Who is still playing?

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Adder » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:45 pm

old-n-slo-2nd-row wrote:roosters v barbarians.jpg

Thanks for sharing.
Pitch was actually very good! only a small part was dry. A lot less grazing than usual.

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby rowan » Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:28 pm

old-n-slo-2nd-row wrote:
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Lizard wrote:Nice to know that no matter where you play, there's always pylons by the pitch.


Those might even be the goal posts, since the field looks like a farm up in the Balkans somewhere . . .


Ha! Where do you think they get their "energy" from :) and Rowan, how dare you! The pitch was (almost) perfect, without a furrow or cowpat in sight!


It was intended as a compliment. ;)
If they're good enough to play at World Cups, why not in between?

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Lizard » Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:42 am

This is a desperate cry for help for someone to talk some sense in to me. I've just thoughtlessly agreed to turn out in a Presidents' Grade (Over 35s) match this weekend. I haven't played since a one-off cameo for my old club in London in 2015. I haven't trained since 2009. I will be 40 before this season is out and at least 10% of my 84kg or so is wasted (or just waist!).

The boots have been hung on a nail in my shed for a couple of years, so I hope they are still servicable.
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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Lizard » Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:00 am

So I just got confirmation of my registration from the "Director of Rugby" at the club who I believe captained Manawatu against the 2005 Lions before signing for the Cornish Pirates.
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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Adder » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:56 am

Lizard wrote:This is a desperate cry for help for someone to talk some sense in to me. I've just thoughtlessly agreed to turn out in a Presidents' Grade (Over 35s) match this weekend. I haven't played since a one-off cameo for my old club in London in 2015. I haven't trained since 2009. I will be 40 before this season is out and at least 10% of my 84kg or so is wasted (or just waist!).

The boots have been hung on a nail in my shed for a couple of years, so I hope they are still servicable.



You'll have fun! I'm ten years younger and just walk around the pitch hoping someone will bump into me.

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Mellsblue » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:14 am

Play, film it, edit it, stick it in the Random Funny Images thread.

Next year is the ten year anniversary of me gloriously leading my club to the league title, with only one loss. I'm planning on reforming the team and playing a match at the club's end of season festival and age wise I, and the majority of the reformed team, will not be far behind you. That will be comedy gold.

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Lizard » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:51 am

Well that wasn't too bad, actually. There were plenty of guys older than me in the side. I did have to play the first half at centre, where I hadn't played for at least 25 years. Mind you, our 1st 5/8 was one Junior Tonu'u which helped.

We won, I only missed one embarrassing tackle, and suffered no major injury. I think I'll keep playing.
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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Mr Mwenda » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:24 pm

I'm taking a year off bar possibly one or two run outs. I'm loving it - no 3+ hour away trips every other week and i'm not being concussed. I guess i'm largely done with Swedish rugby.

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Postby Scrumhead » Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:20 pm

Mr Mwenda wrote:I'm taking a year off bar possibly one or two run outs. I'm loving it - no 3+ hour away trips every other week and i'm not being concussed. I guess i'm largely done with Swedish rugby.


Same here. Had 3 broken bones last season and I'm getting on now, so being sore until Wednesday/Thursday after playing on Saturday has got a bit too much.

I might play vets games, but that's it. Not in Sweden (obviously).

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Mr Mwenda » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:21 pm

On holiday in Finland a popped down to join in with training at one of my old teams. Man it feels rubbish not to commit for Saturday, particularly after it felt so good to run about and tackle things.

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Peat » Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:44 am

Played my first game for a few months yesterday and absolutely hate myself today.

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Lizard » Wed May 02, 2018 11:39 pm

So the Over-35s season opener is tomorrow. I've taken up commuting by bike a few times a week so my fitness should be o.k. My main concern is that my boy is now old enough (5) to understand the game a bit and he will probably be there. The illusion I have given him of my adequacy at rugby is at serious risk of being exposed.

If I make it to the end of the season, I think I might be able to technically claim greater longevity than Brad Thorn.

EDIT: It's just occurred to me that I have no idea where my boots are. Has anyone seen them? They're Canterbury, the proper colour (black), with proper screw-in sprigs.
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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby rowan » Thu May 03, 2018 7:33 am

OMG, I think I found you on Facebook!

If they're good enough to play at World Cups, why not in between?

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Stones of granite » Thu May 03, 2018 10:16 am

Lizard wrote:So the Over-35s season opener is tomorrow. I've taken up commuting by bike a few times a week so my fitness should be o.k. My main concern is that my boy is now old enough (5) to understand the game a bit and he will probably be there. The illusion I have given him of my adequacy at rugby is at serious risk of being exposed.

If I make it to the end of the season, I think I might be able to technically claim greater longevity than Brad Thorn.

EDIT: It's just occurred to me that I have no idea where my boots are. Has anyone seen them? They're Canterbury, the proper colour (black), with proper screw-in sprigs.

I think I have them. Pop round with a beer.

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Lizard » Fri May 04, 2018 11:23 pm

Found them. Hanging on a nail next to some clamps in the shed (of course).

Now - mouth guard?
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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Peat » Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:09 pm

We beat our nearest and most hated rivals 93-7 last week. And we let the ref call the game 7 minutes early as they wanted no more of it. If only the whole season was like that :D

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Postby kk67 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:31 pm

Peat wrote:We beat our nearest and most hated rivals 93-7 last week. And we let the ref call the game 7 minutes early as they wanted no more of it. If only the whole season was like that :D


Did they stay for a beer in 'De Bunker' or did they cross the road and go home..?.

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby cashead » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:48 pm

Been on the coaching end at the high school level. I took the 2nd XV of my school to the final last year (as part of a 3-man panel, as a result of us absorbing the U15s into the squad due to a lack of numbers on their end), where we didn't fire a single shot and got shut out by the team that was demonstrably better on the day (it was 30-something to nil). We'd also lost to them twice in the regular season, including an 8-5 heart-breaker in the rain and wind as well.

This year, I was with the U14 boys, where we weren't anywhere near as successful due to a variety of factors (poor discipline on our end killed us). I'll never forget out last game, where we went up against a side cobbled together from rural schools, who could still only field 14 players. We played them out in the sticks, and got absolutely torn to shreds. Their starting 2 was a girl, and she gave our boys the Lomu treatment. One tried to tackle her and she literally threw him out of her way, and dragged 4 of our players across the tryline to score the first of her three tries that day. She was clearly a leader in the team as well, and you could hear her barking orders at her team mates on the touchline, while the parents supporting that side were all grinning and going "yep, that's our girl!"

I won't be involved next year though - moving to a girls' school, where there is no rugby programme. Shame, really.

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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby Lizard » Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:03 am

So start one. My sister in law (all 5’2’ of her) basically set up rugby in a school she taught at in an Aussie Rules region in Victoria.
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Re: Who is still playing?

Postby cashead » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:29 am

Lizard wrote:So start one. My sister in law (all 5’2’ of her) basically set up rugby in a school she taught at in an Aussie Rules region in Victoria.

Yeah, probably eventually down the line once I'm entrenched there, I'll gauge some interest and see if I can establish a team.


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