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by Ruckedtobits
August 7th, 2022, 8:39 am
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Rugby Championship 2022
Replies: 33
Views: 932

Re: Rugby Championship 2022

At one level, it could be argued that the decision by NZRFU, with agreement from it's Provincial Unions, to sell c. 6% of the equity to US firm Silver Lake for approx US$137m looks like an inspired transaction. You own a unique asset which has had an unknown value, but an extraordinary reputation, f...
by Ruckedtobits
August 6th, 2022, 6:10 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Rugby Championship 2022
Replies: 33
Views: 932

Re: Rugby Championship 2022

Anybody who expected any innovation will be disappointed. S Africa still have a strong line-out, maul & scrum. Their defence is highly efficient and they compete very well for kicks. Report ends.

Nothing to see here. But question must asked why referee allows so many breaks for minor SA injuries?
by Ruckedtobits
August 6th, 2022, 4:42 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Rugby Championship 2022
Replies: 33
Views: 932

Re: Rugby Championship 2022

What an appalling referee is Gardner, yet again. Players lying offside at breakdown; hands on ground by poacher; catcher been taken out in the air; each offense clear but ignored. Total "homer".

Certainly don't expect anything but 'Boks win.
by Ruckedtobits
August 5th, 2022, 8:21 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Tour to NZ 2022
Replies: 1564
Views: 67783

Re: Tour to NZ 2022

South African team for tomorrow's game against NZ has a very familiar look. It should certainly give us a good benchmark as to what level NZ are in World terms: https://www.espn.co.uk/rugby/lineups?gameId=595482&league=244293 Certainly looks to me as if Joe pointed the finger at the front five. ...
by Ruckedtobits
August 4th, 2022, 9:28 am
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Andy Farell's Reign of Terror
Replies: 242
Views: 35354

Re: Andy Farell's Reign of Terror

We don't know how coaches renumeration is structured. Every coach up to now may well have had incentives related to progress in the world Cup. But presumably if the irfu are going to have financial incentives in the contract, the main ones will be related to financial success, ie doing well in the ...
by Ruckedtobits
August 2nd, 2022, 8:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Friday's rant
Replies: 8641
Views: 330997

Re: Friday's rant

Women's football; women's soccer; All Ireland's both over before the end of July; NZ rugby in shreds; Leinster season still 6 weeks away. The world is in chaos.

What are supposed to do in August?
by Ruckedtobits
August 1st, 2022, 6:21 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Rugby on the Box
Replies: 320
Views: 44720

Re: Rugby on the Box

Excellent info @neil_m
by Ruckedtobits
August 1st, 2022, 6:19 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Steve Thompson not very well at all
Replies: 22
Views: 1470

Re: Steve Thompson not very well at all

I don't believe it's appropriate to comment on any individual player as:
a) I'm not a Medical specialist in the field; and
b) the medical history has not been released to the public.
by Ruckedtobits
July 30th, 2022, 9:52 am
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Tour to NZ 2022
Replies: 1564
Views: 67783

Re: Tour to NZ 2022

Probably the lowest profile member of the Irish Tour Party who appeared during each Test Match, his role is uncertain outside the close-knit Squad and coaching group. His CV makes fascinating reading and he has certainly got plenty of stars in his copybook along the way. Given the various elements o...
by Ruckedtobits
July 29th, 2022, 6:10 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: New CEO - Shane Nolan
Replies: 17
Views: 1763

Re: New CEO - Shane Nolan

Well said wixfjord. I for one am delighted to see that this appointment is one that technically is coming from outside Dublin and more representative of the 12 counties approach. Being part of Navan RFC he would have a great appreciation for the diversity that the game has with under age, womens ru...
by Ruckedtobits
July 29th, 2022, 1:52 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Andy Farell's Reign of Terror
Replies: 242
Views: 35354

