tightheads in world rugby, If we come up against France it's up to Stuart Lancaster to make a horses for courses selection and think about Dave Wilson at 3.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on March 26, 2015, 04:53:53 PM
Thats the boyo mate - Cleremont Auvergne I think he plays for. Not sure whats happened to him this season because he hasn't featured in the 6 Nations as far as I know. Not sure if he's injured of Saint-Andre has just fancied trying other props. I know the French scrum hasn't been quite so steady this time around and I think its had a destabilising effect on the rest of their game.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on May 31, 2015, 09:27:34 PM
The way players are dropping out of the squads recently is going to have a significant impact on various countries' prospects.  Jonathan Davies will be a massive miss for Wales but l'm sure there'll be some major competition to fill the gap he left.

Can't believe the mentality of Manu Tuilagi, attacking those two WPCs - gutted that he is ditched from our RWC squad as a result but totally respect Stuart Lancaster's stance.  The same applies to Dylan Hartley. As good as he is, l truly believe that his hot head will give away silly penalties that may see us out of the competition.

I just hope the rest of our lads can stay injury-free and maintain good discipline... and you never know, it could end up being our year after all.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on June 01, 2015, 07:47:33 PM
I think if tuilagi was free to play he'd struggle to move Jonathan Joseph out of the 13 shirt and tuilagis never really been used as a 12 so can't see Lancaster using him as a 12 either
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: TheGuv on June 02, 2015, 10:37:52 AM
Hmm it looks like Cipriani may be banned now as well.

We've got quite a few fools in the England set up.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on June 02, 2015, 04:16:29 PM
Hmm it looks like Cipriani may be banned now as well.

We've got quite a few fools in the England set up.

After the season he's had - all the hard work he has put in getting his head sorted, knuckling down tremendously at Sale Sharks under Steve Diamond, and battling his way back into the England picture - it would be such a shame if he blew it all now due to drink driving. What a dobbin!!!
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: olfaithful on June 03, 2015, 08:16:58 PM
Taxis are useful if you are gonna have a skinful.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on June 05, 2015, 11:39:24 PM
He's hardly going to opt for a bus is he? Look what happened in Leeds that time ha ha.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on September 06, 2015, 09:47:28 AM
Bad day for Wales yesterday, losing Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb to injury. Both were stretchered off during their win over Italy and it looks touch and go for them making it in time for the World Cup. How unlucky.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on September 07, 2015, 09:45:48 PM
Sad to see Leigh halfpenny being told he's out for 6month+ with his knee ligaments
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Badgerbear77 on September 07, 2015, 09:53:54 PM
Leigh halfpenny must be gutted as must Wales... The RWC deserves world class performers and Halfpenny fits into that bracket and deserves that stage... Genuinely think Wales have less of a chance now... I can still see the Northern hemisphere sides shaking it up a bit just think none are capable of beating a southern hemisphere big 3 team twice in the tournament.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on September 07, 2015, 11:17:21 PM
Sad to see Leigh halfpenny being told he's out for 6month+ with his knee ligaments

I agree mate.  The poor lad must be devastated - as will all of Wales.

I genuinely believe he would have been a massive threat to England with his awesome kicking form.  If they lose their scrum half Webb as well that will surely cause unrest among their camp and make their job of escaping the 'group of death' very difficult.  Mind you, I expect Mike Phillips will be chomping at the bit to rejoin the squad, and he is a right handful.

To be brutally honest though, if England are to be successful in this tournament, wouldn't it be better to beat all the best teams out there, with their 100% full-strength squads?  Just like they did in 2003
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Badgerbear77 on September 08, 2015, 12:04:52 AM
thats what I mean, I think any of England, Wales and Ireland can beat any of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand but if they play one the other 2 in the next round they will get knocked out, they havent got the genuine world class performers of 2003.

front row of cole, youngs and Marler would hardly worry messrs vickery, Thompson or leonard... they might have edged out woodman in the squad

Lawes and Launchbury are tremendous but they are no Martin johnson and maybe they would edge Ben Kay but Simon Shaw was also a world class player

The back row would have been pulverised

Morgan, Robshaw, Haskell would be no match for Hill, Back, Dallaglio

Dawson was better than Youngs and I prefer Danny care at 9 but Dawson was class above him too

Farrell and Ford well they arent fit to lace Jonny Wilkinsons boots

Barritt, Burrell Burgess, Slade hardly a match for Will Greenwood.. Tindall was always effective and Mike Catt again was a classy player and better than what we currently have

Out wide I like England Nowell, May and Watson look good... But Robinson was the best finisher to play for England and Cohen was also a big carrier... All the current lads were better than Balshaw though!

the exception is full back... Lewsey was a brave and strong player but in Mike Brown England have a real rock and a quality performer.... and he is probably the only one who I would say would command a place in the 2003 team



Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on September 08, 2015, 11:49:14 AM
Very well put mate.

