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 Post subject: The Rugby Thread
PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2003 9:52 pm 
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Well sports fans, The Rugby World Cup has rolled around on its 4 year cycle again.<br><br>This time being held in good old OZ, centering on Sydney.<br><br>Opening Ceremony - Friday night 10 Oct.<br><br>Followed by the first match : Australia v Argentina<br><br>[move][glow=gold,2,300]GO THE WALLABIES[/glow][/move]


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No doubt Scotland will leave deserving champions

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 Post subject: Re: The Rugby Thread
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[quote author=TheCentralScrutinizer link=board=general;num=1065599532;start=0#2 date=10/08/03 at 01:13:17]No doubt Scotland will leave deserving champions[/quote]<br>Leave Glasgow, you mean?


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[quote author=Uncle Bernie link=board=general;num=1065599532;start=0#3 date=10/08/03 at 02:49:18]<br>Leave Glasgow, you mean?[/quote]<br>heh talk is cheap uncle bernie

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 Post subject: Re: The Rugby Thread
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[glow=blue,1,300]Come on LITTLE ITALY!! Just do your best...I hope to score more than 3 points against the ALL BLACKS...[/glow]

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They'll do alright. They've got a good coach. I doubt they'll win though, Miz. Good luck to 'em anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: The Rugby Thread
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[quote author=Uncle Bernie link=board=general;num=1065599532;start=0#6 date=10/08/03 at 06:59:30]They'll do alright. They've got a good coach. I doubt they'll win though, Miz. Good luck to 'em anyway.[/quote]<br><br>...I know...It would be great to pass the first phase... :-/ :-/

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 Post subject: Re: The Rugby Thread
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yes, the jocks. latest i heard was this from david campesi in todays paper - <br><br>the jocks are a total mess - they approach seems to be based on a sevens game.<br><br>in fact perhaps a thread dedicated to mr gobshite campesi called - CAMPOS ENORMOUS MOUTH - could be justified for the next month or two.<br><br>err yes stride - somehow i think not - good luck anyhows.<br><br>mungo

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Massive Welcome For All Blacks <br>09/10/2003 08:17 AM <br>Marc Hinton <br>A huge crowd, a mass haka, a face-off among rival supporters -- and this was just the All Blacks' arrival for rugby's World Cup. <br><br>That was the emotional scene greeting New Zealand's finest as they stepped off the plane in Melbourne on Wednesday night. A crowd of over 1000 Kiwi fans lined the arrivals' hall to greet their heroes, a huge cheer erupting when the first player appeared. <br><br>All Blacks had to battle their way through the crowds to make their way on to the team bus and some appeared quite taken aback by the greeting. Almost all stopped to sign mementos and to chat with their admirers. <br><br>One group of Wallaby-tracksuited interlopers attempted to steal the show with a rendition of that old ditty Waltzing Matilda, but they were soon drowned out by a rousing haka that even had the brash Aussies nodding in admiration. <br><br> ...As th rapidly approaching RWC looms ,I'd like to extend best wishes to all concerned..<br>  And may the best team win...<br>  Good luck to all over the next 6 weeks<br><br>24 hours and counting       (argies 28- wobblies 16 )

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[quote author=stride link=board=general;num=1065599532;start=0#9 date=10/08/03 at 23:19:02] ...As th rapidly approaching RWC looms ,I'd like to extend best wishes to all concerned..<br>  And may the best team win...<br>  Good luck to all over the next 6 weeks<br><br>24 hours and counting       (argies 28- wobblies 16 )[/quote]<br>Agree with the above, except for the fantasy bit at the end.


