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Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




It's always been a bit of an open secret that the French director is always dodgy. When commentators are mentioning it during games, you know there's always something to it.

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HappyCamperGL
May 18, 2014



Former Italy player and Scotland coach Massimo Cuttitta has passed away from Covid-19. Just 54 years old. Rip.

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




That's a huge pity, from what I hear, everyone loved the big man.

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




Lions coaches have been announced.
Attack - Gregor Townsend
Defence - Steve Tandy
Forwards - Robin McBryde
Kicking Specialist - Neil Jenkins

So that's Scotland's quota of representation filled.

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




The Pro14/16/∞ Rainbow Cup has now been split into two tournaments, one in the UK and Ireland and one in South Africa, after the South African sides were denied entry to the UK. There will be no cross hemisphere games.

10/10 planning.

Plucky Brit
Nov 7, 2009

Swing low, sweet chariot


... So the South African teams just play each other?

MyChemicalImbalance
Sep 15, 2007

Keep on smilin'





Plucky Brit posted:

... So the South African teams just play each other?

Yeah it's very exciting

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




Yup. Pro14 organisation is such a shitshow.

MyChemicalImbalance
Sep 15, 2007

Keep on smilin'





Connacht used a captains challenge on the 80th minute, overturned the decision and then scored a great try to come back and win against Ulster.

Rainbow Cup delivers something!

HappyCamperGL
May 18, 2014



What's a captains challenge when it's at home?

Aramoro
Jun 1, 2012






HappyCamperGL posted:

What's a captains challenge when it's at home?

Each captain gets the right to challenge one decision a match which then goes to the TMO to review. A bit like in Cricket.

goatface
Dec 5, 2007

I had a video of that when I was about 6.

I remember it being shit.




Grimey Drawer

The Women's 6N final thing they've done this year is a loving weird game. It's dry, it's mild, it's calm, it's a decent looking pitch. It's nearly half time and they're 0-0.

e - England finally barged over the line. Last play of the half.

goatface
Dec 5, 2007

I had a video of that when I was about 6.

I remember it being shit.




Grimey Drawer

Ugly game of rugby, that.

CyberPingu
Sep 15, 2013


Jesus Glasgow got loving smashed by Treviso

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




Glasgow have been dogshit all season but Benetton were by far the better side all game. Cannone and Garbisi were outstanding.

fallingdownjoe
Mar 16, 2007

Please love me


Northís hosed his knee, so thatís a Lions spot opened up

Tyma
Dec 22, 2004

Chwyldro Dawnsio Dawns


I like how every match now ends with a game of Lucky Guess :

* Winning team scores a try, or kicks the ball into touch

* Losing team's captain complains to the referee, and gets to play Lucky Guess,, where he has to think of some sort of obscure rule that could conceivably have been broken, in the last 30 seconds.

* Referee and TMO both watch footage of the last 30 seconds of the game, while laughing at the absurdity of the captain's Lucky Guess.

I haven't seen a captain win at Lucky Guess so far this weekend, but I've now seen two captains unsuccessfully complain about something that isn't actually a rule, and the referee going "well that's not actually a rule. How about we check for obstruction, instead?"

Tyma
Dec 22, 2004

Chwyldro Dawnsio Dawns


Oh, also RIP Dan Biggar.

He died tackling Nemani Nadolo.

goatface
Dec 5, 2007

I had a video of that when I was about 6.

I remember it being shit.




Grimey Drawer

fallingdownjoe posted:

North’s hosed his knee, so that’s a Lions spot opened up

ACL rupture. That's normally a long one.

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




Yeah, said he needs surgery. That's a huge shame, he was most likely going to be touring and in a good place to start at 13.

E: In other news, Tommy Seymour retires from rugby. Hell of a career for a lad from Nashville.

MyChemicalImbalance
Sep 15, 2007

Keep on smilin'





Launchbury did an ACL as well, probably would've been on the fringes of a Lions squad but it's still a lovely old time of the season to catch any sort of injury.

Gutted for North, reckon he could've pushed for a Test spot.

goatface
Dec 5, 2007

I had a video of that when I was about 6.

I remember it being shit.




Grimey Drawer

ACLs are a hell of a thing when they go, big range of damage as well. It could "only" be a few stitches to tighten it back up, it might be a full through-bone implant job.

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




Yeah, having blown a couple of ligaments in my knee before, it's the absolute worst and my knees are still knackered even after recovery.

Vagabundo
Mar 20, 2007

Ya like Little Wayne?


Everyone's favourite Argentine racist has just signed with the Crusaders for the 2022 season.

Jono C
Mar 28, 2007

Adam is a wonderful example of how a player should go about his business in the NRL


Christchurch is the perfect place for him really.

goatface
Dec 5, 2007

I had a video of that when I was about 6.

I remember it being shit.




Grimey Drawer

Ben Youngs has rejected a spot on the Lions tour.

HappyCamperGL
May 18, 2014



His wife is expecting and he doesn't want to be away. Didn't he withdraw four years ago as well?

