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    2015 Rugby Championship

    The Rugby Championship kicks off this weekend. Shortened version this year with RWC around the corner. 3 games each rather than 6. Plus an extra Bledisloe Cup game afterwards.

    First up this weekend is All Blacks v Argentina on Friday followed by Wallabies v Springboks on Saturday

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    Springboks team (v Wallabies)

    1. Tendai Mtawarira, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 3. Jannie di Plessis, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Victor Matfield (Captain), 6. Francois Louw, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 8. Schalk Burger, 9. Ruan Pienaar (Vice-captain), 10. Handré Pollard, 11. Bryan Habana, 12. Damian de Allende, 13. Jesse Kriel, 14. JP Pietersen, 15. Willie le Roux

    Subs: 16. Adrian Strauss, 17. Heinke van der Merwe, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Lood de Jager, 20. Oupa Mohoje, 21. Cobus Reinach, 22. Pat Lambie, 23. Lwazi Mvovo

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      #3
      All Blacks team (v Argentina)

      15. Israel Dagg, 14. Waisake Naholo, 13. Ma'a Nonu, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Charles Piutau, 10. Dan Carter, 9. TJ Perenara; 8. Kieran Read, 7. Richie McCaw (c), 6. Jerome Kaino, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Luke Romano, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Keven Mealamu, 1. Tony Woodcock.

      Subs: 16. Codie Taylor, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Nepo Laulala, 19. Jeremy Thrush, 20. Liam Messam, 21. Andy Ellis, 22. Colin Slade, 23. Ryan Crotty.
      Last edited by garryowen2323; 16th-July-2015, 00:44.

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        #4
        Wallabies expected to name Hooper, Higginbotham, Genia, Cooper, Giteau at 7/8/9/10/12. Remaining places as expected

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          #5
          Last game in ChCh for Carter and Kung Ruchie the Furst.

          Ní beidh a leithéad arís ann.
          Ceterum censeo INM irrumandum esse.

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            #6
            Wallabies team (v Springboks)

            15. Israel Folau, 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Matt Giteau, 11. Rob Horne, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia; 8. Scott Higginbotham, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Scott Fardy; 5. Will Skelton, 4. Rob Simmons; 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. James Slipper.

            Subs: 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Greg Holmes, 19. James Horwill, 20. David Pocock, 21. Nick Phipps, 22. Matt Toomua, 23. Drew Mitchell.

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              #7
              Argentina team (v All Blacks)

              15. Joaquin Tuculet, 14. Horacio Agulla, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 12. Jeronimo De la Fuente, 11. Santiago Cordero, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 9. Tomas Cubelli, 8. Facundo Isa, 7. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6. Juan Manuel Leguizamon; 5. Guido Petti Pagadizabal, 4. Manuel Carizza, 3. Ramiro Herrera, 2. Agustin Creevy (captain), 1. Marcos Ayerza.

              Subs: 16. Julian Montoya, 17. Lucas Noguera, 18. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19. Benjamin Macome, 20. Javier Ortega Desio, 21. Martin Landajo, 22. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.

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                #8
                So even fewer games for SH players this year, lucky that the ticket prices for the RWC and the Lions tour will keep them in the manor to which they have become accustomed.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by the plastic paddy View Post
                  So even fewer games for SH players this year
                  Depends if they make it to the RWC semi-finals or not!

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                    #10
                    creevy is an animal, what a player. so mobile, so powerful

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                      #11
                      11-6 coming up to half time
                      I am the million man.

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                        #12
                        Nonu just bulled his way through about 5 tackles in the space of 4 yards to score in the corner

                        18-6 haltime in Christchurch
                        I am the million man.

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                          #13
                          All hail the God-Kung Ruchie, all hail!
                          Ceterum censeo INM irrumandum esse.

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                            #14


                            Hansen slams 'bloody boring' lineout drives

                            2015-07-17 13:59
                            Steve Hansen (Gallo Images)

                            Christchurch - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen appealed on Friday for World Rugby to change the laws and allow defending sides to collapse lineout drives.


                            His outburst came after the All Blacks had beaten Argentina 39-18 in their Rugby Championship clash in Christchurch, scoring five tries to two and with both Pumas tries coming from what Hansen described as "bloody boring" lineout drives.
                            "I think it's illegal obstruction," Hansen said, adding he expected South Africa to employ the same tactic when the All Blacks play the Springboks in Johannesburg next weekend.
                            The massed forward drive from a lineout has become a potent try-scoring weapon for teams with big packs and Hansen said he did not believe it should be removed from the game, rather he wanted a "fair contest".
                            "The easiest way is to say you can collapse it. There's never been anyone injured in a collapsed maul yet and there's thousands of them every week that get penalised," he said.
                            "So make it legal (to collapse a drive) and then it becomes half pie a fair contest. One of the charters of the game is everything's got to be a fair contest and I don't believe lineout drives are."
                            All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, however, acknowledged that he also enjoyed being on the right side of a lineout drive, and suggested they would become a common tactic at the World Cup starting in England in September.
                            "The big boys up front, when we get the chance at it, we rub our hands together and you've got to make sure you have a way of stopping it as well," he said.
                            "There's no doubt as we go on this year there's going to be a fair bit of it I'd suggest."
                            McCaw, who scored the All Blacks opening try against Argentina when driving around the front of a lineout, also blamed his own side's lack of discipline for allowing Argentina to get into a position to score their points.
                            Along with McCaw, Ma'a Nonu, Charles Piutau, Kieran Read and Codie Taylor scored tries against Argentina with Dan Carter kicking four conversions and two penalties.
                            Argentina's points came from Creevy's double and two penalties and a conversion by Nicolas Sanchez.
                            I am the million man.

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                              #15
                              Hah what bollox from Hansen

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