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                              Image<br><br>                       Here it is..The Webb Ellis Trophy<br><br> 3.5 hours to kick off,hope y'all got th fridge stocked..<br><br> Myself ,I'm moving up to the top room for th interim<br><br>more>>An astute Kiwi punter has placed a massive bet on the All Blacks to win the Rugby World Cup which kicks off in Sydney on Friday night. <br><br>The punter late on Thursday put $100,000 on the All Blacks at odds of $2.30 to win the World Cup - the biggest bet of the year according to Alice Springs betting firm Centrebet

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[quote author=stride link=board=general;num=1065599532;start=0#11 date=10/09/03 at 22:39:54]                               Image<br><br>                       Here it is..The Webb Ellis Trophy<br>[/quote]<br>If you want to see it for real, you gotta come to OZ.<br><br>You want it? Well line up turkeys, coz WE GOT IT.


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[quote author=Uncle Bernie link=board=general;num=1065599532;start=0#12 date=10/09/03 at 23:18:35]<br>If you want to see it for real, you gotta come to OZ.<br><br>You want it? Well line up turkeys, coz WE GOT IT.[/quote]<br>or you could just wait a few weeks and see the trophy being paraded on edinburgh's princes street

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 Post subject: Re: The Rugby Thread
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Image<br><br>Australia  24         Argentina  8<br><br><br>A bit scratchy to start, but will improve.


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 Post subject: Re: The Rugby Thread
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scratchy is certainly one way to describe that performance bernie - you got turned over by em something like 25/5 and your scrum was geared like the proverbial italian tank ( 1 forward gear, 6 reverse gears ). england, NZ, SA, or france would have gobbled ya up. ill give wendal 10/10 though - got another 14 wendals ? <br><br>next up is NZ - ITALY in 9 hrs. ill set the video up.<br><br>mungo

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 Post subject: Re: The Rugby Thread
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I watched the first game, Australia v Argentina. Very disappointing. If Aussies play like this against England or NZ, they're going to have big problems.


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France: 61<br>Fidji: 18<br><br>Mungo, don't forget to post in the topic "in France"  ;D<br>


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All Blacks  (NZ)  70<br>Italy                    7<br><br><br><br>Ireland              45<br>Romania            17


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[quote author=dallas alice link=board=general;num=1065599532;start=15#15 date=10/10/03 at 12:43:16]... next up is NZ - ITALY in 9 hrs. ill set the video up.<br><br>mungo[/quote]<br><br>NZ: 70 points<br>Italy: 7 points  :P :P :P :P<br>


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South Africa     72<br>Uruguay            6<br><br><br><br>England     84<br>Georgia        6<br><br><br><br>Wales         41<br>Canada       10<br><br><br>Scotland       32<br>Japan           11


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[quote author=CheepnisAroma link=board=general;num=1065599532;start=15#19 date=10/11/03 at 18:48:36]<br><br>NZ: 70 points<br>Italy: 7 points  :P :P :P :P<br>[/quote]<br><br>Ok... I hoped for more than 3 points... ::) ::) So I'm pretty satisfied... :P :P and remember guys that we were 32-7 until 24 minutes to the end!!! 8) 8) After that someone tuned off the light... :-[ :-[<br><br>ciao

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[quote author=MIZZU link=board=general;num=1065599532;start=15#21 date=10/13/03 at 01:05:11]<br><br>Ok... I hoped for more than 3 points... ::) ::) So I'm pretty satisfied... :P :P and remember guys that we were 32-7 until 24 minutes to the end!!! 8) 8) After that someone tuned off the light... :-[ :-[<br>ciao[/quote]<br><br>England     84 <br>Georgia   6<br><br>It could be worse  ;)<br>


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i enjoyed the SCOTLAND - JAPAN game too, especially nice to see 3 aussies and 2 kiwis on the pitch - now, whats that all about ? italy too have at least one kiwi mercenary player on the payroll not to mention their coach mr.kirwin - WALES have a kiwi coach too. kiwis are to rugby what cannucks are to hockey see.<br>CANADA disappointed me -  i expected a bit more. <br><br>to date the teams to watch based on performance are NZ, FRANCE and ENGLAND. - i know the aussies are only warming up but then again - aint we all - quit yer whinging campo yer poofter ?<br><br>olivier magne got a richly deserved whack from the fijian wing ( yes the wing ! ) ( yes you frenchies - they really do hate you in the south pacific  ) and tana umaga seems likely out of the rest of the competition - thats a pity.<br><br>more shite soon<br><br>anyone wanna BET on ENGLAND vs THE BOKS next saturday ? ill bet on anything - margin, final score, first try or first to be sent off.<br><br>mungo

