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Post by mightymouse » Fri Aug 11, 2006 11:36 am

Indeed "the mouse" Mclauclan was my all time boyhood hero and indeed the reason for my nom de plume and if i was picking favourites then he would be in (I was tempted) - it is difficult to compare through the ages but Mightymouse was only about 14 1/2 stone which makes you wonder if he was able to compete in the modern game - big Fran on the other hand would have been a monster in any era and could play either side.
My other choice at prop, Pricey, I had the pleasure of spending some time with in South Africa in 97 and was a thoroughly good bloke. If my memory serves me correctly, I think we played in a game together in Cape Town - But I was very hung over at the time and everything was a bit hazy! The great thing about Pricey was that whilst all the other rugby Celebs tend to do the - "let me tell you all about my days as an international and a I am the font of all knowledge" - he would just sit with the lads have several beers and you would never guess that this quiet unassuming man was once one the most world wide recognised formidable prop forwards ever!

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Post by dailywaffle » Fri Aug 11, 2006 1:27 pm

Great story about Pricey there, mm !

Your mentioning of South Africa has prompted me to pick a South African for my all-time XV .... Francois Pienaar at 6. Quite a controversial character, but his inspired leadership of SA winning the world cup deserves some recognition.

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Post by Tiger Eye » Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:07 pm

TerraceJoe wrote:Johnno, no hesitation.

League Champion
Cup winner
Heineken Cup winner
Grand Slam
Victorious Lions tour
World Cup

All as captain. A true legend of the game. Nobody has ever bossed the pitch like Johnno did.
Spot on! Martin Johnson is the best ever.
Leinster Heineken Cup champions 2009
Ireland Grand Slam champions 2009

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Post by Ukin » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:58 am

mightymouse wrote:my team

Cotton
Fitzpatrick
Price
Meads
Johnson
Kronfeld
Davies. M
Mourie

Edwards
Ella. M

Lomu
Gerber
Sella
Campese
Irvine
Very good selections there....I nigh on agree with your pack except I'd include Deano at No8, Barry John at Flyhalf and JPR at Fullback
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Post by sk 88 » Sun Aug 13, 2006 1:53 pm

Johnno wasn't captain when we won the Pilkington Cup.

My team

1.Rowntree
2.West
3.Garforth
4.Johnson
5.Kay
6.Corry
7.Back
8.W.Johnson
9.Healy
10.Goode
11.Stanley
12.Howard
13.Lloyd
14.Murphey
15.Stimpson

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Post by moody#2 fan » Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:35 pm

Michael Jones was so good he could choose when he wanted to play for the All Blacks. He was a religiours man who wouldnt play on a sunday. Even when the world cup came round he was in the NZ squad and would only play in games that didnt fall on a sunday.

Although the game was still ametuer when he was playing.


I hope this is the right player BTW!!

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Post by dailywaffle » Sun Aug 13, 2006 6:25 pm

Hi moody

Yep, that was that Michael Jones. With huge respect to Back et al, Jones is considered the best open side ever. Considered a true legend in NZ (with Meads and Fitzpatrick).

sk 88

Do you really think we have the best XV that this planet has ever produced ? :wink:

I think Phil Bennett and Barry John may just edge out dear old Andy at 10 !

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Post by glenn » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:43 pm

front row: jason leonard: sean fitzpatrick: fran cotton
2nd row: colin meads: jonno
back row: richie macaw: deano: josh Kronfreld
fly half: barry john
scrum half: george gregan
wings: Campo: rory underwood
full back:serge blanco
centers: sella: carling

im only 25 so cant remeber all!!!

tiger wise though:
frront row: ABC Club
2nd row: Jonno van heerden
back row: backy, deano, josh kronfeld
scrum half: Austin
fly half: joel stransky
wings: big Dave lougheed :rory
centers: paul dodge: will greenwood
full back Dusty hare

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Post by mightymouse » Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:17 pm

Glenn

No Clive Woodward??

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Post by Mitchell » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:35 am

I often heard that South Africa had some outstanding rugby players whom we never got the chance to see playing because of the sports ban on South Africa during the years of white rule in South Africa anybody know any more on the subject

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Post by dailywaffle » Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:50 pm

Hi Mitchell

As I think a couple of us have observed, Danie Gerber was one of the world's best ever centres, but the boycott robbed him of much of the credit he deserved.

He is in SA's rugby hall of fame.

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Post by dailywaffle » Wed Aug 23, 2006 6:28 pm

For those too young to remember the great Gareth Edwards, I found this ....

http://tinyurl.com/pnq8y

Enjoy (unless you're a Scot !)

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Post by mightymouse » Thu Aug 24, 2006 12:25 pm

As a scotsman - always happy to see brilliant rugby - even happier to listen to commentry from the one and only legend - Bill Maclaren - without doubt the best ever commentator in any sport anywhere - The greatest! and a Scot!

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Post by Hairy Egg » Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:30 pm

Mightymouse,

I can't let the thread end like that!

I rejoyced on the day that Bill Maclaren retired. Not only did he subscribe to this mentality of "I'll support anyone playing against England" and commentate accordingly, but he seemed to have difficulty pronouncing simple names like Clive Woodward and Martin Johnson.

As we've already established that Martin Johnson is the greatest rugby player ever I think it's rather ignorant to insist on calling him Johnston...

He might have had good knowledge of the game but frankly I was too busy shouting at the telly to hear it!!

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Post by steve424 » Sat Aug 26, 2006 11:50 am

4 me johnno always s teh best player ever!

but i see no mention henry tuilagi in any ones XV

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