It’s That Time of Year Again

Update: We are funded! Thank you all!

Hello one, hello all. I’m afraid it’s time to talk money. As you know, the site costs money to run, and those fees come exclusively out of my bank account!

So far we have spent, this on Disqus:

At the time I estimated £880 in GBP, it was actually £881.83

This is our recurring monthly hosting cost:

In total we’ve run up $560.99 USD in hosting costs, or, according to my bank statements, £429.07

So, to date, the site outlay has been £1310.90. I’m ignoring the domain name fees etc.

In keeping with transparency, these were the donations I received last year, for a total of £1165, or £1119.8 after Paypal took their fee. I covered the gap to take the sidebar to £1215, which was to take the site from late August 2019 to late August 2020.

So in short, the donations from last year have run out (and then some).

At the moment we’re at -£95.90 against the funded amount.

Site Costs for the next year will be 12 x 36 = $432 USD or £338.74 – it’s gotten a bit cheaper as I’ve been able to optimize the hosting package that we’re using.

Disqus costs for next year… well, a bit of a curious one. Technically our subscription ran out on the 17th September and we’re now on the free plan. I could ask for another approx £880. However, everything still seems to be working… for now, lets work on the basis that the free plan will continue to work. Start sending me panicked emails if it breaks, and i’ll start asking for more money to fund the yearly subscription.

Therefore, I am reopening donations to fund till October-ish next year, for the £338.74 + £95.90, for a total of £434.64. I’ll round it up to £435… the cheek of it!

Please see the donation link top right … since it’s approx £28 a month at the moment, there’s no great rush to hit the yearly goal instantly. But any help with paying the site costs much appreciated.



Round 21: Team News


15. Anthony Watson, 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Josh Matavesi, 11. Ruaridh McConnochie, 10. Rhys Priestland, 9. Ben Spencer; 1. Beno Obano, 2. Tom Dunn, 3. Will Stuart, 4. Elliott Stooke, 5. Charlie Ewels, 6. Tom Ellis, 7. Sam Underhill, 8. Taulupe Faletau


16. Jack Walker, 17. Lewis Boyce, 18. Christian Judge, 19. Josh McNally, 20. Miles Reid, 21. Will Chudley, 22. Cameron Redpath, 23. Joe Cokanasiga


15. Matt Banahan, 14. Ollie Thorley, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Jonny May, 10. Lloyd Evans, 9. Willi Heinz; 1. Val Rapava-Ruskin, 2. Jack Singleton, 3. Fraser Balmain, 4. Ed Slater, 5. Matias Alemanno, 6. Jake Polledri, 7. Lewis Ludlow ©, 8. Ruan Ackermann


16. Henry Walker, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Jack Stanley, 19. Ed Slater, 20. Jordy Reid, 21. Joe Simpson, 22. Tom Seabrook, 23. Louis Rees-Zammit.

European Team News

15 George Furbank
14 Matt Proctor
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Rory Hutchinson
11 Ahsee Tuala
10 Dan Biggar
9 Henry Taylor
1 Manny Iyogun
2 Mikey Haywood
3 Owen Franks
4 David Ribbans
5 Api Ratuniyarawa
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Lewis Ludlam
8 Teimana Harrison (c)
16 James Fish
17 Alex Seville
18 Paul Hill
19 Alex Moon
20 Nick Isiekwe
21 Shaun Adendorff
22 Alex Mitchell
23 Taqele Naiyaravoro

Saracens team to face Leinster:

15 Elliot Daly (10)
14 Alex Lewington (51)
13 Duncan Taylor (130)
12 Brad Barritt (260)
11 Sean Maitland (77)
10 Alex Goode (300)
9 Richard Wigglesworth (247)
1 Mako Vunipola (169)
2 Jamie George (230)
3 Vincent Koch (85)
4 Maro Itoje (123)
5 Tim Swinson (3)
6 Mike Rhodes (97)
7 Jackson Wray (249)
8 Billy Vunipola (114)


16 Tom Woolstencroft (40)
17 Richard Barrington (192)
18 Alec Clarey (5)
19 Callum Hunter-Hill (21)
20 Calum Clark (54)
21 Aled Davies (4)
22 Manu Vunipola (26)
23 Dom Morris (24)


15-9) Michael Lowry, Rob Lyttle, James Hume, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Billy Burns, John Cooney.

