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by Oakboy
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Swing low, should it go?
Replies: 36
Views: 1064

Re: Swing low, should it go?

And on cue: https://inews.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/exeter-chiefs-rugby-native-american-branding-chant-fans-petition-459925 Puja The logical step for Exeter would be a name change, surely? Would there be that much heartbreak in dropping 'Chiefs'? Done properly, with a fans' competition for a new name...
by Oakboy
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Swing low, should it go?
Replies: 36
Views: 1064

Re: Swing low, should it go?

And on cue: https://inews.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/exeter-chiefs-rugby-native-american-branding-chant-fans-petition-459925 Puja The logical step for Exeter would be a name change, surely? Would there be that much heartbreak in dropping 'Chiefs'? Done properly, with a fans' competition for a new name...
by Oakboy
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Transfer news, fake news, baseless speculation, and various levels of truthiness - Season 2019/20
Replies: 1433
Views: 124038

Re: Transfer news, fake news, baseless speculation, and various levels of truthiness - Season 2019/20

Sorry, that post got into a mucking fuddle. Was Borthwick's appointment a unanimous board decision?
by Oakboy
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Transfer news, fake news, baseless speculation, and various levels of truthiness - Season 2019/20
Replies: 1433
Views: 124038

Re: Transfer news, fake news, baseless speculation, and various levels of truthiness - Season 2019/20

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2020/06/28/exclusiveleicester-tigers-face-losing-third-first-team-squad/ Not good news for Tigers. Although with Sarries already relegated we have a while till next season starts to sign players, could use academy lot to fill in the holes. I've heard around 5...
by Oakboy
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Transfer news, fake news, baseless speculation, and various levels of truthiness - Season 2019/20
Replies: 1433
Views: 124038

Re: Transfer news, fake news, baseless speculation, and various levels of truthiness - Season 2019/20

Mellsblue wrote:
Scrumhead wrote:Tigers have also confirmed Blake Enever from the Brumbies.

I think that could turn out to be a good signing, even more so if Lavanini is off.

Well Enever. I didn’t see that coming.


:lol: :lol: I thought all humour was banned with Covid, BLM, BBC etc. !!! :(
by Oakboy
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread
Replies: 5744
Views: 564657

Re: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread

Maybe he has a smidgeon of a point about kids though? Is he so wrong to suggest that they are too important to be brought into the world without thought and preparation? Having that as an informative theme within a society's broader education makes sense perhaps. Generally true, but a) not all poor...
by Oakboy
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread
Replies: 5744
Views: 564657

Re: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread

Maybe he has a smidgeon of a point about kids though? Is he so wrong to suggest that they are too important to be brought into the world without thought and preparation? Having that as an informative theme within a society's broader education makes sense perhaps.
by Oakboy
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: A view from the dark side
Replies: 41
Views: 1189

Re: A view from the dark side

There has been talk from time to time about having two refs. Has it ever been tried?
by Oakboy
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Salary Cap changes
Replies: 47
Views: 1288

Re: Salary Cap changes

Yes. I have some sympathy with the players on how this has been handled. On the other hand, being paid 75% of something vs. the real threat of 100% of nothing if clubs go out of business. If a couple of clubs were to go under, there would be a lot of players who’d be unemployed and less clubs with ...
by Oakboy
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Salary Cap changes
Replies: 47
Views: 1288

Re: Salary Cap changes

You'll all be surprised to hear me suggest this - but how about 8 teams at the top, and aproperly financed championship? That seems rather more sensible than the possibility of all top tiers having 14 as I saw proposed the other day. Should the 8 figure be adopted, are you suggesting 8 for the cham...
by Oakboy
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Salary Cap changes
Replies: 47
Views: 1288

Re: Salary Cap changes

If clubs don’t have to spend to the salary cap and should spend what they want then maybe the cap shouldn’t exist? I've asked that question before without getting an answer. Maybe, instead of tinkering with existing (failed) regulations the bodies concerned should start with a clean sheet of paper....
by Oakboy
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Salary Cap changes
Replies: 47
Views: 1288

Re: Salary Cap changes

Unless we want to run the EPS players into the ground, they won’t be playing in any more club matches than they do already. One side effect maybe that the RFU might be more relaxed about EPS playing abroad if international windows bookend the domestic season. I think that was more a PRL thing that ...
by Oakboy
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Salary Cap changes
Replies: 47
Views: 1288

