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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    Do you think the West Indies should disband then?
    I think using a cricket argument is a bit different to a rugby argument, given the West Indies are one of only ten test playing nations and the individual nations which make up the Windies would not, by themselves, achieve test status. In a rugby context the sum of the Pacific nations doesn't, at least in my view, form a side that much superior to Tonga/Samoa/Fiji playing as their own country, as well as the test caps awarded for matches involving Tonga/Samoa/Fiji anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    Yeah good luck to them. It makes me pleased to see when people behave in a generous fashion and include another country in their competition for the growth of the sport. The 5 nations did it. And now the Tri Nations have done it.

    I sometimes wonder if Argentina may have been better off joining the 6 nations because then they could have beaten up on Italy and had good games with which ever home nation was having a poor year. But geography advised that we were the better fit.
    I think the other key advantage is that most of the Argentine players are associated with European clubs anyway. They'd certainly be pressing for a top four finish given the performances of the Irish, Scots and Italians in the last Six Nations. I guess much of the anti-Argentina crowd base their view on travel. From what I understand, travelling from SA to Argentina, and vice versa, involves going through relatively fewer timezone changes than from Europe. With Aus/NZ already having to visit SA, I guess from a travel perspective it might be more sensible to tag on Argentina to the Tri Nations than to the Six Nations, where travel is hardly a factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    They can compete but not topple one of the top teams.

    If they competed as Pacific Islands they would be a legit chance to win the whole thing.
    Well, Tonga beat France at the World Cup and Samoa beat Australia a few months prior. Fiji drew against Wales, in Wales, at the end of 2010. And if the top teams actually played in the Islands, the home crowds would certainly be a factor also, much like in Argentina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    The Tri Nations (or whatever its calling itself now the Argies have been enfranchised) starts again this weekend. Hope Los Pumas put on a good show and maybe sneak the odd win.

    Find them altogether less disagreeable as a rugby nation than a football one.
    I think their best chance of a victory comes at home against Australia in the final round. I think they'll struggle against South Africa and find travelling down under difficult. New Zealand will probably be too strong and have the advantage of playing with a rest week beforehand. So I'd be placing my money on Argentina, if they're to taste success, to beat Australia at the conclusion of the tournament.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    Do you think the West Indies should disband then?
    No. The West Indies vs the PI's is a very different situation. The WI was founded as the WI and it works (most of the time).
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    So I've watched 5 minutes and already the ABs have shredded our defence twice. Could be a long night, methinks...

    EDIT Bloody hell. Schoolboy. Could so easily have been 3 tries instead of one...
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    What were they thinking there?! High-jinks. Australia lucky to come out of that unscathed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Ed_ View Post
    What were they thinking there?! High-jinks. Australia lucky to come out of that unscathed.
    Insane stuff. ABs look sharp but fmd we've been poor ever since I started watching (at like ~7 mins in)

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    /facepalm

    How do you **** those up? Srsly.

    Edit: Indeed.

    EDIT2: Oh, and can someone tell the Wallabies that the pitch is greater than 30m wide.
    Last edited by Spark; 18-08-2012 at 04:43 AM.

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    get doherty out there
    Indians can't bowl - Where has the rumour come from as I myself and many indian friends arwe competent fast bowlers ?

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    Yay, some half-decent rugby, and points! Points!

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    Aaron Smith is the goods. Stay that way please son.

    Also, what is Kurtley Beale doing tonight? Mind on other things?

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    ABs have to have fluffed close to half a dozen potential tries tonight. Badly.

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    Woeful game. Shouldn't have bothered watching it, but you just hope that two teams like this can pull it together. Over officious refereeing didn't help either but still...
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    Wallabies are a horrible outfit

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