The naming of the England side to face France on Saturday, and indeed the whole England squad, suggests that Yoda Ashton has decided to jump on the nostalgia bandwagon that is an inescable part of modern life. With Christmas rapidly approaching, and to tie in with the Rugby World Cup, I think the RFU would do well to release an England Old Skool compilation album, feturing such titles as:
Fans travelling to the quarter-final to be held at the Millennium Stadium on 6th October have today been informed that there will be only one train back to London, 30 minutes after the final whistle. Anyone who has attended a match in Cardiff will tell you that there is no way you can get into the station within thirty minutes, unless you shoot everyone in front of you in the queue.*
We all know that New Zealand take a great deal of pride in the Haka, it is a motivational tool, a symbol of their cultural heritage, and a chance to scare the opposition a bit. Also, you disrespect it at your peril, as Wales discovered last year at the Millennium Stadium.
Frank Hadden, coach of the most improved team of the summer if last weekend is anything to go by has announced his squad for the Rugby World Cup. The only uncapped player to make the final thirty is Glasgow flanker John Barclay.
Jerry Guscott really gets on my nerves. Whatever the pros and cons of Andy Farrell’s inclusion in the England Rugby World Cup squad, and there are plenty of both, Guscott cannot resist having a pop at the former GB Rugby League captain.
We all know the score, New Zealand look unstoppable in-between World Cups, and then for some reason come the actual tournament itself they cock it all up. Let’s look at the full list of excuses/reasons for them losing since their solitary win in 1987, and then have your say in our poll.
1991, Wales are in crisis (sounds familiar), but are still expected to beat Western Samoa at the old Arms Park. However, life has a way of kicking you up the arse, as the home team discovered.
Wales have named their Rugby World Cup squad and coach Gareth Jenkins has dispatched the second member of the boilerhouse that helped win the Grand Slam for Wales. Walestralian Brent Cockbain was left out of the huge 41-strong initial training squad and now Robert Sidoli, the rangy Cardiff second-row, has been rejected in favour of Will James. James, who plays for Gloucester, only began his Premiership career 18 months ago and qualifies for Wales through his parents.