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by Mellsblue
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Transfer news, fake news, baseless speculation, and various levels of truthiness - Season 2019/20
Replies: 1433
Views: 124045

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

Tigersman wrote: Don't know why the Times are saying they need Tigers permission if it's a breech of contract.

PRL regs, I assume.
by Mellsblue
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Premiership Suspended
Replies: 81
Views: 5952

Re: Premiership Suspended

Premiership clubs can move to stage 2 of the return to training protocols on Monday. Let’s hope the hangovers from the reopening of pubs ain’t too bad.
by Mellsblue
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Swing low, should it go?
Replies: 36
Views: 1067

Re: Swing low, should it go?

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 etc., there could be a shedload of worthwhile publicity. Traditionally in Devon a lot of 1stXVs are called Chiefs, its the who...
by Mellsblue
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: The importance of fewer clubs at the top
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: The importance of fewer clubs at the top

I doubt anyone (or at least many) disagrees that concentration of talent, leading to more quality and less quantity, is the best way of maximising talent for the national team. The issue is how you achieve it with so many different agendas. For the PRL, it means four turkeys voting for Xmas.
by Mellsblue
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Transfer news, fake news, baseless speculation, and various levels of truthiness - Season 2019/20
Replies: 1433
Views: 124045

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

I can’t see him getting decent $$$ in the US. They’re not really even pretending to stick to the salary cap but if Manu’s priority is to maximise his bank balance, I doubt the US is part of the plan. Fat Basta was quite open that his move to RUNY was costing him money.
by Mellsblue
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Politics and stuff
Topic: Trump
Replies: 6212
Views: 481341

Re: Trump

paddy no 11 wrote:If morepork isn't exactly like his avatar I'd be amazed

I’d be disappointed. Very, very disappointed.
by Mellsblue
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Other sports
Topic: NFL Draft
Replies: 63
Views: 3844

Re: NFL Draft

Cam Newton signs for the Pats.
by Mellsblue
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread
Replies: 5744
Views: 564665

Re: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread

Which Tyler wrote:
Mellsblue wrote:More importantly, we’ve fallen down another RR rabbit hole of discussing a hypothetical with only a tiny chance of happening.

There's no actual rugby to talk about - what else are we supposed to do?

Good point, well made.
by Mellsblue
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread
Replies: 5744
Views: 564665

Re: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread

They got the players to sign before the 18th of June. So whatever they agreed to, only 75% of that will count towards the new cap. Meaning they could have easily just created themselves some more cap space. If they got everyone to agree to 25% cuts, then they'd have created plenty more. I know all ...
by Mellsblue
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread
Replies: 5744
Views: 564665

Re: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread

Sale forced their players into taking pay cuts and now have money to burn?!?!? I’m sure the players will be delighted with that news. They got the players to sign before the 18th of June. So whatever they agreed to, only 75% of that will count towards the new cap. Meaning they could have easily jus...
by Mellsblue
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread
Replies: 5744
Views: 564665

Re: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread

Sale forced their players into taking pay cuts and now have money to burn?!?!? I’m sure the players will be delighted with that news.
by Mellsblue
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Transfer news, fake news, baseless speculation, and various levels of truthiness - Season 2019/20
Replies: 1433
Views: 124045

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

My prediction that Hobbs-Awoyemi would become an England regular takes another step on the ladder out of the dustbin.
by Mellsblue
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread
Replies: 5744
Views: 564665

Re: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread

Still marquee slots. Chance someone might do it, but i suspect he's planning on being an ab. I thought they were all skint other than Bristol, Exeter and Bath. If I’d just accepted a 25% pay cut as my club is pleading poverty and then they cough up enough to tempt one of NZ’s brightest prospects I’...
by Mellsblue
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread
Replies: 5744
Views: 564665

Re: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread

He’s quality. There’s no way NZ will let him leave.
As for R. Ioane, after the Blues matches I’ve watched in the last few weeks, he might have moved to OC as he’s the third best wing in the squad. Clarke looks ridiculously good, if a bit raw.
by Mellsblue
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread
Replies: 5744
Views: 564665

Re: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread

Only if it’s temperature is too high on arrival or sweat charity, if you prefer.
by Mellsblue
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread
Replies: 5744
Views: 564665

Re: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread

He has a charity to carry him home.
by Mellsblue
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Premiership Suspended
Replies: 81
Views: 5952

Re: Premiership Suspended

They’ve pencilled in mid-August, I think. Will require mid-week games or dropping a number of rounds. Last I heard, they were still on phase 1 - no contact, small group training. Wouldn’t put any dosh on any of that, though.
by Mellsblue
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Premiership Suspended
Replies: 81
Views: 5952

Re: Premiership Suspended

I’d put some dosh on RFU controlled rugby, ie Champ downwards, not starting until Dec/Jan (notwithstanding the possibility of the dreaded second wave).
by Mellsblue
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread
Replies: 5744
Views: 564665

Re: EPS Watch / Player Form Thread

Article about Marchant from the times: Joe Marchant’s Super Rugby gamble pays off as Eddie Jones hails his education from greats Dan Carter and Beauden Barrett Harlequins centre set for England recall after Super Rugby stint with Carter and Barrett Marchant says he has relished the “crazy” training ...
by Mellsblue
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Transfer news, fake news, baseless speculation, and various levels of truthiness - Season 2019/20
Replies: 1433
Views: 124045

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

Scrumhead wrote:I assume that was a joke re. Saracens & Quins?

Quins & Ealing maybe? Quins & Saracens ... no chance.

Ealing and Sarries are already pretty close. Plenty of combined training sessions last season, for example.
by Mellsblue
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Politics and stuff
Topic: COVID19
Replies: 2364
Views: 83617

Re: COVID19

Banquo wrote:
Sandydragon wrote:
Banquo wrote:Bournemouth, Police attacked at (illegal) street parties, I just despair.

Weeks of being locked down coupled with ACAB messaging, not a huge surprise.

But still very depressing.

even more depressing that not surprising.

I am suprisingly depressed.
by Mellsblue
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Premiership Suspended
Replies: 81
Views: 5952

Re: Premiership Suspended