For such a big rugby country, Ireland have a mediocre World Cup record.
They've never won a knock-out match and they've never won a game from more than 3 points down.
Proper bottle jobs. I said it before the tournament that they wouldn't be a factor because they, like Wales, rely on their home stadium and fans too much. The neutrality of the World Cup always finds them out.
What are the main challenges facing the new government? You mean apart from a total lack of political nous and knowledge of the real world? The central problem is the lack of true radicalism. When this country was great, we didn't have the welfare state, a National Health Service or free education. What we did have was an empire, no income tax and a fucking big navy. You don't need a PhD to work it out, do you?
I didn't really want either side to win, but I wanted the Welsh to lose more than the Aussies. Good game but depressing result with the Welsh hanging on for the win !
My part of Wales was particularly quiet today. Made shopping in the local Coop in Tywyn almost a joyous experience. Had the place to myself. I find myself agreeing with your sentiments above. 😉🏉🏴
Post by DeesideStokie on Sept 30, 2019 12:10:46 GMT
Scotland currently closing in on a victory over Samoa - latest score 27-0
Telegraph report today
The French Rugby Federation (FFR) has been left red-faced after announcing the call-up of an injured player to its Rugby World Cup squad.
The FFR initially announced on Sunday morning that La Rochelle tighthead prop Uini Atonio would be joining the squad as an injury replacement for Demba Bamba, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury.
(I thought it said Demba Ba just for a minute, so it would have to have been a knee injury wouldn't it ?)
But French administrators quickly discovered that 32-cap Atonio suffered a neck injury during La Rochelle's loss to Bayonne on Saturday, and would not be fit to take part in France's attempt to qualify from Pool C.
Eddie's picked a strong team to play the Argies tomorrow.
England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 1 Joe Marler, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 George Kruis, 6 Tom Curry, 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Billy Vunipola.
Finishers: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Jack Nowell.
It took some time for England to get going with the Argies really committed early on. The sending off helped and we now look comfortable but really somewhat unconvincing. Lots of errors, handling errors, and inexplicably Owen Farrell has missed all 4 kicks so far. We really need to up our game in the competition from now on or we won't make it past the quarter final.