I agree with your assessment of the whole squad - especially the back row, where we appear to lack a pedigree 7. If only Stu Lancaster could have applied a bit of common sense to the selection criteria and included Steffon Armitage. The same applies to Nick Abendanon, who would be the only 15 I can think of who'd keep Mike Brown on his toes.

I think Anthony Watson has fantastic potential and phenomenal pace. I really think he could be the next Jason Robinson with his dazzling footwork - he could sidestep someone in a phonebox.  Jack Nowell always seems to break the gain line too, which is a must in this day of rock solid defences.  Johnny May is also a real flyer but his defence can sometimes be a bit suspect.

I reckon the two bad lads who were ditched for disciplinary reason - Dylan Hartley and Manu Tuilagi - would have given me a lot more peace of mind but I'm 100% behind our boys and have every faith in them.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on September 11, 2015, 05:56:13 PM
Hartley will be a massive miss for England don't think England have a standout hooker other than him. Tuilagi yes will be a miss but Joseph offers something different and looks dangerous in attack. Personally I would've took cipriani ahead of Farrell he offers alot more than Farrell's hospital pass to 12 and nick Easter bein dropped for an out of form vunipola and Morgan who's played about 96 mins of rugby since January.......oh well 7days to go
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: olfaithful on September 18, 2015, 10:16:55 PM
35-11 not great but job done
5 pts and move on.
Cut out the errors and panic.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on September 19, 2015, 07:06:46 PM
Japan v south Africa  :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Badgerbear77 on September 19, 2015, 09:01:05 PM
What a start!!! Incredible!

England will not have anyone quaking in their boots but hopefully will improve and pick it up a bit, I dont think Fiji are as bad as people thought they would be but England were sucked into trying to play 7s with them..... and that didnt end well!

Ireland... well they showed England how to play against an underdog... controlled and  polished performance from them.... Hitting line at speed and recycling over again served them well

Georgia beat a poor Tonga side.... but I expect neither to trouble anyone really

Japan -  What an amazing performance... The Boks looked shell shocked... And its not that they were poor, Japan were incredible, organised and full of heart, energy personified they looked every inch a top tier side. Enthusiasm might just send them far. South Africa are in all sorts of trouble now. Samoa are strong and will fancy having a go, Scotland are as strong as they have been in years and America are full of juiced up NFL rejects.... If South Africa are off form and they lose again... they are off home!

Italy and France is a spectacle but France should be well on top, the fact they arent means Italy could sneak it if they step up!

And not everyone has even took the field yet.... could be the best RWC ever!!
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: TheGuv on September 23, 2015, 11:46:18 AM
Japan v south Africa  :o :o :o :o :o

Game of the 21st Century for me!
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on September 23, 2015, 09:43:30 PM
Can see there being more shocks yet the standard of the underdogs seems to be picking up compared to past years world cups. Romania certainly weren't as bad as there scoreline v France suggests. And Fiji have played well against both England and the aussies
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on September 24, 2015, 11:29:41 AM
Japan v south Africa  :o :o :o :o :o

Game of the 21st Century for me!

I'd have to agree there mate. It was non stop for the full 80+ minutes - a rare treat!!!
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on September 24, 2015, 11:34:18 AM
France look tremendous in parts and I was very impressed with them last night. Mind you, the Romanians looked strong up front - not many packs shove the French about at will like that.