(1-8) Jack McGrath, Rob Herring, Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor, Iain Henderson (Capt.), Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy, Nick Timoney.

Replacements (16-23): John Andrew, Eric O’Sullivan, Marty Moore, Sam Carter, Kieran Treadwell, Alby Mathewson, Matt Faddes, Matthew Rea.

T&D DTRR Cup Update

Well after a rather mad round in which positions from 2 to 5 got shaken up a lot the table looks quite different. Wasps almost back to their old selves with the idea of no matter how many you score we’ll score more although the lad Malins looks to be some player. Not quite as free scoring with Bath and Sale but Bath very good value for their win think they managed to stop Sale playing. The old adage about forwards win matches and backs decide by how much couldn’t have been truer in that match.

The Sarries U11 vs the Chiefs U9s was at least interesting to see some of the talent coming through. I have just a small suspicion that neither Leinster or saints will be facing quite the same line up. Will own up to not watching the Wuss / Exiles game but neither are going to be challenging for anything serious anytime soon. I did watch probably the most passionless East Midlands derby I’ve seen ever. I know crowds aren’t allowed but neither team were that great and it was hardly a great advert for rugby. I doubt the tigers fans care that much though as it;’s a small ray of hope after rather a dismal season. I realise there is still a fixture to go so may have to do an edit later.

At least the positions 2 to 5 offer some excitement with Chiefs guaranteed top spot and relegation decided. In our table Monty retains his clear lead

2Travel Exec2.67
5D Hanley3.00
11Bigger Picture3.08
12JD Kiwi3.17
17Global Fan3.33
22Dalton Lad3.50
27Mr Wu3.83

Round 20 – team news



15 Phil Dollman
14 Josh Hodge
13 Corey Baldwin
12 Tom Wyatt
11 Facundo Cordero
10 Harvey Skinner
9 Joe Snow
1 Billy Keast
2 Jack Innard
3 Alfie Petch
4 Will Witty
5 Tom Price
6 Sean Lonsdale
7 Richard Capstick
8 Don Armand (capt)

16 Jordon Poole
17 James Kenny
18 Matt Johnson
19 Dave Dennis
20 Aaron Hinkley
21 Will Yarnell
22 Jack Walsh
23 Luke Mehson

Sarries to face Chiefs:

15 Will Hooley (2)
14 Rotimi Segun (32)
13 Dom Morris (23)
12 Harry Sloan (2)
11 Elliott Obatoyinbo (14)
10 Manu Vunipola (25)
9 Tom Whiteley (47)
1 Sam Crean (11)
2 Kapeli Pifeleti (11)
3 Alec Clarey (4)
4 Joel Kpoku (34)
5 Callum Hunter-Hill (20)
6 Calum Clark (53)
7 Sean Reffell (24)
8 Janco Venter (2)


16 Tom Woolstencroft (39)
17 Robin Hislop (1)
18 Josh Ibuanokpe (15)
19 Cameron Boon (2)
20 Andy Christie (12)
21 Alex Day (5)
22 Juan Pablo Socino (5)
23 Josh Hallett (0)

Leicester Tigers (v Northampton Saints, Welford Road, Sunday 2.00pm)

15 Freddie Steward

14 Kini Murimurivalu

13 Guy Porter

12 Matt Scott

11 Nemani Nadolo

10 Zack Henry

9 Ben Youngs (vc)

1 Facundo Gigena

2 Tom Youngs (c)

3 Dan Cole (vc)

4 Tomás Lavanini

5 Calum Green

6 Harry Wells

7 Luke Wallace

8 Hanro Liebenberg


16 Charlie Clare

17 Ellis Genge

18 Nephi Leatigaga

19 Thom Smith

20 Jordan Taufua

21 Ben White

22 Johnny McPhillips

23 Harry Potter

Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 20
Sunday 13 September 2020
Welford Road
Kick-off: 2pm

