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    Jimmy Gopperth

    Ripping. He's just jumped in my estimation

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    When things go wrong, blame McGahan

    Best O/H in Leinster by a mile is JimmyG.


      he's taking the piss with the selfie stick now
      "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe


        The boy can surf. He's just been signed up with Billabong. Coincidentally Chris Whittaker's brother Tom was a pro surfer too.
        When things go wrong, blame McGahan


          I bet Viscount Wonderhair could do that given the chance.


            Mick Cleary, rugby union correspondent
            13 SEPTEMBER 2016 • 8:49PM
            Jimmy Gopperth may lack the celebrity profile of Wasps team-mates such as Danny Cipriani and Kurtley Beale but the New Zealand-born fly-half is proving to be the star turn. Gopperth, shunted to inside-centre to cover for injuries, has been a standout performer in Wasps’ unbeaten start to the season with two tries and 34 points in the victories over Exeter and Leicester. The understated man has become the highly rated one, the MVP of this early Premiership campaign.

            As befits a down-to-earth Kiwi from beachside Pihama in South Taranaki, the well-travelled Gopperth, whose surfboards are gathering dust in Coventry following his many wet-suited excursions in the North Sea during his four years at Newcastle, has no concerns about the more well-known of the Wasps’ squad claiming more of the limelight than he does. He does, however, insist that he has his eyes on making a claim to the starting No 10 shirt once injuries to centres Kyle Eastmond and Beale clear up.

            “Every player wants to start, that’s a given,” said Gopperth, now in his second year at Wasps following his switch from Leinster. “It will be a battle for the shirt once we’re all fit. It’s up to us all to put our best foot forward and give the coaches the headache. It doesn’t rankle with me in the slightest that others might get more headlines. I get more pleasure in helping a team-mate score, making them look good or whatever, than I do seeing my name in the headlines.”

            Gopperth, 33, top Premiership points scorer in his first two years at Newcastle, has had a complete sea-change in his view of the English game since arriving here in 2009. “The perception was that it was a lot slower, the skill levels weren’t great, that it was physical and the weather as well as the surfaces were not that great either,” said Gopperth, once a Junior All Black who packed his bags in his mid-twenties when he saw the line of fly-halves in front of him, topped by Dan Carter. “There has been a massive change in my outlook, particularly since coming back here from Leinster. The standard in the Premiership has gone through the roof. There’s been a big shift in attitude, more of a desire to use the ball, play wide, score tries, put your skills out there. The league is still relentless and the toughest in the world in that regard. But there’s a lot of great rugby on show now.”

            As Gopperth himself is proving in the unfamiliar guise of a No 12, a position he last played as a starter back at the Junior World Cup in 2001, might is no longer the only right. Size still does have a part to play but Gopperth is no giant in the mould of a Ma’a Nonu or Jamie Roberts.

            It will be a battle for the shirt once we’re all fit. It’s up to us all to put our best foot forward and give the coaches the headache

            “Of course you need to gets stuck into contact, make your tackles and all that, but it is not the only way to have a presence in midfield,” said Gopperth. “It’s no longer all crash-ball. It is about finding space and exploiting it. The inside centre is a second receiver, the second fly-half, able to kick and pass.”

            Gopperth has an exemplary all-round game. He showed pace, balance and awareness in the mould of a Rory Underwood when skinning the Exeter defence for a try and then straightforward nous to get on the end of a driving maul last weekend. He is going well and Wasps are sitting pretty, already the only discernible challengers to Saracens.

            “We can’t beat about the bush, we know there are expectations of us out there,” said Gopperth. “But it’s about being consistent, about not going well one week and getting battered the next. That’s the way you give yourself a chance, a shot at the trophies.” As the model of consistency, Gopperth is setting just the right example.
            My computer thinks I'm gay
            What's the difference anyway
            When all the people do all day
            Is stare into a phone


              Has "Jimmy no tackles" learnt to tackle?!?!

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                Interesting he thinks the quality of play in premiership has massively improved. I wonder I'd this due to more money drawing more quality foreign players or, more worryingly for us, an improvement in coaching standards?

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                The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
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                  I'd say a lot has to do with which league puts food on his table currently.

                  And how much is "a lot?".