England have named their team to face France on Saturday, and Yoda Ashton has given the biggest indication yet of what his strongest team will be in the Rugby World Cup, minus the insect-mauled Andrew Sheridan. Perry Freshwater replaces him.
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.
Abridged expalnation: Extra time, Matt Dawson, Jonny Wilkinson, Bosh, World Champions, shit for the next four years.
Once Eddie O’Sullivan had finished crying after his teams abject display against the Scots, he decided to name his Rugby World Cup squad. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the players from Saturday’s cowpat of a second team did not make it.
Yoda Ashton has announced his Rugby World Cup squad slightly ahead of schedule, perhaps because he fancies watching Transformers at the cinema tomorrow or something. Either way, the players that will be going back to their clubs instead of going to France are: Nick Abendanon, Danny Cipriani , Toby Flood, James Haskell, Charlie Hodgson, Tom Palmer, Mike Tindall, Kevin Yates.