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Derm McCrum

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The 6N doesn’t hold the reins of power. Rarely, if ever, will you find the six nations acting/voting as one on issues.

Rugby needs globalism, not traditionalism, to reach its potential

Lovely, lovely piece of writing, Harry.

Thank you.

Are these Wallabies moral enough to win the World Cup?

“An assumption here is media and public interest, plus therefore money usually funnelled to International Tier 1 rugby would be redirected to club and provincial leagues. And those leagues having the freedom to pay talent, regardless of nationality accordingly.”

Money usually funnelled to international Tier 1 rugby comes from from TV deals, sponsors, businesses, gate receipts, merchandising that pays the salaries of the test coaching team, and the players, plus the match costs. A substantial portion is then to paid to clubs and provincial leagues who are also in receipt of TV deals, sponsors, business support, gate receipts and merchandising but on a lesser scale.

I’m not quite sure what the author is arguing should change. With the exception of England and France, the unions own the clubs or heavily finance them. Without the union monies, most of the clubs would fold financially, with possibly a few exceptions in France.

The contest for the future of the game remains between rugby unions and private club owners i.e. club owners in France and England vs the Rest of the World. It’s not the UK vs the Southern Hemisphere, it’s not the Northern Hemisphere vs SANZAAR, and Japan in the mix somewhere.

85-90% of SH-born players are playing in the professional clubs in England, France, and Japan.

Rugby needs globalism, not traditionalism, to reach its potential

Yes, Carbery injured and Leavy still making his way back from a few months layoff. Maybe he’ll be right for end of season playoffs and finals series in April/May.

Seven talking points from Six Nations Round 4

Hey Mzilikasi

Glad to see you caught the France game. A slight improvement by the team but nothing to be shouting from the rooftops. Good well-worked tries but the raft of changes in the second half prevented any foot being put on the French. Midfield is still a hit and miss and Ringrose needs Henshaw alongside him to make the gears really mesh smoothly or even Farrell who can make some hard yards that Aki seems to struggle with. Larmour did ok at 15 but his defensive positioning needs more work that only more games will fix. Earls as lively as ever. On matches so far, it certainly looks like Toner, Ryan, Henderson, and Dillane are the ones for the RWC with Beirne an extra asset for both lock and backrow. Carty looked very assured for only his second cap and some nice Rog-style grubbers to keep the pressure on.

Seven talking points from Six Nations Round 4

Motley crew???!!!

The cheek of ya, Tman. Those players are the cream, the elite, the crack unit. All of them carefully selected, nurtured and honed since they were 4 years old to develop into top professional sportsmen, then smuggled from South Africa, Canada, NZ, England and France under cover of darkness, and had green jerseys stitched onto them before you could say: ‘Three pints of Guinness and a sack of spuds, please!’

Motley crew! Pfft.

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

Nah – there’s no rugby IP – it’s a foreign game invented by the English – thought you knew that, BF?

We put most of our resources, talent and energy into native sports. 2,400 GAA clubs vs 220 rugby clubs – that’s just the way it is. Ain’t no changing that in your lifetime.

McCartney, Aki, Stander, Roux, Gibson-Park, Marmion, McGrath, Carbery, Herbst, Marshall, Kleyn, Butler, Cloete, Bleyendaal, Lowe, Haley, Addison…..

That’s our new motto:

Ireland Rugby Multi-International
Born wherever, but made in Ireland.

Just read and weep baby, read and weep.

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

Lol – very true Neil.

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

Presumably, you did spot that Carbery wasn’t even on the bench, T-man. Nor were Best, Healy, Toner, Ryan, Beirne, Leavy, Stander, Marmion, McGrath, Henshaw, Ringrose, and Larmour.

Nonetheless, Ireland need to rediscover their mojo.

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

I don’t need to admit it, Derek – I’m saying it is poor.

Nothing to write home about really. Wales should take out the GS without breaking a sweat.

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

You’ve nailed it, T- Man. Sums it up nicely. 🙂

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

You’re a sucker every time, Bluesfan.

Roux is not the latest convert – tsk, tsk – do your homework – he came to Ireland 7 years ago.

Just wait until next year when we’ll have out on the park – Herbst, Marshall, McCartney, Roux, Kleyn, Fai’inga, Butler, Stander, Gibson-Park, Bleyendaal, Horwitz, Aki, Ludik, and then Cloete and Lowe to come in 2021!

