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Post by tigertattie on Fri 02 Aug 2019, 10:43 am

First topic message reminder :

We're getting there folks. Less that 50 days to go til lthe big event.

Here's a place to talk about all things world cup as we lead into this most spectacular of events.

https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/

Full fixture list
https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/matches

Teams that are going
https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/teams

Pools:

Pool A

Ireland
Scotland
Japan (Hosts)
Russia
Samoa

Pool B

New Zealand (3x cup holders) Reigning champs
South Africa (2x cup holders)
Italy
Namibia
Canada

Pool C

England (1x cup holders)
France
Argentina
USA
Tonga

Pool D

Australia (2x cup holders)
Wales
Georgia
Fiji
Uruguay


Who do you think has the best chance?
Who will provide this competition's upset?
What pool will see the biggest fight for qualification?
Which of the non seeded teams are looking like they could do well?
Who has the current momentum going into the W/C?


I can't wait. If I could have swung it, I'd have gone over for it.

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Post by Collapse2005 on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 1:52 pm

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If anyone comes through Tokyo, drop me a message, and I'll see if I can hook up.

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I really enjoyed exploring the weird and wonderful neighborhoods of Shinjuku, Shibuya and Akihabara. Didnt like Roppongi hills much but maybe I went to the wrong places. My favorite places in Japan were Kyoto, Miyajima island and the Japanese Alps near Takayama. The nature in Japan is unreal.

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Post by TightHEAD on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 2:17 pm

Just like to wish everyone a happy and enjoyable RWC.

Yes there will be Highs and Lows, but lets all just get on and enjoy the game we all love.

Let the Banter flow. Wink
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Post by The Oracle on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:01 pm

I’d like to see the game played in a typhoon. It’s on outdoor sport after all. Should be open to the elements. Down with stadium roofs!
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Post by The Oracle on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:03 pm

P.s. I tried to type ‘rooves’ but the spell thing didn’t like it. Could have sworn it was a word?! But it doesn’t look right. So why hoof and hooves but not roof and rooves???

More RWC trivia!
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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:18 pm

Google gives me:


Rooves as a plural for of roof is dated, but not incorrect. The Oxford English Dictionary lists “rooves” as an alternate to roofs, one of several outdated spellings used in the UK, and in New England as late as the 19th century.

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:24 pm

1. Four players have scored three or more drop-goals in a World Cup match, who?
2. Three forwards have kicked World Cup drop-goals, who?
3. Six players have achieved a full house (try, conversion, penalty goal and drop-goal) in a World Cup match, who?

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Post by Old Man on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:27 pm

Jannie de Beer
Johnny Wilkinson
Juan Martin Hernandis

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Post by Old Man on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:28 pm

Zinzan Brooke?

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Post by BamBam on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:28 pm

1. Jannie De Beer, Wilko, Juan Hernandez are 3, no idea on the 4th
2. Zinzan Brooke
3. No idea

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Post by BamBam on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:29 pm

Great minds Old Man, great minds

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:29 pm

Old Man wrote:Jannie de Beer
Johnny Wilkinson
Juan Martin Hernandis

Correct - 4th is very obscure.

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:30 pm

And yes to Zinzan

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:30 pm

Is Rob Andrew the fourth for question 1?

EDIT: if it's obscure, I'll take a punt with Gareth Rees for Canada?


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Post by BamBam on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:31 pm

John Eales for number 2?

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:31 pm

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:Is Rob Andrew the fourth for question 1?
Nope. TBH if anyone gets it without looking it up, my gast will be flabbered.

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Post by BamBam on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:32 pm

Martin Williams is another guess for number 2

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Post by Old Man on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:32 pm

Matt Dunning?

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:32 pm

BamBam wrote:John Eales for number 2?
Penalty goal yes, drop goal no.

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:33 pm

BamBam wrote:Martin Williams is another guess for number 2

Yup. As with the other drop goal question the remaining name is very obscure.

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Post by Collapse2005 on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:34 pm

Keith Wood kicked a drop goal I think.


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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:35 pm

For the full house, I know Christophe Lamaison did in 1999 against the All Blacks.

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Post by Old Man on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:36 pm

For question 3 Joel Stransky, no idea who else, would guess Wilkinson maybe?

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:38 pm

Lamaison and Stransky both correct.