Re: Andy Farell's Reign of Terror

The IRFU will advise delegates at its Annual Council Meeting later today (Friday 29th July) that Ireland Men’s Head Coach, Andy Farrell, has signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain in his position until at least August 2025. In his address to Council Kevin Potts, Chief Executi...
by Ruckedtobits
July 29th, 2022, 1:29 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Tour to NZ 2022
Replies: 1564
Views: 67783

Re: Tour to NZ 2022

6 days after we beat NZ in a Test Series in NZ and the subject is already dropping deep in the "Active Topic" list. Still the greatest rugby achievement for an Irish team.
by Ruckedtobits
July 29th, 2022, 8:19 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: New CEO - Shane Nolan
Replies: 17
Views: 1763

Re: New CEO - Shane Nolan

Disappointed by this announcement which smells of "Committee Decision". The management speak accompanying this announcement give little real information about his suitability for the job. Leinster Rugby needed a dramatic reorganisation after Mick Dawson, who grew the role as he grew into t...
by Ruckedtobits
July 28th, 2022, 1:48 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Tour to NZ 2022
Replies: 1564
Views: 67783

Re: Tour to NZ 2022

Lots of headlines about a Steve Hanson interview of NZ TV overnight. Haven't been able to access the actual broadcast but here's coverage of the headlines: https://www.the42.ie/steve-hansen-new-zealand-board-5827768-Jul2022/ https://youtu.be/_muEuxEjqfk He makes a good point about the NZ u20s. They...
by Ruckedtobits
July 28th, 2022, 8:57 am
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Tour to NZ 2022
Replies: 1564
Views: 67783

Re: Tour to NZ 2022

Lots of headlines about a Steve Hanson interview of NZ TV overnight. Haven't been able to access the actual broadcast but here's coverage of the headlines:

https://www.the42.ie/steve-hansen-new-z ... 8-Jul2022/
by Ruckedtobits
July 25th, 2022, 9:47 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: RWC 2023: Ireland
Replies: 742
Views: 58848

Re: RWC 2023: Ireland

Anybody surmising about any future Irish selection between now and the announcement of our panel for RWC2023 should probably discount (maybe by 15 -20%) the selection prospects for anyone -other than Kelleher & Henderson - of those that weren't on this Tour. The universal acclaim for the collegi...
by Ruckedtobits
July 25th, 2022, 5:02 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Tour to NZ 2022
Replies: 1564
Views: 67783

Re: Tour to NZ 2022

I listened to the Molecast at lunchtime. It was the one from the morning of the Maori game. They really should be getting a wider audience as the provide more insight into Irish rugby than the talking heads on the other podcasts that are floating around. Then again, they would have to dop the "...
by Ruckedtobits
July 24th, 2022, 1:45 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Tour to NZ 2022
Replies: 1564
Views: 67783

Re: Tour to NZ 2022

So Foster & Joe dump Plumtree and Maoor from the coaching ticket and bring in Jason Ryan from Crusaders as Forwards Coach. A bit of a poisoned chalice to be appointed Forwards Coach heading to SA for two games in a row v the 'Boks. NZRFU have a lot of pressure on them and really need these deci...
by Ruckedtobits
July 24th, 2022, 12:27 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Tour to NZ 2022
Replies: 1564
Views: 67783

Re: Tour to NZ 2022

So Foster & Joe dump Plumtree and Maoor from the coaching ticket and bring in Jason Ryan from Crusaders as Forwards Coach. A bit of a poisoned chalice to be appointed Forwards Coach heading to SA for two games in a row v the 'Boks. NZRFU have a lot of pressure on them and really need these decis...
by Ruckedtobits
July 24th, 2022, 12:17 pm
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: European Champions Cup [Most Improved]
Replies: 970
Views: 74406

Re: European Champions Cup [Most Improved]

Even with a Lions schedule, SH Unions depend on NH audiences and their share of TV rights. Everybody else should take note and properly assess any proposal which includes SH teams, Club or Country.