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by SimonP in Surrey
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Sir Eddie of Jones re-signs until 2023
Replies: 15
Views: 1829

Re: Sir Eddie of Jones re-signs until 2023

Right choice for another RWC cycle for me. EJ has certainly upped Englands game. Whilst some inconsistency still exists, at times they are really (REALLY) good. Plus a number of them, being quite young, will get even better e.g. Itoje, Curry, Underhill, Sinckler, Genge. EJ is stubborn, which plays b...
by SimonP in Surrey
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021
Replies: 97
Views: 6801

Re: Who’s your pick for Lions 2021

Good list JP ... front five difficult to imagine too much different, unless father time finally catches AWJ then Ryan can step in. I am not as impressed as some with CJ Stander. Would be nice to see if Hamish Watson can be given a chance somewhere ??Gatland won't leave Farrell out and also likes Jon...
by SimonP in Surrey
Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Henley Business School Case Study - The Demise of Sporting Institution
Replies: 8
Views: 1522

Re: Henley Business School Case Study - The Demise of Sporting Institution

I watched the match yesterday and realised my assumptions and expectations have changed. I am no longer indignant or angry. I am now just resigned / accepting. What I saw yesterday was what I expected to see and what I know I will continue to see for the rest of the season until we are relegated. S...
by SimonP in Surrey
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: The World Cup Final
Replies: 70
Views: 8211

Re: The World Cup Final

Lots of errors for ENG early on blew the confidence to allow them to play wide and fast to outwit the big boks ... plus obviously without a competing scrum your odds of winning are very poor ... at times if they knocked on I thought forget that let's carry on ... we really don't want another scrum. ...
by SimonP in Surrey
Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: World Rugby awards 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 691

Re: World Rugby awards 2019

Is there a criteria definition for these awards somewhere ? Without clear specification these titles are ridiculously subjective or at worst patronising ? 2019 is all about winning the RWC so ENG & RSA should be dominating the lists ? Japan could deserve some sort of award but an emerging / plucky /...
by SimonP in Surrey
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Is Lavanini going to be a liability?
Replies: 122
Views: 10462

Re: Is Lavanini going to be a liability?

Strong step in the right direction ... and agree with the mentor comment above.
by SimonP in Surrey
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Duty of care
Replies: 22
Views: 1700

Re: Duty of care

Bigger picture for me is that rugby is inherently a gladiatorial, confrontational, deeply honourable sport that now professional is also inherently dangerous. Players and supporters love it for what it is. The bigger picture battle in that context for our current times is to balance (1) the player w...
by SimonP in Surrey
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: I hope Mike Ford goes out to The World Cup Final
Replies: 15
Views: 2021

Re: I hope Mike Ford goes out to The World Cup Final

That is why I can’t understand those on here who have a go at Tom Youngs. Top bloke and always gives his all in a Tigers’ shirt. Well done Tom and I’ll be cheering extra loud for you on Saturday. +1 :smt023 It's disappointing, Ian, but you'll never stop it. There are those who can't post on here wi...
by SimonP in Surrey
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Is Lavanini going to be a liability?
Replies: 122
Views: 10462

Re: Is Lavanini going to be a liability?

Lavanini has the core attributes to make a difference. You can’t train or coach some of those absolute DNA traits. Therefore despite his enforcer status I suspect he needs a really strong (brave 😀) captain to stare at him / yell at him / hold him back a bit like like Itoje does with Sinks for ENG.
by SimonP in Surrey
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: The World Cup Final
Replies: 70
Views: 8211

Re: The World Cup Final

Reading the tea leaves ..... Jones needs to stick with Ford, Faz, Manu ... ENG will move the RSA pack around mercilessly at breakneck speed and get the kick balance right (I hope) ... May strongly rumoured to likely be fit, also Sinks and Faz ... key point for me is how RSA want to play ... I though...
by SimonP in Surrey
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: ITV coverage of WC
Replies: 12
Views: 1429

Re: ITV coverage of WC

Eddie Butler is horrendous, in my view. Harrison I don't mind (without Barnes). I think they've done a decent job tbh. As maligned as he is as a board member of Tigers, I think Kay is excellent as a summariser and also like Flatman in that role too along with Monye. Not so keen on Dayglo though. Sh...
by SimonP in Surrey
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Wales v SA
Replies: 34
Views: 2483

Re: Wales v SA

RSA 12 De Allende very dangerous but I would stick with Ford, Faz, Manu for the final. ENG wrap around passes from forwards should hopefully keep the RSA beef on the move away from contact to wear them down. Think ENG are fitter and last 15 mins could be the difference if ENG play the same game plan...
by SimonP in Surrey
Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: ENG vs NZ - RWC Semi
Replies: 98
Views: 6997

Re: ENG vs NZ - RWC Semi

Credit to Jones and the coaching team. That was the best ENG performance for a very very long time. Perfectly timed. The team followed the script with skill and a no fear attitude. NZ at times really didn't know quite what to do. ENG won the front foot collisions / momentum and the breakdown. Lineou...
by SimonP in Surrey
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: ENG vs NZ - RWC Semi
Replies: 98
Views: 6997

Re: ENG vs NZ - RWC Semi

Per earlier posts Slade out plus Nowell or Cockanasiga in for the bench would be better for me.
by SimonP in Surrey
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: ENG vs NZ - RWC Semi
Replies: 98
Views: 6997

Re: ENG vs NZ - RWC Semi

Theory seems to be S Barrett will boost their lineout impact where NZ troubled ENG last game. But I agree losing Cane from the breakdown is quite a trade off. Looking like Ford, Faz, Manu and hoping May shakes off slight injury.