Monday, 8 February 2016

Six Nations round 1 - Verdict


So here’s the official TF verdict on round 1 of the 2016 RBS Six Nations:

ENGLAND – hardly a brave new world. Unspectacular, effective and a familiar propensity for giving away stupid penalties.

SCOTLAND – apparently the best side Scotland have had for years. The players clearly didn’t get the memo.

WALES – Warrenball 2.0. Plenty of bish. Lots of bosh. Subtle it wasn’t.

IRELAND – could easily have folded when faced with the Welsh 2nd half onslaught but held firm - encouraging, considering the experience missing from the team.

FRANCE – may one day discover that exciting, running rugby and robust forward play are not mutually exclusive. When that day comes, watch out.

ITALY – there’s only so often one can commend Italy’s bravery. Ultimately bottled the chance to beat France in Paris.

Team of round 1: 

15. Medard (Fr) 14. Nowell (Eng) 13. Campagnaro (It) 12. Roberts (Wal) 11. Vakatawa (Fr) 10. Priestland (Wal) 9. Murray (Ire) 1. McGrath (Ire) 2. Hartley (Eng) 3. Lee (Wal) 4. Kruis (Eng) 5. Biagi (Ita) 6. Stander (Ire) 7. Hardie (Sco) 8. B. Vunipola (Eng).

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Aye, aye, Cap'n Jack

My verdict on week one of Six Nations 2016 can come later - I'll just make do with this for now…



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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Out of My League

Time once more to pick a Fantasy 6N team…

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CLICK HERE, register, pick your team and enter League code 1262791-31244 to enter 'Out of My League'.

Just a bit of fun...

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Goggle it

World Rugby (aka the artist formerly known as the IRB) has recently announced that it is trialling “Rugby Goggles” in an effort to allow players who need to wear corrective lenses to do so safely while playing rugby.

The Rugby Goggles, manufactured by Italian company Raleri, have apparently undergone a series of rigorous tests designed to ensure that they are as safe as possible for use on the pitch.

Reports that there are also plans to trial post-match “Beer Goggles” appear wide of the mark, although an RFU spokesperson has confirmed that a proposal to introduce an England “rose-tinted” version of the Rugby Goggles is under consideration.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Total Flanker Approves #2

I know we probably shouldn't heap undue pressure on the shoulders of up-and-coming young players but, having watched Maro Itoje's immense performance against Bath this weekend, there's little doubt in my mind that the young Saracen should, at the very least, be in the England match day 23.



Have a TF seal of approval, young man.

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