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  • Ray de Galles
    started a topic Tokyo Calling - Rugby 2019

    Tokyo Calling - Rugby 2019

    Wales announce their 6N squad, sadly denuded of Faletau as it was confirmed yesterday that's he's rebroken his arm.

    The headline seems to be Thomas Young's call up given his fantastic form in the English Premiership :



    FORWARDS:

    Rob Evans (Scarlets) (31 Caps)
    Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (10 Caps)
    Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (24 Caps)
    Elliot Dee (Dragons) (13 Caps)
    Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (6 Caps)
    Ken Owens (Scarlets) (60 Caps)
    Leon Brown (Dragons) (5 Caps)
    Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (36 Caps)
    Samson Lee (Scarlets) (38 Caps)
    Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues) (8 Caps)
    Jake Ball (Scarlets) (29 Caps)
    Adam Beard (Ospreys) (8 Caps)
    Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues) (7 Caps)
    Cory Hill (Dragons) (22 Caps)
    Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (120 Caps) (CAPT)
    Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (26 Caps)
    Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) (11 Caps)
    Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (60 Caps)
    Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Blues) (10 Caps)
    Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (3 Caps)
    Thomas Young (Wasps) (2 Caps)

    BACKS:

    Aled Davies (Ospreys) (12 Caps)
    Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (36 Caps)
    Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues) (6 Caps)
    Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues) (21 Caps)
    Dan Biggar (Northampton) (65 Caps)
    Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Blues) (1 Cap)
    Rhys Patchell (Scarlets) (11 Caps)
    Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (67 Caps)
    Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (10 Caps)
    Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (8 Caps)
    Scott Williams (Ospreys) (57 Caps)
    Josh Adams (Worcester) (6 Caps)
    Hallam Amos (Dragons) (18 Caps)
    Steffan Evans (Scarlets) (12 Caps)
    Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (80 Caps)
    Jonah Holmes (Leicester) (1 Cap)
    George North (Ospreys) (79 Caps)
    Liam Williams (Saracens) (51 Caps)?

  • Kevin S
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    On how many levels is this offensive?

    cultural appropriation, imperialistic, arrogant...

    https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby/status/1174360194828120065?s=19

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    This is possibly the first World Cup I remember where plotting who potentially gets who from the quarter finals is a) pretty hard to confidently predict in the first place, with the possible exception of Ireland winning group A, and b) redundant anyway, as I think there are six teams who could win this if they get that far so at least two of the quarter finals are games that could easily have been the final.


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  • HORN
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    Truly awful, though to be clear I don't think the scum journalist exactly beat Alfie in a footrace to his parents' front door.

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49739345

    A journalist told Alfie's parents before he could. Scum.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    He is particularly stupid, twp as we say in Wales.

    Stephen Jones (who was set to replace Howley under Pivac post RWC anyway ) is rushing out to Japan now to take over, many consider him an upgrade.
    Last edited by Ray de Galles; 17-09-2019, 19:04.

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  • HORN
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    I don't know much about him. Is he particularly stupid rather than it being any more sinister than that?

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Rob Howley sent home from Wales camp for breaching "corruption/betting" rules. FFS!

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    Gareth Thomas revealing HIV status will 'tackle stigma'

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...y_to_clipboard

    Alfie has given the story as an exclusive to the Mirror after tabloid journalists went to his parents' house. I wonder which tabloid scum that was?

    Documentary on TV on Wednesday according to the article.

    I wonder how is iron man triathlon went today. 2.5 mile swim in open water and before training for this Alfie couldn't swim. Legend he is.

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
    My wife just told me, bloody hell!

    Clearly someone had gone to the press and he's preempted the story by revealing it himself.

    [URL]https://twitter.com/gareththomas14/status/1172979157762039810?s=21[/URL]
    That's an amazing response from a remarkable man.

    I wish that the Guardian story I read this morning had linked to this, it's his secret and nobody else's but someone or some people have clearly tried to blackmail him.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    My wife just told me, bloody hell!

    Clearly someone had gone to the press and he's preempted the story by revealing it himself.

    [URL]https://twitter.com/gareththomas14/status/1172979157762039810?s=21[/URL]

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  • Cesar Rodriguez
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    I'm very sorry to hear that, it is bloody awful news.

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  • Bordeaux Education
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    Obviously a shock but if anyone can help educate that HIV is now a chronic manageable disease rather than a death sentence, it's Gareth.

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  • Eggchaser
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    Gareth Thomas has revealed that he is HIV positive. Shit.

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  • elguapo4
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    Irish rugby fans and, especially, journalists have the most inflated sense of their own brilliance in the world, so being number 1 is their natural place,as far as they're concerned.

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    By dint of that win Ireland have gone top of the World Rankings. As we know Ray's disdain for them I imagine there's almost a bit of relief that Wales won't be burdened by any inflated sense of anticipation that the number one ranking brings with it.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Terrible news about Williams, I think he's the fourth player from SA's '95 squad to die young and, of course, we've also lost Lomu from NZ's side.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Heart attack at 49. So awful.
    That happens in “older” athletes more often than one might think.

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    Fuck. Chester Williams has died from a heart attack.

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    Wales versus the Barbarians was already special because it was new coach versus old coach, the WRU have got special dispensation to allow Nigel Owens to referee it. That's a lovely touch.

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    Kearnan Myall’s brave testimony must trigger profound cultural change in rugby

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/bl...y_to_clipboard

    An excellent piece. Well worth a read and relevant to many sports and careers.

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  • ursus arctos
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    Absolutely

    Though because he is occupying the exempt spot, he is not eligible for promotion to the team during this season (unlike the other members of the practice squad).

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    Can Wade have another go next season?

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    He didn’t make the 53-man roster, but the Bills put him on the practice squad. Normally the limit for the PS is 10, but there’s a special provision for international players so they can have 11 including him.

    Given his lack of experience, perhaps he’ll be ok with this for a while or maybe he could make more playing RU and will leave
    Last edited by Hot Pepsi; 01-09-2019, 21:46.

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  • Antepli Ejderha
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    No Rob Evans or Samson Lee, five props and Cubby Boi in the 31. Those were the shocks for me.

    Cory Hill going despite the fact he'll miss the first two games.

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