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:46 pm

LondonTiger wrote:
Luckless Pedestrian wrote:Is Rob Andrew the fourth for question 1?
Nope. TBH if anyone gets it without looking it up, my gast will be flabbered.

Was I right with Gareth Rees?

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Post by rodders on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:46 pm

Andrew Mertens for no 3?
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Post by tigertattie on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:48 pm

LondonTiger wrote:1. Four players have scored three or more drop-goals in a World Cup match, who?
2. Three forwards have kicked World Cup drop-goals, who?
3. Six players have achieved a full house (try, conversion, penalty goal and drop-goal) in a World Cup match, who?


all in the one match???
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Post by rodders on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 3:56 pm

LondonTiger wrote:
Luckless Pedestrian wrote:Is Rob Andrew the fourth for question 1?
Nope. TBH if anyone gets it without looking it up, my gast will be flabbered.

Arwel Thomas?
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Post by robbo277 on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 4:10 pm

tigertattie wrote:
LondonTiger wrote:1. Four players have scored three or more drop-goals in a World Cup match, who?
2. Three forwards have kicked World Cup drop-goals, who?
3. Six players have achieved a full house (try, conversion, penalty goal and drop-goal) in a World Cup match, who?

all in the one match???

Yep, I believe so.

Did Sanchez do it at the last world cup or did I make that up? Foley against England? Although I'm not sure he got a drop. Definitely scored a try and a load of points.


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Post by Collapse2005 on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 4:11 pm

I remember Tony Brown had a field day of points scoring for the ABs at one RWC. Is he one?

Or Diego Dominguez? Henry Honiball?

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Post by Collapse2005 on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 4:22 pm

Sateki Tuipulotu

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Post by Collapse2005 on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 4:27 pm

Freddie Michelak

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Post by Collapse2005 on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 4:28 pm

Derick Hougaard

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Post by TightHEAD on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 4:37 pm

On the eve of the tournament a lot of pundits and journalist are talking about the humid conditions, not too long ago I was continuously shot down when I mentioned the conditions. Apparently it wasn't a issue!

Gatland is using baby oil on his balls to simulate the greasy conditions.

Looks like you were wrong folks.

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 4:40 pm

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Post by Collapse2005 on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 4:40 pm

Looks more likely for there to be torrential rain on the weekend than hot and humid conditions.

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Post by LondonTiger on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 4:41 pm

TightHEAD wrote:On the eve of the tournament a lot of pundits and journalist are talking about the humid conditions, not too long ago I was continuously shot down when I mentioned the conditions. Apparently it wasn't a issue!

Gatland is using baby oil on his balls to simulate the greasy conditions.

Looks like you were wrong folks.

Whistle

From memory, one person disagreed with you, mainly to do with the temperature rather than humidity too.

But if it makes you feel better, you can have a star to put on your sticker wall Wink

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Post by Collapse2005 on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 4:45 pm

Konstantin Rachkov of Russia almost did it against Australia. He scored a drop goal, a try and two conversions but no penalties.

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Post by hugehandoff on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 4:52 pm

On the eve of the RWC 2019 I just want to wish all teams the best of luck and fingers crossed Fingers Crossed Fingers Crossed Fingers Crossed Fingers Crossed that all players maintain good health. Of course there will sadly be injuries, but may they be at an absolute minimum. This is the stage for the world's best to strut their stuff and we want them playing and not injured in the stands or already at home.

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Post by The Oracle on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 5:36 pm

LondonTiger wrote:
TightHEAD wrote:On the eve of the tournament a lot of pundits and journalist are talking about the humid conditions, not too long ago I was continuously shot down when I mentioned the conditions. Apparently it wasn't a issue!

Gatland is using baby oil on his balls to simulate the greasy conditions.

Looks like you were wrong folks.

Whistle

From memory, one person disagreed with you, mainly to do with the temperature rather than humidity too.

But if it makes you feel better, you can have a star to put on your sticker wall Wink


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Post by The Oracle on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 5:39 pm

Yes, good luck all! I know we often disagree about lots and argue about the craziest things and most minute of details sometimes. And we’ll argue during this World Cup I’m sure (TMO decision for a wales match - look out!). But we’re all here as rugby lovers and I’d like to wish you all the best of luck for a cracking tournament.

May the best Wales win!
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Post by Pal Joey on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 11:40 pm

My brother just bumped into Robbie Deans at the airport.