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this is a shitty situation - in addition many world class players from places like fiji cant afford to loose pay from their western clubs if they elect to play in this tournament. many more are poached by the likes of australia and NZ and givin citizinship if they take up nationality and play for em. <br> <br>  <br> Rugby chiefs vow to act over World Cup poverty gap <br>SYDNEY, Oct 13 (AFP) - Rugby's global governing body promised to help strengthen the sport's poor relations here Monday after a series of huge mismatches marred the Rugby World Cup.<br><br>Fiji, Italy, Georgia and Uruguay all received brutal beatings as the tournament's opening weekend confirmed fears that the chasm between rugby's haves and have-nots was widening.<br><br>The series of lopsided contests dominated newspaper coverage in Australia on Monday, with the problem facing the sport being analysed in depth. <br><br>"One-sided group stages set to be long month of boredom," was the headline in Sydney's Daily Telegraph, while The Australian said simply: "World in disunion."<br><br>The problems faced by rugby's poorer teams had dominated the build-up to the tournament, with many countries saying their best players were unable to get released from lucrative professional contracts.<br><br>The International Rugby Board (IRB) ruled out paying players compensation in lost wages for the tournament last week, even though the showpiece is expected to net record profits in excess of 50 million pounds (83 million dollars).<br><br>But the IRB's chief executive Mike Miller promised Monday that the Dublin-based body was determined to act to help broaden the number of teams who could be competitive at the highest level.<br><br>Second-tier countries like Argentina, Italy, Japan and Canada would be targeted for fast-track assistance, Miller said.<br><br>"Over the past four years or so what we've been doing is trying to get more nations playing rugby," Miller said. "We've done that as we now have 96 members of the IRB.<br><br>"Over the next four to eight years we have to go with a slightly different approach -- we need to begin to target our money more strategically.<br><br>"We need to bring the next five or six nations to a similar standard to the top five or six. If we can do that we won't see as many of these lop-sided scores."<br><br>Rugby is dominated by a big five of England, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and France, with the likes of Ireland, Wales and Scotland just behind.<br><br>But the teams in the tier below, such as the Pacific islanders and the likes of Canada, USA, Argentina and Italy are struggling to be competitive -- and are now going to be targeted for special help by the IRB.<br><br>Miller warned however there was no quick-fix.<br><br>"It's going to take time. Soccer took 40 or 50 years to get the position it's at now where the World Cup is more competitive," Miller said.<br><br>"We've been professional only eight years but we would like to get to the point where 10 to 12 teams could win the Rugby World Cup - I think we can get there in time."<br><br>Miller said the key to the sport's development was professional leagues.<br><br>"If you look at the way soccer has developed, you've got the big leagues in Europe where all the money is and you've got players coming in from all over the world.<br><br>"If you look at the improvement of the smaller sides in soccer over the past four or five years it's because they now have players in the (English) premier league, Italy or France.<br><br>"Some nations are talent exporters and some are talent importers." <br><br>Miller insisted the IRB was not too concerned about the scorelines that had disfigured the weekend's games.<br><br>"There have always been big scores in the Rugby World Cup - you'd like there to be more competitive scorelines but if you look at the matches themselves they were very competitive and if you asked the big teams, they knew they'd been in a match."<br><br>The eight games over the first weekend were won by Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa from the southern hemisphere, with France, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland all posting wins.<br><br>Even though none of the beatings were on the scale of the all-time record -- New Zealand's 145-17 victory over Japan in 1995 - New Zealand, France, England and South Africa all racked up more than 60 points.<br> <br> mungo

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