15 George Furbank
14 Ahsee Tuala
13 Matt Proctor
12 Rory Hutchinson
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro
10 Dan Biggar
9 Alex Mitchell

1 Francois van Wyk
2 James Fish
3 Owen Franks
4 David Ribbans
5 Api Ratuniyarawa
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Lewis Ludlam
8 Teimana Harrison (c)

16 Mike Haywood
17 Emmanuel Iyogun
18 Paul Hill
19 Alex Moon
20 Nick Isiekwe
21 JJ Tonks
22 Henry Taylor
23 Fraser Dingwall

Not available due to injury:
Nick Auterac (groin), Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (achilles), Alex Coles (ankle), Tom Collins (foot), Harry Mallinder (knee), Ollie Sleightholme (hamstring), Connor Tupai (wrist), Alex Waller (achilles), and Tom Wood (illness).

London Irish:
15 Tom Homer, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Matt Williams, 12 Terrence Hepetema, 11 James Stokes, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Nick Phipps, 1 Harry Elrington, 2 Agustin Creevy, 3 Lovejoy Chawatama, 4 George Nott, 5 Sebastian de Chaves, 6 Matt Rogerson (c), 7 Isaac Curtis-Harris, 8 Albert Tuisue

16 Ben Atkins, 17 Will Goodrick-Clarke, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Chunya Munga, 20 Ben Donnell, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Theo Brophy Clews, 23 Ollie Hassell-Collins

Warriors | 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Tom Howe, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Noah Heward, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Francois Hougaard, 1 Ethan Waller, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Nick Schonert, 4 Anton Bresler, 5 Graham Kitchener, 6 Ted Hill (C), 7 Matt Kvesic, 8 Cornell du Preez.

Replacements | 16 Beck Cutting, 17 Callum Black, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 Tom Dodd, 20 Sam Lewis, 21 Gareth Simpson, 22 Billy Searle, 23 Ollie Lawrence.

Unavailable | Joe Batley, Will Butler, Conor Carey, Perry Humphreys, Andrew Kitchener, Marco Mama, Morgan Monks, Caleb Montgomery, Matt  Moulds, Chris Pennell, Jamie Shillcock, GJ van Velze.

Wibble Rugby: The Champions Series | England 03

Hi Boys,

Finally got this done, its two months work, and is unbelievably satisfying with it finally being finished. But god i’m glad its done;

It is incredibly long, and as such the sections are timestamped in the description, but any advice you can give, feedback, all that jazz would really really be greatly appreciated.

Hope you’re all doing good and enjoying Rugby being back!

P.S: How do i get involved in the DTRR cup? Is it too late?




T&D DTRR Cup Update

Still decidedly tight at the top from 2 to 5. The race for the last semi final sport couldn’t be any tighter with Barf and the pests both handing out pastings. Glaws were rather halted in their tracks by the rampant Exeter and for the rest results pretty much all as expected. Slight change at the top of our table Monty back on top on his own. Get your rum drinking boots on Monty.

3Bigger Picture2.83
7D Hanley3.00
7Travel Exec3.00
10JD Kiwi3.17
16Global Fan3.33
22Dalton Lad3.50
26Mr Wu3.83

Team News: Round 19

Northampton Saints

15 Tommy Freeman
14 Ryan Olowofela
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Piers Francis
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro
10 James Grayson
9 Tom James

1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi
2 Mikey Haywood
3 Ehren Painter
4 Alex Moon
5 Nick Isiekwe
6 Jamie Gibson
7 Lewis Ludlam (c)
8 Shaun Adendorff

16 Reece Marshall
17 Nick Auterac
18 Karl Garside
19 Lewis Bean
20 Tui Uru
21 Henry Taylor
22 Reuben Bird-Tulloch
23 Josh Gillespie

Not available due to injury:
Alex Coles (ankle), Tom Collins (foot), Harry Mallinder (knee), Ollie Sleightholme (hamstring), Ahsee Tuala (groin), Connor Tupai (wrist), Alex Waller (achilles), and Tom Wood (illness).