It's all happening folks! Very Happy
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Post by Rugby Fan on Thu 19 Sep 2019, 11:58 pm

Eye of the typhoon now predicted to pass over Kyushu and the Sea of Japan. Most of the country will just get wet rather than battered.

https://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/

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Post by tigertattie on Fri 20 Sep 2019, 12:04 am

Best of luck to all the teams at the World Cup.

Except Ireland, Japan, Samoa and Russia

And New Zealand, South Africa, England, Wales, Australia ...........
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Post by Old Man on Fri 20 Sep 2019, 5:46 am

Good luck to all teams that don’t face SA. Cool

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Post by TightHEAD on Fri 20 Sep 2019, 9:39 am

Lets hope the team that eventually triumphs is playing an exciting brand of rugby to watch and not the dross served up by some teams who have hit the World rugby's No1 spot over recent weeks. kiss


While I can understand why someone may view this as a WUM, it is really pretty mild, does not target anyone specifically (and we all know England kick a lot) and light hearted and perhaps saved by the emoji. 


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Post by Gooseberry on Fri 20 Sep 2019, 9:49 am

Rugby Fan wrote:Eye of the typhoon now predicted to pass over Kyushu and the Sea of Japan. Most of the country will just get wet rather than battered.

https://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/


First time the Glasgow players have ever been happy about something not being battered

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Post by Galted on Fri 20 Sep 2019, 10:11 am

Gooseberry wrote:
Rugby Fan wrote:Eye of the typhoon now predicted to pass over Kyushu and the Sea of Japan. Most of the country will just get wet rather than battered.

https://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/


First time the Glasgow players have ever been happy about something not being battered

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Post by SecretFly on Fri 20 Sep 2019, 11:04 am

I know the critics are out there and pressure will grow and grow to 'grow' the game away from the 'exclusivity' of the historic Tier 1 Nations, but there is something to be said about how tight the World Rugby Tournament is as an Event.  Little excess baggage, a collection of Nations that can be gone through in a a few short minutes at the opening ceremony.  
None of the outrageous out-of-control circus schmaltz and endless flag waving, multi-billion dollar extravaganzas like the Olympics.  Just a tight contest with a small circle of the best sides in the World coming together to decide who gets a crown for four years.

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Post by bsando on Fri 20 Sep 2019, 11:14 am

SecretFly wrote:I know the critics are out there and pressure will grow and grow to 'grow' the game away from the 'exclusivity' of the historic Tier 1 Nations, but there is something to be said about how tight the World Rugby Tournament is as an Event.  Little excess baggage, a collection of Nations that can be gone through in a a few short minutes at the opening ceremony.  
None of the outrageous out-of-control circus schmaltz and endless flag waving, multi-billion dollar extravaganzas like the Olympics.  Just a tight contest with a small circle of the best sides in the World coming together to decide who gets a crown for four years.

I think it would be nice to see that evolve of course, in a positive way. Getting the Tier 2 nations up to the standard of the Tier 1 nations would be a big help for the game and I think that will happen in Japan, USA, Italy and hopefully the Islands. Then getting more Tier 3 nations to a similar standard as Georgia and Italy would really create a more competitive tournament. I hope by 2027 RWC we have a more competitive 20 sides fighting it out and some new countries involved like Germany for example.

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Post by Gooseberry on Fri 20 Sep 2019, 11:21 am

bsando wrote:
SecretFly wrote:I know the critics are out there and pressure will grow and grow to 'grow' the game away from the 'exclusivity' of the historic Tier 1 Nations, but there is something to be said about how tight the World Rugby Tournament is as an Event.  Little excess baggage, a collection of Nations that can be gone through in a a few short minutes at the opening ceremony.  
None of the outrageous out-of-control circus schmaltz and endless flag waving, multi-billion dollar extravaganzas like the Olympics.  Just a tight contest with a small circle of the best sides in the World coming together to decide who gets a crown for four years.

I think it would be nice to see that evolve of course, in a positive way. Getting the Tier 2 nations up to the standard of the Tier 1 nations would be a big help for the game and I think that will happen in Japan, USA, Italy and hopefully the Islands. Then getting more Tier 3 nations to a similar standard as Georgia and Italy would really create a more competitive tournament. I hope by 2027 RWC we have a more competitive 20 sides fighting it out and some new countries involved like Germany for example.


On the plus side Italy are getting to the standard of Tonga etc.

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