Tag Archives: Wales

516. Ned’s Invited To A Party At Tony Brown’s House

I’m heading south tomorrow for the big shindig in Dunedin. And LittleDavyOne is taking a break from Typing and Tapestry studies at Balclutha Polytechnic to join me. So it could be a famously disreputable weekend which we will never discuss … Continue reading

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513. Weekend Rugby Wrap

All Blacks 39 – 21 Wales Wallabies 28 – 39 England South Africa 20 – 26 Ireland By hokey, isn’t it good to have international footy back on? And, away from the singularity of a World Cup, we’re back to … Continue reading

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512. Five things that could go wrong tonight

Yes, yes, yes. The All Blacks are favourites to win tonight. The TAB has them at $1.07, with Wales at $7.50, and the winning margin split at 17.5 points.  We play the game not to see how clever the bookies … Continue reading

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511. All Backs 19 – 0 Wales

Now this one is from 31 May 1969: the first test, played at Lancaster Park. And it’s worth remembering for a few things, starting with some names that will generate a frisson of excitement for kiwis of a certain age. For the … Continue reading

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510. The Replacements

It is not fair to compare the newish players stepping into the shoes of Woodcock, McCaw, Carter, Nonu and Smith, as selected by Shag for the first test against the Welsh So that is what I will now do, because … Continue reading

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476. From The Couch: Quarter-Final #1

South Africa 23 – 19 Wales What a cracking game to start the quarter-finals. For a start, that’s a tribute to the discipline of all the players and the accuracy of the referees. No ill-discipline offences, clean and clear rucks, … Continue reading

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471. Picking The Quarter-Finals

Let’s be clear about this: what will be, will be. Any of these eight teams can win on the day. A favourite can lose the plot, an underdog can find a once in a lifetime performance. But a pundit, a … Continue reading

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412. The Critical Injuries Begin

Very sad news from Wales that Leigh Halfpenny, their excellent and high-scoring fullback, did his anterior cruciate ligament in the last warm-up match against Ireland on the weekend, and is out of RWC2015. Young halfback Rhys Webb is also out … Continue reading

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410. Law 3.5

Robert Kitson at The Guardian has done the digging on the risks that Australia and Wales face at RWC2015 by only having two hookers in their squads: Wales and Australia will receive no sympathy from Rugby World Cup organisers if their decision … Continue reading

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407. Five or Six

There’s been a fair amount of discussion amongst rugby-heads this week about a Welsh proposal to increase the points for a try from five to six points and reduce goal and drop kicks to two points. The idea is to … Continue reading

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