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Looks promising! The pack, especially.

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021

Boks will be relieved

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Murray-Farrell-who?

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Lawes was the best in the KOs. Easily.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

He won’t.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

He should!!!!!

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Lawes was probably the best in that final (and SF); he won’t be a Lion. Just an observation.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Gatland will make a huge mistake if he tries to out-Bok the Boks. Fortunately for Lions fans, he is smarter (at rugby) than EJ. Gats will pick a mobile pack, but with technical scrum props. Sinckler was struggling too.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Curry + Navidi + Faletau … would trouble SA more than trying to out-PSDT/Thor the Boks

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Ringrose or Jon Davies? Outside a Farrell @ 12? Finn @ 10?

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Two Boks went off at about the same time: Bongi and Lood. On came Marx! And what did England do afterwards? Hire the Bok pack coach. And play all of 2020 as a Bok team. Maybe in they head?!!! Lol

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Nicely drawn article, H-Lander. I watched EXE-BRI and laughed to see all the ensuing scrums go like clockwork. Also, the yellowed BRI prop stayed off. However, due to the need for props, Nathan Hughes types had to go off! 😂 Props punish an 8-man.

English rugby is leading us back to the light (no, really)

Faletau? I would pick him over Billy V. Also, Ryan and Furlong. Possibly a Welsh flank. Navidi a personal fave.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Navidi is a warrior

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

There is that. I agree. But assuming (1) the pack matchup are the same except Beast and Lawes; (2) Bok set piece will not be shabby; and (3) big ball carriers are injury-prone Vunipolas (plus Underhill), I think Gats might miss having a couple of fast Welsh loosies in form.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Liam Williams is probably the better choice. Nick is right. Especially in SA conditions. But my overall point is Wales is more difficult for Boks than England over the career of these SA players, and so their doldrums and injuries are a drag on Gatland.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Warren Gatland is one of the best Bok-beater coaches alive; the challenge for him is Ireland and Wales are in a bit of a drought, and there’s no clear 9-10-12 choice. The consequence is he may be forced to pick 11-12 English players who last faced SA in the RWC final, plus Hogg, Davies, Furlong, and Ryan. That’s not ideal. The Boks will have almost their whole team back, in toto, minus Beast and maybe Willie. But let’s all hope this happens. It’s a 5% chance, I think; and maybe in the UK.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

This was a damned fine essay.

The dangerous scrum behaviour rugby must work harder to outlaw

It was a joy to take in these words, arranged as they are, as if a scrum of nouns versus verbs, heaving and snorting with readability. More, MZ.

(Yes, a tram to the match in Clermont is a gluttonous rugby fantasia for inebriates).

The dangerous scrum behaviour rugby must work harder to outlaw

Jacques Vermuelen = Exeter’s Jacques Potgieter.

Exeter: From rugby obscurity to kings of Europe

Extremely local politics. Bok captain in 2020 could never survive this revelation. Probably not in England, either. Not sure in France or Ireland. Argentina is its own place and has its own mores. All fine. Not a big story. He is still skipper. Survived. Did a good apology. He won’t whine about it. Probably feels lucky.

Pablo Matera must do course to be Pumas captain

The word ‘viewership’ carries a nuance: the makeup (sliced and diced, as marketing desires) of the recurrent viewers of particular programming. ‘Audience’ can speak to that, or fan base, but viewership is more precise for the ad buyers.

Has rugby’s Melbourne experiment failed?

Go Munster! Watched CJ snaffle 3 turnovers and slow/foul much Clermont ball the other day. Plays his best for club. Coach isn’t bad. He was Meyer’s guru.

The rise again of Munster rugby

He will work hard.

Marinos appointed as Rugby Australia boss

Jonny May might just be the most improved back (and he was always good) in rugby over the last 3-4 seasons. Maniacal focus. Finisher of the highest quality. Speed that is real. Got lots of time for this fellow.

Dream XV 2020: Back three of the year