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




Yeah, his sister in law had cancer so, absolutely rightly and understandably, wanted to spend time with his family.

Vaders Jester fucked around with this message at 16:36 on May 2, 2021

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




So, who's looking forward to Danny "hasn't played test rugby in two years" Care getting a wee holiday with the Lions? Or the barely mobile husk that is Manu Tuilagi? Lions selections are always the weirdest things.

sleep with the vicious
Apr 2, 2010


Vaders Jester posted:

So, who's looking forward to Danny "hasn't played test rugby in two years" Care getting a wee holiday with the Lions? Or the barely mobile husk that is Manu Tuilagi? Lions selections are always the weirdest things.

If manu is "healthy" he will definitely go. Any significant leaks yet? I cannot picture anything really crazy in the picks, maybe an uproar over Finn Russell but I bet he goes and then doesn't make the test team

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




Only Youngs pulling out so far. The BBC are desperate for Marcus Smith, Danny Care, and Manu to go but I think it's a long shot for either of them. Finn will probably go but he's going to have to prove he's worth a bench spot over Farrell or Biggar and that could be tough for him if he doesn't find form.

Vagabundo
Mar 20, 2007

Ya like Little Wayne?


A fully fit Manu Tuilagi will probably be on the plane, and Marcus Smith being part of the mid-weekers isn't too far-fetched. poo poo, an uncapped player being a Lion before playing test rugby for their nation isn't exactly unprecedented - Will Greenwood, IIRC, is the most recent example.

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




Smith going wouldn't be the biggest shock in the world and uncapped players is a bit of a tradition but shredding Worcester is a little different from getting banged up by the Sharks and the Bulls, never mind maybe making it to playing SA. If Smith does go, it's a huge kick in the teeth for Ford who I think is a better 10 *at this point in time*.

E: What I most look forward to is the inevitable no Scots/less English players and the absolute frenzy on rugby forums for the next few months.

Vaders Jester fucked around with this message at 11:18 on May 5, 2021

MyChemicalImbalance
Sep 15, 2007

Keep on smilin'





I honestly think Gatland will go very conservative here with alot of guys who have toured before getting another go, with the prospect of players being in bubbles for the whole tour the "good tourist" badge might mean a bit more this time.

Could see Manu going now, there haven't been many centres putting their hands up and with North out I could see Tuilagi push for a Test spot.

Still, looking forward to seething over my lunch tomorrow when John Cooney isn't picked, especially since Gatland opened the door to non-Test players in the squad

goatface
Dec 5, 2007

I had a video of that when I was about 6.

I remember it being shit.




Grimey Drawer

I foresee 4 (+/-1) Scotsmen. I don't think he'd dare go below 3, I don't think he'll pick more than 5 unless he really decides to throw the dice and pick a whole bunch of <10 cap players.

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




Yeah, Scots in with a good shout are Hogg, Watson, Russell, Price, Duhan VDM. Then you have the outsiders/injury cover like J Gray, Harris, Sutherland, Fagerson, Turner, Ritchie who probably aren't in the initial squad but are on call for when injuries happen, especially with the smaller numbers going. With Townsend and Tandy in the coaching setup, I think the 50/50 Scots have a better chance of making it.

Cooney missing out will be tough, not sure what he needs to do to get into the Irish squad, never mind the Lions.

Vaders Jester fucked around with this message at 16:56 on May 5, 2021

Tyma
Dec 22, 2004

Chwyldro Dawnsio Dawns


MyChemicalImbalance posted:

with the prospect of players being in bubbles for the whole tour the "good tourist" badge might mean a bit more this time.

There is so much money tied up in this tour that Finn Russell and Danny Care would have to be kept under 24/7 surveillance by armed guard, to make sure they don't sneak off drinking, break some sort of local law, and jeopardise millions of pounds in sponsorship deals.

But that's a moot point, because there's no loving way Finn Russell and Danny Care are going to South Africa.

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




Tyma posted:

There is so much money tied up in this tour that Finn Russell and Danny Care would have to be kept under 24/7 surveillance by armed guard, to make sure they don't sneak off drinking, break some sort of local law, and jeopardise millions of pounds in sponsorship deals.

But that's a moot point, because there's no loving way Finn Russell and Danny Care are going to South Africa.

This lack of loyalty for Finn after you gave him the shout out on live radio is saddening.

Aramoro
Jun 1, 2012






Vagabundo posted:

A fully fit Manu Tuilagi will probably be on the plane, and Marcus Smith being part of the mid-weekers isn't too far-fetched. poo poo, an uncapped player being a Lion before playing test rugby for their nation isn't exactly unprecedented - Will Greenwood, IIRC, is the most recent example.

Manu Tuilagi might be technically fit but he's still played no rugby for months now. I would say for centres putting their hands up Chris Harris has done.

Marcus Smith is fun to watch and if I was going to pick a wildcard 10 it would be him or Danny Cipriani.

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sleep with the vicious
Apr 2, 2010


Well rumor is that Elliot Daly and Sam Simmonds are in, which makes my "no surprises" comment pretty wrong

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