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Lions Tour of NZ 2017

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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby Spiffsson » Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:57 pm

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Snipe Watson wrote:It's easy to pick holes in the Lions concept in this day and age, but we have lost a lot from the Corinthian era of rugby The Lions and Barbarians are the last vestiges of the game I fell in love with 40+ years ago. There's something noble about these traditions, admittedly they have been corrupted my filthy lucre, but I'm happy to overlook that in order to maintain that connection with the past.


Snipe anyone other than you I would have suggested they grow the feck up & stop talking ballix.

For you I'll just say, that's interesting, I don't share your fascination for the past, FFS you probably still listen to Elvis & the Beatles (both of whom I loathe to a similar extent to the Lions) and that although I am incredibly old my main interest is the future.

When you say "corrupted by filthy lucre", it only remains in existence because of filthy lucre.

If you seek a noble traditional endeavour might I refer you instead to The Ryder Cup, there is a traditional sporting event where players play for the honour, no cash is exchanged, no huge bonus payments for victory.

All that said, I will doubtless watch the matches hoping, nay expecting, that New Zealand demolishes the Anglo-Welsh combo with the odd token Paddy & maybe even a Scot.

However, Corinthian Spirit my reeking clunge, we are Ulstermen not silver spoon fed chaps from Rugby School, Eton or similar. You've watched Chariots Offiah one too many times. >EW


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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby UlsterNo9 » Mon May 02, 2016 8:53 pm

BRING OUR BOYS HOME #BOBH
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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby Russ » Mon May 02, 2016 8:56 pm


Hope so

But if the Lions want to win they will pick Jones or Cotter
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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby Jackie Brown » Mon May 02, 2016 9:06 pm


Well that will ruin that tour as a spectacle.

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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby Cockatrice » Mon May 02, 2016 10:49 pm

Jackie Brown wrote:

Well that will ruin that tour as a spectacle.

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only thing this will mean is that Leinster will form the spine of the team…
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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby Cap'n Grumpy » Mon May 02, 2016 10:56 pm

Cockatrice wrote:
Jackie Brown wrote:

Well that will ruin that tour as a spectacle.

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only thing this will mean is that Leinster will form the spine of the team…

That would make a change ......they were pretty spineless on Saturday
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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby Russ » Mon May 02, 2016 11:25 pm

Can you imagine a Lions bench of Reddan, Madigan and McFadden for their versatility
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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby Snipe Watson » Mon May 02, 2016 11:26 pm

Russ wrote:Can you imagine a Lions bench of Reddan, Madigan and McFadden for their versatility
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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby Shan » Wed May 04, 2016 7:20 pm

BaggyTrousers wrote: there is no good reason whatsoever other than money for the perseverance with this ludicrous concept of the Lions.



Árse. There is one other good reason. It reminds the Paddies that they are really British no matter what they think.


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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby Shan » Wed May 04, 2016 7:21 pm

Russ wrote:Can you imagine a Lions bench of Reddan, Madigan and McFadden for their versatility


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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby justinr73 » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:37 am

These summer tours are a chance for players to really lay claim to a place in the team for the first Test, but how many certainties would you say there are right now?

I can't see anyone looking beyond North or Alun Wyn Jones.

Beyond them, there seems to be plenty of healthy competition but I'd be surprised if Hogg and Billy V don't feature.
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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby Snipe Watson » Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:31 am

justinr73 wrote:These summer tours are a chance for players to really lay claim to a place in the team for the first Test, but how many certainties would you say there are right now?

I can't see anyone looking beyond North or Alun Wyn Jones.

Beyond them, there seems to be plenty of healthy competition but I'd be surprised if Hogg and Billy V don't feature.

I fully expect Wyn Jones to captain the Lions and rightly so. Great player and a leader of men.
Hogg is a fantastic player, but is he better than Payne, Brown and Halfpenny? He is a shining light is a fairly dull Scotland team, but put him into strong company and he doesn't look so special. I think he is fast and skillful, but not particularly an intelligent rugby player or a team player. Fullback is a strong area.
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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby Russ » Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:16 pm

AWJ and Itoje with Hendoooo
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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby justinr73 » Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:41 pm

Snipe Watson wrote:
justinr73 wrote:These summer tours are a chance for players to really lay claim to a place in the team for the first Test, but how many certainties would you say there are right now?

I can't see anyone looking beyond North or Alun Wyn Jones.

Beyond them, there seems to be plenty of healthy competition but I'd be surprised if Hogg and Billy V don't feature.

I fully expect Wyn Jones to captain the Lions and rightly so. Great player and a leader of men.
Hogg is a fantastic player, but is he better than Payne, Brown and Halfpenny? He is a shining light is a fairly dull Scotland team, but put him into strong company and he doesn't look so special. I think he is fast and skillful, but not particularly an intelligent rugby player or a team player. Fullback is a strong area.


Agree about AWJ.

Given a season at 15, Payne could make the side but he's got some catching up to do. Same with 1/2p, especially if Farrell plays. Brown needs to take a look at what Israel Folau was doing yesterday. There should be a bit of space to run in to in New Zealand and I reckon Hogg has every chance.

Murray must have given the selectors a decent nudge with his performance in Cape Town.

It's going to be interesting, that's for sure.
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Re: Lions Tour of NZ 2017

Postby Neill_M » Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:35 pm

I read that the decision re the coach is being made after the summer tests. Gatland again? Maybe JS or neither of them - Mr Jones perhaps

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