The fact that Australia were limited to three tries and given a rough old time of it against Fiji just goes to show that our group is going to be very tight and puts England's performance the other night in perspective - credit must go to Fiji for making us and the Aussies look as we did. I bet Wales wish they were already played and out of the way.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on September 25, 2015, 03:19:27 PM
Great to see the Namibians getting stuck into the All Blacks and giving them a bloody tough game last night. I reckon that Jacques Burger (Saracens flanker) is a right radge packet and puts his head where most people would fear to put their hands. Brave as a lion.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on September 29, 2015, 10:40:00 AM
The thought of England losing Billy Vunipola is a proper sickener but glad to hear Nick Easter is rejoining the squad after originally missing out on the final cut.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on October 03, 2015, 11:36:30 PM
Next time anyone hears me singing England's praises, please kick me in the nuts. It can't possibly hurt as much as watching that shite tonight. No heart, no clear game plan, never really in the game - RUBBISH!!!
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on October 03, 2015, 11:55:11 PM
It was terrible mate pocock was awesome for the aussies. Can't believe Australia's scrum dominance that never happens in an England v Australia game. Think Dan Colesdays are numbered
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on October 04, 2015, 09:01:26 AM
I'd sack the entire front and back rows. They were an embarrassment. Barritt's days must be numbered, same goes for Ben Youngs. I bet poor Dave Wilson, Danny Care and Jack Nowell wish they'd booked holidays as they haven't been given a minute's game time between them. Nowell always breaks the gain line yet where is he?

Tactical constipation must be the hash tag of the day.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on October 04, 2015, 09:32:28 AM
I said exactly the same can't see why Nowell hasn't been starting he's more dangerous with ball in hand out of himself may and Watson. Barritt made 13 tackles and missed none its just he offers little in attack. Robshaw does alot unseen work but he was found out by pocock and hooper if you ask me he needs moved to 6. Be interesting to see what the RFU think of Lancaster and co over the next week or 2 .
Anyways lets hope my team can get a result against Italy today. Come on you boys in green!
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Renegade on October 04, 2015, 08:18:19 PM
Let's be honest, how many England players would get into a Lions Team? If they aren't the best in the uk and Ireland then they won't compete with the worlds elite.

They have problems all over the side. Both starting props have no technique and are gym bunnies only, the hooker (Youngs) is to small and gets bullied. Our locks apart from Laws are very one dimensional and the back row are all identical in style, not one of them can challenge for the ball at the break down. We really need Stefan Armitage who has been treated shabbily.

Ben Youngs is good but neither 10 is effective and they are scared stiff of Cipriani, centres should have been Burrell and Joseph, I like the wingers inc Nowell and Mike Brown is a class act.

So too answer my own question we have maybe 3-4 players who could challenge for a Lions shirt, it's no wonder we are out.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Badgerbear77 on October 05, 2015, 09:58:26 AM
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water... Lots wrong but don't overlook what Lancaster has done positively. To me Farrell is the main issue in that coaching set up. He was a great league player but in union average at best... Catt and rowntree are positive influences... I would like to see us rid Farrell and pay big bucks for Shaun Edwards to support Lancaster. Overturn rules on those playing in France... Just say you have to play in Europe to be eligible and we can turn it around in4 years
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on October 05, 2015, 07:31:11 PM
Hope you're right Badger. On reflection l recall Clive Woodward saying "Judge me by our performance in the World Cup", just before the 1999 tournament then South Africa done us over. Roll on four years and Martin Johnson lifted the trophy. I hope history can repeat itself... BUT, some major changes are needed I.e. incorporating our Europe-based players, changing the skipper and growing some balls when it comes to selection. I imagine it may well have been a totally different outome had Armitage, Hartley, Tuilagi, Burrell and Cipriani been involved.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on October 08, 2015, 11:16:00 AM
I've developed a soft spot for Georgia and was over the moon to see them record a second win of the RWC to leave them with a 50/50 two wins two losses record for a tournament for the first time ever. I reckon they've more than earned their right to qualify automatically for Japan 2019; although it was frustrating to see so many handling errors in their game with Namibia last night. I wish their number 8 Mamuka Gorgodze and props were English though - absolute monsters!!!

