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    I know you're all football fans, but I'm sure some of you follow this sport too. What was the quote? "Football is the Gentleman's game played by thugs, Rugby is the thug's game played by Gentlemen." Anyway, the fantastic start to last week's Wales vs. All Blacks game. Shame Wales collapsed so badly in the 2nd half, but at least they made NZ raise their game. Tomorrow they scalp the Ozzies. Come on


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    you want to be studying, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    you want to be studying, of course.
    My dad was a Scouse evacuee, brought up in Wales, and dedicated to the Welsh rugby team. They were fantastic in the '70s, almost good enough to make rugby interesting.

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    Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fiji again. Fuck.

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    And especial apologies to Shaun Edwards, the Greatest Living Englishman.

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    And yes, watching this Welsh team is the first time in living memory that it has been possible to be comfortable and slightly blase when following Wales. The defence is astonishing for anyone brought up on 1990s Wales. Millennium Stadium is pretty great, too.

    And we still have easily the most rousing national anthem in the world (sorry, France, it's close but no cigar).

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    Didn't see all of it, due to stress-related cigarette breaks (watching at a pub) and drink-related comprehension problems late in the game, but bravo England. I don't think many Welshmen would've begrudged them the win on that performance. And they were killing us in the tackle at certain stages.

    That all said, it's the mark of champions (cf Man United, New Zealand, Brazil) to play badly and win. Which is a strange feeling for a Welsh rugby fan.

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    My mother went on a date with Phil Bennet in the 60s, but he wasn't her type. If he was, I wouldn't exist. Imagine that!

    We saw Merv the Swerv filling up his battered Peugeot at a Mumbles petrol station in 1990. He was clearly slightly brain-damaged, almost tramp-like. Mum said, "that's Merv the Swerve. He was once great." It was heart-breaking.

    Dangerous game.

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    i have to be honest craner. wales are not very good. if you think that was the all blacks stepping up their game you're mad. if you'd seen the tri-nations games you'd realise that. wales run around like headless chickens. they've got no real power in the fowards either. they're good anough to beat england and the rest of the 6 nations but thats it. they wont even beat australia and australia are a bit shit.

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    Good one,

    Charl on tenderhooks, bless her. Gav did well in this game, to be fair.

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    its a southern hempishphere world rugby, always was.

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    That's just what the All Blacks said, but you're right. They're getting to be the best Northern team however, as long as Gatland sticks around. We have the best collection of players in the North. Even you Kiwis would kill for a runner like Shane Williams and a kicker like Stephen Jones. We're after you!

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    shane williams is a lovely player but he has neither the pace or the raw power of any of literally 7 or 8 kiwi wingers. and do you really think henry would want to swap jones for carter? gatland seems to be a good thing however and id be happy to see an extended period of welsh dominance in the northern hempishere. 6 nations is shit without a strong wales side.

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    Plus our captain, Ryan Jones, is way cooler than your robot. We have spirit, whereas your team is an ex-colonial machine.

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    i wonder if it is possible for wales to get a position where they can challenge the south... the elvs will help them no end i'd imagine. all that running.

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