ENGvsRSA: The Premiere

Hello Gentlemen,


I’m premiering this at 1700 BST this afternoon, just in time for copious amounts of beer.




Would be a privilege to have you on there, with the chat function so discussions/mini chat room can be had, and you can relive my pain and quite possibly yours too!


Hope you guys are keeping safe,


cheers all,



Top international coach for Glos and World Rugby calendar vote

The man who started the Leinster golden era and took a team from nowhere to the RWC final has been linked to Glos. Are we overjoyed?….


Meanwhile on 30 June there will be votes on the new global calendar and an international window this year from October. T14 understandably don’t want to play through the summer, but want a Spring world club cup every four years.

For me rugby is a winter sport, especially in a hot place like southern France or South Africa. The key for me is having test windows without club matches in the middle.


It’s War

Thought it was time to separate this out from the Burgess thread because it now looks like all out war between the clubs and the players.

Whilst understanding the need for the game to cut its cloth, this does look like pretty despicable opportunism by the clubs in holding a gun to players’ heads, especially those not out of contract.

Difficult to see this ending prettily. Depending on your generation I’d guess either a Boomer outcome or a Snowflake outcome – and as I’ve predicted for a while an early end to the season.




Premiership Rugby Returns

“The clubs will need to satisfy a number of requirements to start stage one as we continue the huge amount of work being undertaken to enable a safe return to training,” said professional game board chairman Chris Booy.


Premiership clubs also agree to Lord Myners review


Wibble Rugby: The latest Video/Feedback/Advice

Hello Gentlemen,


I wanted to ask you guys all a favour as it were.


I’ve recently started up with the Wibble Videos again, and this one, is the format i want to start doing going forward. The Jingle, the titles, Blackadder references, a little humour but not much. All in all an effort to move away from Squidge as whilst he’s great, i want it to be my work rather than an imitation.

However, i’m still very much looking for feedback and stuff that can make it better. If you boys do have time, it’d mean a lot to get your thoughts. Its long, and goes into a lot of detail, but this is the kind of thing i want to be doing now (As i’m starting Performance Analysis MSc in Hartpury this September). So will need to do something else other than my IT Job!

Any comments, shares, feedback you can provide, it’d mean an awful lot.



How England 2003 can influence the new attacj

Hey guys!

Hope you’re keeping well. This I have wanted to write about for a seriously long time.

England 2003, without doubt the best England team there ever has been. Some of their attack was quite astounding, and. Could work even better than what is going on today with the use of League defences.


Hope you boys enjoy it! But yeah. A throwback to when we were genuinely the best team in the World. This is something I appreciate.

Also. Heavily advise to watch Squidges video on SA last night. A bit of heavy viewing, especially reliving the final. But cannot deny it is a sublime piece of work.

Cheers boys and keep safe!


We might see a 24 teams ERC next year

Found on L’Equipe:


Apparently the 24-team proposition for next year’s ERC that French teams proposed seems to be seen favorably by English and Celt teams.

From what I gathered from the format…

  • 2 pools of 12 teams: 4 French, 4 English, 4 Celt in each
  • In each pool, you get 4 groups of 3 teams (1F, 1E, 1C) playing each other twice, home and away. So each team would have 4 pool games
  • Then the 12 teams of the pool get ranked 1 to 12, with the top 4 going through
  • QF would be 1A v 4B, 2A v 3B, 3A v 2B and 4A v 1B – with two legs, ala football Champions League
  • Semis would also get two legs
  • Grand final

In total, the hypothetical winner would play 4 + 2 + 2 + 1 = 9 games, exactly like it does now. But it would have fewer pool games and more elimination rounds.

It looks like a hidden “8 pools of 3” system, but I assume the “2 of 12” is there to give a chance to teams that have to face a big opponent. This way, 3-0-1 teams could make it through despite being behind one of their opponents. It is supposed to make every game important (and honestly I won’t be sad if the best 2nd system has to go).

The 2 pools might look like (F: Top 14, E: Premiership, CA: Pro14 pool A, CB: Pro 14 pool B)

Pool A: F1, CA1, E2, E3, CB2, CB3, F4, F5, CA4, E6, E7, F8

Subpools: (F1, CA4, E6) (CA1, E7, F4) (E3, CB3, F5) (E2, CB2, F8)

Pool B: E1, CB1, F2, F3, CA2, CA3, E4, E5, CB4, F6, F7, E8

Subpools: (E1, CB4, F6) (CB1, F7, E4) (F3, CA3, E5) (F2, CA2, E8)

For the record, with the current rankings, this would look like:

Pool A: (Bordeaux-Bègles (1), Bath (6), Dragons (4A)) (Toulon (4), Harlequins (7), Leinster (1A)) (La Rochelle (5), Bristol (3), Scarlets (3B)) (Montpellier (8), Sale (2), Munster (2B))

Pool B: (Clermont (6), Exeter (1), Connacht (4B)) (Toulouse (7), Northampton (4), Edimburgh (1B)) (Racing (3), Wasps (5), Glasgow (3A)) (Lyon (2), London Irish (8), Ulster (2A))

I bolded the pools in which the “ranking of 12” would give a big name a shot to make it despite not topping its pool of 3.

The reason France proposed that format was to avoid having to solve the “who get the 6 spots” with league having stopped. For example, Toulouse is 7th, in large part due to how many players they had to give away for both the RWC and the 6N – the exact kind of team that tends to finish strong because from March onwards they have their full squad.