South Africa are looking ruthless as well. I've been very impressed with their young second row De Lood Jager. Gets around the park well, puts in more than his fair share of big hits, and features very strongly in the tight exchanges... and he's just a baby-faced kid. Give him a few seasons and I reckon he'll be the best second row in the world bar none.
Title: Adopt a team 2015 world cup England out.
Post by: 1066 on October 10, 2015, 09:03:56 PM
Who's your adopted team now England are out ,mine is Ireland just because they seem to have always underachieved, they must have a big world cup sooner or later  :o
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on October 11, 2015, 07:08:28 PM
How superb was Australia's defence last night please? Wales must have fancied their chances of building a score when Will Genia went off, closely followed by Dean Mumm, but the Aussies were awesome. I was knackered just watching it.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Jobba on October 11, 2015, 09:21:34 PM
Hats off to Ireland today, absolutely brilliant considering they lost 3 senior figures during the game?? Sad thing is they'll now lose O'Brien next week for the punch to Pape's gut!!
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: 1066 on October 11, 2015, 09:45:47 PM
The Aussies look to have it all,always a clever side,but used to be weak in the scrum not any more,I didn't see the tri nations which they won but the writing must have been on the wall,whoops 4 nations..Ireland had a good win today it must have been like playing at Lansdown road for them great support but missed a chance or two. Argentina next.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on October 14, 2015, 04:44:23 PM
Thoroughly enjoyed watching the Ireland vs France game from a neutral point of view. I thought were gutsy and did a great job of upsetting the odds in front of them. Gutted to see Paul O'Connell's tremendous international career come to such an abrupt end and also sad for Peter O'Mahony and Jonny Sexton.

Sean O'Brien must be ruing his poor discipline after levelling Pascal Pape with a beauty to the guts; but I reckon he and Jonny Sexton should be fine for the semi final if they get past Argentina... and I really think they will.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Teessidewire on October 18, 2015, 01:20:47 PM
Well I'm sitting here watching Ireland v Argentina and with the score 17-0 to the Argies after 14 minutes you might just be wrong. It will take a lot for Ireland to come back from this.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: 1066 on October 18, 2015, 02:01:38 PM
If Ireland can apply some pressure I could see Argentina give away some penalties they are so wound up.But credit to them they have taken their chances.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on October 18, 2015, 04:00:31 PM
Argentina were relentless and played a high tempo game that totally justified the end result.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Teessidewire on October 18, 2015, 07:04:03 PM
Argentina were impressive, they manufactured the overlap on several occasions and deserved their win. I'll bet that Australian replacement prop who got his pass intercepted for the Scotland late score is a relieved man.
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on October 19, 2015, 05:02:42 PM
You can say that again. Passes like that are the exact reason folk like that play in the front row... well out of the way ha ha ha.

Although I was cheering for South Africa and Australia respectively this weekend (due to the fact that so many Scots and Welsh were cheering England's opponents throughout the RWC) I had to take my hat off to both sets of gallant losers, who did their nations and the game itself very proud.

Funny how all of the semi-finalists are Rugby Championship teams. Two fantastic games to look forward to next weekend - South Africa vs New Zealand (Sat, 3pm) and Australia vs Argentina (Sun, 3pm).
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Teessidewire on October 19, 2015, 08:02:23 PM
Interesting noting the comments about Mr Joubert and the fact that there is now going to be an enquiry about 'THAT' decision. Yes, it was the wrong decision, but I for one can't blame the guy for wanting to get off the pitch. If I had said some of the things about any local referee that some supposed rugby experts have said about him, then I would be up before the County Disciplinary Committee and looking at a long ban. It was just very unfortunate that circumstances dictated that he couldn't go to the screen.
One thing though, how can knocking the ball down (and even that wasn't really conclusive) be put to the TMO, and an apparent offside can't? Surely knocking the ball down can't be classed as foul play, or can it?
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: LineoutGeneral on October 25, 2015, 07:36:59 PM
David pocock was class in that semi vrs argentina bit of a debate ahead of the final who's the best 7? Pocock hooper or McCaw? Got to be pocock for me despite him being used at 8 all tournament he wins more turnovers than McCaw and mccaws past his best with hooper still only 22 or 23 he's still learning

Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Jobba on October 25, 2015, 07:52:17 PM
Pocock is 27 mate. Two world class 7's and McCaw would have to go down as rugby's greatest ever captain if they get the result next week!
Title: Re: RWC 2015
Post by: Neil Roseberry on October 26, 2015, 08:29:20 PM
I think it would be easy to rate him as the best 7 ever anyway mate. He has been so consistently amazing for donkeys years and I reckon it will take his successor a good few seasonsto wrestle his title from him many years after his retirement.