Re: Salary Cap changes

Might the global season alignment coincide and produce savings on the overall wage bill? Arguably, 1st team squads will be smaller if Premiership club fixtures do not coincide with internationals.
by Oakboy
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Salary Cap changes
Replies: 47
Views: 1288

Re: Salary Cap changes

How will the new set-up affect the standard of rugby in England; club and international? English players with international ambition will have to stay but what about foreign players? At the end of their contracts they may well go.
by Oakboy
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Sam Burgess believes England 2015 World Cup campaign undermined by Mike Ford
Replies: 73
Views: 2470

Re: Sam Burgess believes England 2015 World Cup campaign undermined by Mike Ford

Overall, if Burgess disappears into the ether and takes Mike Ford with him, all that remains is deciding who, out of those left (players and staff), should join them. This sounds eerily like you’re planning to off some of these people. I don’t think we’re allowed to discuss things like that on here...
by Oakboy
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Sam Burgess believes England 2015 World Cup campaign undermined by Mike Ford
Replies: 73
Views: 2470

Re: Sam Burgess believes England 2015 World Cup campaign undermined by Mike Ford

Overall, if Burgess disappears into the ether and takes Mike Ford with him, all that remains is deciding who, out of those left (players and staff), should join them.
by Oakboy
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Sam Burgess believes England 2015 World Cup campaign undermined by Mike Ford
Replies: 73
Views: 2470

Re: Sam Burgess believes England 2015 World Cup campaign undermined by Mike Ford

I don't give a toss about Burgess but I still have reservations about George Ford which puts me at odds with most on here. What I do not understand is his application of his skill-set and its interpretation by this board on the one hand and rugby punditry on the other. Why do most on here want him ...
by Oakboy
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Sam Burgess believes England 2015 World Cup campaign undermined by Mike Ford
Replies: 73
Views: 2470

Re: Sam Burgess believes England 2015 World Cup campaign undermined by Mike Ford

I don't give a toss about Burgess but I still have reservations about George Ford which puts me at odds with most on here. What I do not understand is his application of his skill-set and its interpretation by this board on the one hand and rugby punditry on the other. Why do most on here want him a...
by Oakboy
Fri May 22, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Lansdown in the Times
Replies: 34
Views: 1243

Re: Lansdown in the Times

I don't see how there can ever be totally fair competition for 12 premiership clubs. The salary cap is bound to be a compromise. Presumably, with a bit of effort, all 12 could find funny money from individuals or syndicates if they wanted to. The product, in terms of entertainment value, is good eno...
by Oakboy
Fri May 22, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: England forward pack as things stand
Replies: 277
Views: 11742

Re: England forward pack as things stand

Hill, Croft, Moody, Teague would be my top four 6s.
by Oakboy
Thu May 21, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: England forward pack as things stand
Replies: 277
Views: 11742

Re: England forward pack as things stand

Digby wrote:Was Micky Skinner looking into a mirror rather than at John Major?


I can't remember the occasion. It was Twickenham obviously. Somebody else must have seen it.
by Oakboy
Thu May 21, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: England forward pack as things stand
Replies: 277
Views: 11742

Re: England forward pack as things stand

Run, Dors! I'm cringing - a bit like Catt with Lomu approaching! :D :D I have the physical mass of Lomu. It's not proportioned in anywhere near the same way and I might take three or four times as long to do 100m, but I do have his weight currently. Puja Are you saying you are a fat boy now? Do you...
by Oakboy
Thu May 21, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: England forward pack as things stand
Replies: 277
Views: 11742

Re: England forward pack as things stand

Danno wrote:Run, Dors!


I'm cringing - a bit like Catt with Lomu approaching! :D :D
by Oakboy
Thu May 21, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: England forward pack as things stand
Replies: 277
Views: 11742

Re: England forward pack as things stand

I definitely don’t see Wilson as a 7. I much prefer him as a 6 and 6 only, but I thought he was far better than ‘stodgy’ at 8. I still can’t fathom what you’ve seen in Ludlam to think that he’s a step-up on Wilson (who has had numerous stand out games for England and is consistently excellent at cl...
by Oakboy
Thu May 21, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: England forward pack as things stand
Replies: 277
Views: 11742

Re: England forward pack as things stand

I think you’re seriously undervaluing Wilson. His performance level for England has been outstanding whenever he’s played and his bit-part roles in the World Cup and 6N were mostly down to injury. It’s not always about having an obvious ‘USP’ as you often put it. You underestimate the value of some...