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    Dammit, I was going to get tickets to that *humph*

    Anyway, Andrew's been quoted as saying "If you are a betting man you would think it is highly likely (no-one will be appointed by 3 February),". Wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anna
    Dammit, I was going to get tickets to that *humph*
    Looks quite an interesting squad for the World XV. From the Beeb:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/6154078.stm


    World XV team
    Dave Hewett (Edinburgh Gunners & Scotland), Fabio Ongaro (Saracens & Italy), Cobus Visagie (Saracens & South Africa), Simon Shaw (London Wasps & England), Alister Campbell (ACT Brumbies & Australia), Michael Owen (Newport Gwent Dragons & Wales), Jonny O'Connor (London Wasps & Ireland), Lawrence Dallaglio (captain - London Wasps & England Backs), Justin Marshall (vice-captain - Ospreys & New Zealand), Thomas Castaignede (Saracens & France), Drew Mitchell (Queensland Reds & Australia), Andy Farrell (Saracens), Ryan Cross (Western Force & Australia Rugby League), Clinton Schiscofske (Queensland Reds & Australia Rugby) League, Matt Perry (Bath & England)

    Replacements: Vernet Basualdo (Asociacion Alumni & Argentina) Nic Henderson (ACT Brumbies & Australia) Takuro Miuchi (NEC Rockets & Japan) David Croft (Queensland Reds & Australia) Gareth Cooper (Newport Gwent Dragons & Wales) Pablo Gomez Cora (Lomas Athletic (U.R.B.A) & Argentina) Thinus Delport (Worcester Warriors & South Africa)

    Dunno how competitive it'll be, mind. It has Ryan Cross & Clinton Schifcofske (the Beeb couldn't even be arsed to spell his name correctly!) in the starting XV &, as far as I know, neither has yet started a top-flight Union game! Both were playing NRL til very recently.
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    Schifcofske will go alright. Fair gun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    Schifcofske will go alright. Fair gun.
    I rate him too, but I don't think he's got the out-and-out gas for the wing. We'll see anyway.

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    Good to see fair gun Takuro Miuchi, Japan's captain getting a game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    We'll see after this weekend, my boy. Has his first taste of international Rugby (excluding all that 13 man gubbins); he plays for a World XV v yer Saffies at The Walkers Stadium.
    This game on tv btw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    This game on tv btw?
    Not sure.

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    yeah 3pm on sky i think
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    World XV looking quite poo. Might put the Everton game on.

    Finding the commentators love of Farrell quite sickening. Describing him as a legend of rugby league and such. Wonder what that makes Sculthorpe, who for two thirds of Farrell's career has been quicker, stronger, a far better kicker, has acheived more for his club and performed better for his country - out of position, too, as Farrell was wasting the 13 jersey. Although, tbf, I wouldn't expect any different from a union man. For a northern monkey to even be considered for a switch to union, he'd have to be an all time great in that tinpot 13 a side game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    World XV looking quite poo. Might put the Everton game on.

    Finding the commentators love of Farrell quite sickening. Describing him as a legend of rugby league and such. Wonder what that makes Sculthorpe, who for two thirds of Farrell's career has been quicker, stronger, a far better kicker, has acheived more for his club and performed better for his country - out of position, too, as Farrell was wasting the 13 jersey. Although, tbf, I wouldn't expect any different from a union man. For a northern monkey to even be considered for a switch to union, he'd have to be an all time great in that tinpot 13 a side game.
    Pretty shocking, TBH. Thought Cross did ok tho.

    WRT Sculthorpe, Phil Larder said he was considered but told the RFU he wasn't interested at all, which is why they went for Farrell, apparently. From yesterday's Guardian:

    http://sport.guardian.co.uk/rugbyuni...962335,00.html

    Andy Farrell's much-discussed move to rugby union was instigated by Sir Clive Woodward, who ordered a trawl for rugby league talent by two of his coaches, Phil Larder and Joe Lydon, after England lost all three Tests on their 2004 summer tour to New Zealand and Australia.

    "Clive gave us all objectives," said Larder this week. "Ours included bringing a couple of rugby league players in. Joe went his way, I went mine, watching matches, looking at a lot of youngsters, but I'm not brilliant at looking at a 19- or 20-year-old and saying that in three years' time he's going to be the best in the world in another sport."

    They then met at Larder's home in Yorkshire and agreed that each should list the first three names that would be written on the Great Britain rugby league teamsheet. Both named Paul Sculthorpe of St Helens, Farrell and Kris Radlinski, the Wigan full-back.

    "Joe had already spoken to Sculthorpe and he wasn't interested," said Larder, "but Farrell surprised us, and Wigan surprised us, by saying it might be on."

    The deal, jointly funded by Twickenham and Saracens, was eventually completed in March 2005 - by which time Woodward had resigned as England head coach, making way for Andy Robinson.

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    Interesting.


    And yeah, Cross looked alright. The lineout was awful though.



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