British & Irish Lions to Australia 2013

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  1. Wildman

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    Hey, Aussies. 125 Years of British & Irish Lions heritage coming your way!

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    First question is, who will captain the Lions?

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    I reckon O'Driscoll! :evil
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  2. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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  3. Wildman

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    Halfpenny
    Hogg
    Kearney
    Bowe
    Cuthbert
    Maitland
    North
    Davies
    O'Driscoll
    Roberts
    Tuilagi
    Farrell
    Sexton
    Murray
    Phillips
    Youngs B

    Cole
    Healy
    Jenkins
    Jones
    Stevens
    Vunipola
    Hartley
    Hibbard
    Youngs T
    Evans
    Gray
    Wyn Jones
    O'Connell
    Parling
    Croft
    Faletau
    Heaslip
    Lydiate
    O'Brien
    Tipuric
    Warburton (Captain)

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  4. Wildman

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    Personally, I'm a little underwhelmed. No young dynamic up-coming players like Christian Wade or Joe Launchbury. Several players unproven or unconvincing at this level since returning from injury like Croft, Gray and Lydiate (although I'd have taken the risk with Lydiate) and some strange selections with Murray over Laidlaw or Care, Hartley over Best, Stevens over Grant and Farrell over Wilkinson (or over anyone else who owns a pair of boots and can break into a trot). There's only two outside halves and one inside centre leaving us desperately weak in midfield. For me, I'd have found room for Wade and Launchbury, chosen Hines over Gray or Evans and taken either James Hook, Billy Twelvetrees or Ollie Barclay as cover at 10/12.

    Never mind; bring it on!
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  5. RhinoVonHawkrider

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    Looking forward to it, but the time change is a fcuking killer for us in USA's eastern time zone
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  6. George Papadopolis

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    Im crushed Gatland couldn't find a spot for Henson...you know he tried!
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  7. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    They couldn't afford the bar bill or the suntan bill.
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  8. Wildman

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    Whilst 10/12 is an area of weakness, I think there were a few ahead of Gav in Gat's thinking like Hook, Laidlaw and Twelvetrees. I like Henson and find it easier to forgive him his "eccentricities" compared to the likes of Tuilagi but I suspect he's one of those guys, like Tom Varndell, who blotted their copy-book with the "management" early on in their career and will never find a way back no matter how hard they try or how well they play.
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  9. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    Im finding it hard to get excited about international rugby since the rule changes have reduced the number of players at the breakdown.
    Nothing worse than seeing backs running into 120kg forwards in the backline for 80 minutes.
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  10. George Papadopolis

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    Two USA nationals Zee Ngwenya and Samu Manoa are in the Barbarian side face off against the BI Lions in Hong Kong. Zee has greatly improved his all around game and many consider Samu to be one of the best forwards playing in England. Just have to figure out how to see it. Tehy are bothe playing for the Eagles the following week against a down manned Irish side that I think is in for some real trouble.
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  11. Wildman

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    Manoa's had a great season playing for Saints. I saw him get the "man of the match" accolade in a game earlier in the season; very impressive.
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  12. Wildman

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    Petulant tosser reveals his true colours in the Aviva Premiership Final (just in case there was any doubt how much of a tosser he really was) ...

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    ... leading to am eleven week ban, meaning ...

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    Should've been in the squad in the first place as I said above.
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  13. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    What a dickhead.
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  14. Oscar

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    Wayne Barnes or Dylan Hartley?
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  15. George Papadopolis

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    Barbarians were gash, particularly dissapointed in Manoa's performance. Seems like the BaBas are a sad joke lately, I think the professipnal era has finaly taken its toll on them as it seems they literely have nothing to play for.
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  16. George Papadopolis

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    Still a bit peeved from 2007?
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  17. Wildman

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    That was Alain Roland. Wasn't it? :scratch

    Edit: Oh, the All Blacks v France match! Got it.
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  18. Oscar

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    A forward pass that cost us the game? Nooooooooooooooo....:kboom

    Barnes has had his moments since then.
    Feckin' idjut.
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  19. Oscar

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    Jeez, Hartley has done the trifecta - he's been suspended for biting, eye gouging and punching, and I see he's from Rotorua. What is the RFU's fascination with second rate NZ players?
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  20. RhinoVonHawkrider

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    :rofl:rofl

    Ouch!

    Most of the World will take NZ scraps
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