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by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Swing low, should it go?
Replies: 67
Views: 3972

Re: Swing low, should it go?

Also, was the chiefs logo really selected to celebrate native American culture or to sell stuff? I think there's a difference. That's exactly the problem. Native Americans have a history of being murdered, displaced and oppressed by American capitalism, only to have their culture sold on to the ver...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Championship breakaway?!?!?
Replies: 38
Views: 1848

Re: Championship breakaway?!?!?

Does sound like Griffiths is thinking big and radical, and will therefore be completely ignored. As a big fan of the NFL and NBA, the excitement and equalising qualities that a draft bring are genuinely brilliant, and I think would bring a real point of difference.
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Autumn Tests
Replies: 53
Views: 2160

Re: Autumn Tests

Wait, are they going to be having crowds of spectators at these? Haven't you heard? COVID is over; we've beaten it. We must've done, otherwise why would all the restrictions have been completely relaxed? It's only a problem in other countries now, which is why we have quarantines for flying in from...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Fri May 22, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Lansdown in the Times
Replies: 34
Views: 2155

Re: Lansdown in the Times

[/quote] If we do want an equal ise system then I think we should go the NFL route- conferences, play offs and a draft system for players coming out academies and total transparency on salaries.[/quote] Bingo! I actually think this is the absolute best thing to do. Centralise the hell out of it, wit...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Fri May 22, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Lansdown in the Times
Replies: 34
Views: 2155

Re: Lansdown in the Times

. His point is that why should clubs (not just Bristol) that can afford it not be allowed to spend. As Bath and Exeter, alledgedly, support this position I assume their backers have a similiar view. If a club can't afford it then find the investment, grow the incomes or find a level you can afford....
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Fri May 22, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Lansdown in the Times
Replies: 34
Views: 2155

Re: Lansdown in the Times

That was kind of my thoughts exactly. But I find it worrying, especially seeing as he's football first, that eventually he'll just piss off when he realises there's just not that much money in Rugby and leave them completely buggered. If someone wants to hold up Exeter as a great example of how to r...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Fri May 22, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: Lansdown in the Times
Replies: 34
Views: 2155

Lansdown in the Times

Steve Lansdown has been throwing his (financial) weight around in the Times, saying just because some clubs are struggling financially doesn't mean we should " go down to the lowest common denominator " and make cuts to the salary cap or changes to the marquee contracts. For clubs who are ...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Mon May 18, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: England forward pack as things stand
Replies: 277
Views: 18409

Re: England forward pack as things stand

Which Tyler wrote:Balance you say? I dream of

6. Hill
7. Curry
8. Mercer
20. Willis


'Tis a thing of beauty!
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Mon May 18, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Pro game Revolution?
Replies: 17
Views: 1702

Re: Pro game Revolution?

I'm not saying the game would die out. But as a professional sport it would be in a pretty poor state and not many kids would be keen to take it up if our national team performed like Italy...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Mon May 18, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Salary cap review published
Replies: 2
Views: 559

Re: Salary cap review published

I think the marquee stuff is good. I'm not sure Rugby works in the same way as football in having headline players particularly pushing the gate fans/shirt sales. Fair enough if you had Lomu or Wilkinson, but (as amazing as he is) can't see Radradra suddenly increasing Bristols ticket sales exponent...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Mon May 18, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: England forward pack as things stand
Replies: 277
Views: 18409

Re: England forward pack as things stand

I’m not saying they’re similar players exactly, more that they would occupy similar roles. I see Curry, Underhill, Ludlam, Willis and Wilson as flankers who can cover 6 and 7 (or 6 and 8 in Wilson’s case). Their skill sets are different but all offer (to a greater or less degree), a mix of breakdow...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Thu May 07, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: English Board
Topic: England forward pack as things stand
Replies: 277
Views: 18409

Re: England forward pack as things stand

My main bugbear (which I’ve definitely raised on multiple occasions) is that using Billy as a heavy carrier can’t really be replicated by our other 8s. Dombrandt, Mercer, Earl and Simmonds are all different types of player, but none of them are best used as heavy carriers. Neither is Curry. I think...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Pro game Revolution?
Replies: 17
Views: 1702

Re: Pro game Revolution?

I'm still working on the assumption that these clubs would be chosen by the RFU as combining financial viability, and assets with a geographical spread of England. It's massively harsh on Bath, Gloucester, Worcester and a bit harsh on Wasps and Irish, but Bristol and Exeter are definitely the best b...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Rugby
Topic: Releasing new members
Replies: 31
Views: 3011

Re: Releasing new members

:mrgreen:
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Rugby
Topic: Releasing new members
Replies: 31
Views: 3011

Re: Releasing new members

:cry:
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Rugby
Topic: Releasing new members
Replies: 31
Views: 3011

Re: Releasing new members

:?
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Rugby
Topic: Releasing new members
Replies: 31
Views: 3011

Re: Releasing new members

:?
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Rugby
Topic: Releasing new members
Replies: 31
Views: 3011

Re: Releasing new members

:shock:
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Rugby
Topic: Releasing new members
Replies: 31
Views: 3011

Re: Releasing new members

:o
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Pro game Revolution?
Replies: 17
Views: 1702

Re: Pro game Revolution?

Maybe we could have a British & Irish league with two groups of 9? Bristol-Exeter-Harlequins-Saracens-Northampton-Leicester-Newcastle-Sale-Edinburgh Connacht-Leinster-Munster-Ulster-Scarlets-Blues-Dragons-Ospreys-Glasgow Let the French go it alone and just give up on Italy and the minnow nations...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: England forward pack as things stand
Replies: 277
Views: 18409

Re: England forward pack as things stand

Billy is probably our most important player. And to be on 50 caps aged 27 doesn't scream he's perpetually injured I would argue Maro, Curry and possibly even Sinckler (on a good day) have all surpassed him in that. Don't get me wrong, I think Billy was/is immense, and even in the World Cup when peo...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Pro game Revolution?
Replies: 17
Views: 1702

Re: Pro game Revolution?

I think what has become painfully clear is that the only places where we get money from are International games at Twickenham and TV revenue. So as much as I like the idea of bottom up and localism in almost all walks of life, a) there would be no grass roots without the international game and b) th...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: England forward pack as things stand
Replies: 277
Views: 18409

Re: England forward pack as things stand

Billy is probably our most important player. And to be on 50 caps aged 27 doesn't scream he's perpetually injured I would argue Maro, Curry and possibly even Sinckler (on a good day) have all surpassed him in that. Don't get me wrong, I think Billy was/is immense, and even in the World Cup when peo...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Pro game Revolution?
Replies: 17
Views: 1702

Re: Pro game Revolution?

I know. But there's a fair amount of unsustainable private money in France too.

Maybe if we cut them out then consistently beat them in both Europe and international games though...
by Dan. Dan. Dan.
Wed May 06, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: English Board
Topic: Pro game Revolution?
Replies: 17
Views: 1702

Re: Pro game Revolution?

I'm definitely on board with most of that. One thing I was pondering was if we could essentially make European Rugby the top tier of the professional game. If both France and England could commit to centralising eight clubs each the groups could look something like this: A Sale Newcastle Ulster Glas...