We’ll be unstoppable under Farrell. 🙂

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

Humdrum, pedestrian and lacking pizzazz. This year’s comp is in danger of becoming like the Rugby Championship in recent years.

Five talking points from Round 3 of the Six Nations Championship

“Half the Irish team comes from about three Dublin private schools”

Hmm…. that’s not really accurate – it’s a lot more diverse. Out of a likely 23 match-day squad, 8-9 players went to school in Dublin coming from 7 different schools.

Cian Healy (Belvedere – Dublin), Rory Best (Portadown College, NI), Tadgh Furlong (St Augustine’s – Wexford), Devin Toner (Castleknock – Dublin), James Ryan (St Michael’s – Dublin), Sean O’Brien (Tullow -Carlow), Peter O’Mahony (Pres Brothers – Cork), Jack Conan (St Gerard’s – Wicklow).

Conor Murray (St Munchin’s- Limerick), Johnny Sexton (St Mary’s – Dublin)
Robbie Henshaw (Marist – Westmeath), Garry Ringrose (Blackrock – Dublin),
Keith Earls (St Munchin’s – Limerick), Jacob Stockdale (Wallace – Belfast), Rob Kearney (Clongowes – Dublin).
Reps:
Sean Cronin (Ardscoil Ris – Limerick), Dave Kilcoyne (Ardscoil Ris – Limerick),
Andrew Porter (St Andrew’s – Dublin), Iain Henderson (Royal Academy – Belfast), Josh van der Flier (Wesley – Dublin), Kieran Marmion (Kirkham – England), Joey Carbery (Athy Community – Kildare/Blackrock- Dublin) Jordan Larmour (St Andrews – Dublin)

Will England rule the world in 2019?

Hey mzilikazi – good to hear from you.

Yes – the club gates have been climbing again in the last few years – this season might surpass last season again – 360k after 6-7 home games – with another 4 to go, before knockout stages. The European Cup pool games would add another 206k onto those.

Don’t know about the England game rumours – I despise scalping.

Will England rule the world in 2019?

“if they don’t they must be chokers???”

Hardly. The Six Nations invariably springs a surprise for most of the teams.

Will England rule the world in 2019?

Not sure there is really an elite in Ireland. But rugby has a tag – fairly or unfairly – of being a rich or perhaps middle-class person’s sport – engendered largely by the fee-paying rugby schools in the Dublin area that feed into the Leinster clubs and the provincial team. But its fan base is much wider than that – the provinces pull in 560,000 fans from right around the island for PRO14 games alone during the season in hail, rain or shine.

Will England rule the world in 2019?

Excellent – didn’t take long for England to become “the best team in the world”. By June, it’ll travel back over the equator and sit in another team’s pocket.

Will England rule the world in 2019?

I didn’t mean the English match, I meant other matches where Sexton has played when he’s not 100% or just returned from injury.

Never mind. None of them were good enough. England were far better. Let’s see how they go without Ringrose, Toner, Stander, Marmion, McGrath at Murrayfield.

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

Distant cousin of the sweet transvestite from Transylvania….

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

No it doesn’t. He’s played not 100% before or just returned from injury and has been brilliant.

You have to watch the full match, not just 3 minute summaries, Tman…. ;).

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

The injury update from IRFU has some concerns for Schmidt:

Earls, Toner, Ringrose and Conway all having injuries managed and assessed currently – doubtful for availability for next weekend. Stander out for at least four weeks. Beirne and Henderson still out with hand/fingr injuries as well as Marmion and Luke McGrath.

So Schmidt’s choice for next weekend likely to come from:

LH: Healy, J McGrath, Kilcoyne
H: Best, Cronin, Scannell
TH: Furlong, Porter, Ryan
L: Ryan, Dillane, Roux
FL: O’Mahony, van der Flier, Ruddock, Murphy
8: O’Brien, Conan
9: Murray, Cooney, Blade
10: Sexton, Cooney, Carty
Centres: Aki, Chris Farrell, Tom Farrell
W: Stockdale, Larmour
15: R Kearney, Henshaw, Addison

Predictable Ireland bore themselves into a shock defeat by England

Marmion is injured and not in 6N squad for the moment.

Predictable Ireland bore themselves into a shock defeat by England

Indeed Nic. Although, Schmidt does have a streak of perseverance which one hopes has not become a streak of perseveration.

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

England should put France to the sword, Riddler. No problems there.

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations