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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2013, 07:48:15 am »
The Graun have now published places 11 to 30 and the only one of my top 10 to have appeared is John Dawes at no. 24. That's pretty harsh. It would be hard to argue that there was ever a better set of lions than the 1971 tour to New Zealand, which the Lions won and of which Dawes was captain.
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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2013, 11:37:53 am »
The Graun have now published places 11 to 30 and the only one of my top 10 to have appeared is John Dawes at no. 24. That's pretty harsh. It would be hard to argue that there was ever a better set of lions than the 1971 tour to New Zealand, which the Lions won and of which Dawes was captain.

I suppose it depends on their definition of "Greatest".  Dawes was massively influential but only went on one tour, how do you compare that to someone who went on three or four?
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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2013, 12:05:49 am »
The Grauniad, along with a few elder statesmen of UK rugby, are selecting their 50 greatest lions of all time.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/interactive/2013/jun/04/rugby-union-50-greatest-british-irish-lions give nos 31to 50.

I'm a bit surprised that some of those players are so low, Graham Price and Johnny Wilkinson particularly.

My guess for the Top 10:

Gareth Edwards
John Dawes
Willy John McBride
Phil Bennett
JPR Williams
Gerald Davies
Barry John
Mike Gibson
Mervyn Davies
John Taylor

Sandy Carmichael, John Pullin and Fergus Slattery must be up there somewhere as well.

Eight of my top 10 were also in the Graun's list. Martin Johnson and Brian O'Driscoll were the two I overlooked, but I'd never place either ahead of Dawes. The dominance of the Welsh side in the 1970s, and the fine Lions sides which were moulded round them, were as much a result of creative thinking about the game of rugby as the physical side, and John Dawes was at the heart of that.
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citoyen

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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2013, 05:10:15 pm »
Christian Wade called up as cover. Astonishing. I certainly think he's up to it but I'm surprised none the less. Can't see him starting any of the Tests but he could be a good impact sub.

Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2013, 08:07:04 am »
Even more extrordinarily, Shane Williams has been called up for the midweek match.  I thought it was a prank story when I read it but apparently not.  It's an extraordinary move!  I guess the test side has been selected and is being protected, and I detect an element of Gatts mischief following on from the weak sides fielded by some of the Aussie sides early on in the tour.

citoyen

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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #30 on: June 16, 2013, 09:53:58 am »
Extraordinary indeed.

It could be mischief but it could be purely practical - who else is available who would really merit a Lions place?

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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #31 on: June 16, 2013, 10:07:14 am »
Extraordinary indeed.

It could be mischief but it could be purely practical - who else is available who would really merit a Lions place?

I think it's just pure practicality!  Shane's already in Australia doing some commentary work!
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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #32 on: June 16, 2013, 01:34:22 pm »
In other news, all those Welshmen Down Under were not available for the national side  . . .  which lost to Japan in Tokyo, 23-8.
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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #33 on: June 18, 2013, 01:18:37 pm »
Oops.

(Got distracted this morning so missed the game - could only have watched on Live Text on BBC Website anyway). Probably a good thing.
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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #34 on: June 22, 2013, 12:00:16 pm »
This game looks like a hum-dinger. I'm following it onthe Graun text commentary and I'm perched on the edge of my seat.
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citoyen

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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #35 on: June 22, 2013, 12:02:15 pm »
Fantastic first half. North vs Folau is already turning out to be an epic contest.

Also, how many Will Genias are there? He seems to be everywhere. Amazing player.

Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #36 on: June 22, 2013, 12:37:51 pm »
The referees a wan&er...

citoyen

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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #37 on: June 22, 2013, 12:39:31 pm »
Fan of Owen Farrell though I am, Sexton has shown today exactly why he's first choice at 10. Quality in every department.

Between him and Genia for man of the match, I reckon.

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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #38 on: June 22, 2013, 01:06:57 pm »
Managed to see 10 mins near the start and the last 10 mins. Nailbiting stuff.
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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #39 on: June 25, 2013, 11:59:36 am »
Today's game seems to be a bit more relaxing to watch.
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citoyen

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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #40 on: June 25, 2013, 03:24:57 pm »
I've got it recorded to watch later. Doesn't sound like there was much to give Gatland cause for a dilemma over his selections for Saturday though. Maybe Ben Youngs has a chance of starting ahead of Mike Philips?

O'Connell will be a big loss in the next Test. I thought he was excellent last weekend. The scrum looked a lot weaker after Jones and Corbisiero went off, but it probably didn't help that O'Connell was playing with a broken arm for the last half hour!

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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #41 on: June 25, 2013, 04:03:32 pm »
Sadly, I don't get to watch it - unless there is some non-Murdoch free/internet-based channel on which to do so.
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citoyen

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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #42 on: June 25, 2013, 05:17:06 pm »
I bit the bullet and upgraded my Sky package to include the sports channels for the duration of the Tests. I suppose I could go to the pub or the rugby club to watch it, but then I'd be forced into sociable boozing, and I'm trying to avoid booze at the moment.

You can probably find a dodgy live stream on the internet. I sometimes watch cycling this way, though my internet connection is rubbish so it often doesn't work very well for me.

Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #43 on: June 25, 2013, 06:28:49 pm »
We used to get Sky for 12 months to cover the Ashes and then cancel. After 6 months or so they'd start with the "pay half price for a year" offers. We'd take them up just in time to cover the Ashes again, then cancel again after 12 months.

The rejigged Ashes scheduling has messed up this plan royally.
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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #44 on: June 29, 2013, 12:39:50 pm »
Another nail-biter...
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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #45 on: June 29, 2013, 12:46:59 pm »
Bollocks!
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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #46 on: June 29, 2013, 12:52:27 pm »
And bugger.
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Jaded

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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #47 on: June 29, 2013, 01:42:52 pm »
Just finished watching it in slipped time.

Same result, I'm afraid.
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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #48 on: June 29, 2013, 07:57:43 pm »
Poor line outs (including the one right down Australia's end with a few minutes to go).

George North promoted to tackling legend with that effort on Israel Folau.
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citoyen

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Re: Lions tour 2013
« Reply #49 on: June 30, 2013, 10:07:45 am »
For anyone who missed it:
http://youtu.be/zVgc2JVNGaE

I have a feeling we'll be seeing that clip for years to come. He's lucky to walk away from it though - could have seriously injured himself the way he came down on his head.

Also enjoyed BOD's massive hit on Ashley-Cooper(?) early on.

I thought it was a good game. Very tense and nervy though, hence a lot of mistakes by both sides. Kind of a good thing Australia nicked it, if only because it means the last test isn't a dead rubber.