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Manu Tuilagi smashes Tom Williams


Top14 player imposter!


JDV smashed by Benoit August


The Northampton Saints 30m scrum!


Bastareaud huge hit on Rory Lamont


All Blacks skills - Pt 2 In the backyard


Trinh-Duc sets up Harinordoquy try


Wales vs England 1999


Greg Holmes great hit on Francois Louw



Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Tri Nations 2010 - By the Numbers

As we look forward to a big weekend of rugby with the Heineken Cup in Europe, lets have a quick look back at some key statistics from the Tri Nations, which finished a few weeks ago in Sydney.

As we all know, the All Blacks came up trumps as they played some fantastic rugby throughout and showed that they're back to their best. While South Africa and Australia tried in vain, they couldn't quite match the tempo and resilience shown by the men from New Zealand.

Total Rugby have come up with this interesting feature that highlights the top individual performers in the tournament in terms of the numbers. Broken down into categories, it goes through the top points scorers, the largest amount of metres run, lineouts won, top number of tackles, most offloads, turnovers, and then the top try scorers.

In most of the categories you can make an educated guess as to who leads the way. There's one or two surprise players showing up though, as well as an 'old timer' leading the way for the backs. No doubt the players mentioned will play a huge role in the World Cup next year.


Time: 03:45
Note: Thanks to IRB's Total Rugby show


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    By Anonymous Stuart, at October 05, 2010 9:21 pm  

  • Nice work from McCaw, but surprised by the Aussie turnover king.

    TotalRugby is a good series from the IRB.

    By Anonymous Ben, at October 05, 2010 9:30 pm  

  • lol wait till SBW gets on the offload count. Mils is a true legend of the game and by far the most talented in his position at the moment

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 05, 2010 9:35 pm  

  • interesting stats... its nice to know about the off loads and turn overs as sometimes in the heat off a match there not really noticed. but the off load counter running counter and turn over counter where really interesting !

    By Anonymous creggs08, at October 05, 2010 10:20 pm  

  • Not bad by Pocock but a lot of those turnovers were against South Africa, most were in that game in Brizzy P DIVVY didn't even have one specalist fetcher out there. Richie has change his game to more of a link man so he still the more all round player Redo doing more of the dirty work so thats freeing up Richie a lot more. Out of those test against Aus Richie still out played Pocock But it's only a matter of time when Pocock takes over as Num 1 openside still along away to the top.
    We all know when he is at the top cos every one will be moaning that he is a cheater.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 05, 2010 10:24 pm  

  • This tournament really needs Argentina in it! The intensity is great but I was sick of yet another SA v NZ match... those two play like 100 times a year.

    Plus I want to see the Pumas cry when constantly on the wrong side of big defeats.

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at October 05, 2010 11:10 pm  

  • Well, 3 actually. :)

    Argentina are joining, in 2012.

    By Anonymous Laz, at October 05, 2010 11:18 pm  

  • I wonder who'd top the "highest number of minor breakdown transgressions without sanction" count?!?! :)

    By Anonymous Von, at October 06, 2010 12:05 am  

  • Iv always been impressed with Burger... He seems like a more rounded player than Brussow... HB only seems to dominate at the breakdown where Burger is very mobile and even offers a line-out option.

    You gotta love Mills though, he really has been an amazing FB over the past few years, despite a lot of competition from Jane and now Dagg.

    Good stuff Millsy!!

    By Anonymous Nicko, at October 06, 2010 12:17 am  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 12:20 am  

  • "Anonymoussaid...Nice stats just goes to show that come AI time the NH poofs don't stand a chance."

    Yeah against NZ maybe, south africa & australia were shocking so not really worried about them so much this year.

    By Anonymous WelshOsprey, at October 06, 2010 1:02 am  

  • Haha, sure whatever Wales guy.
    You knucleheads say that every year about whoever comes second or third in the tri nations, and every year you have to eat your words.
    Just because NZ, the greatest team in rugby beats Aus and South Africa, it doesn;t mean for a second that vastly less skilled and dangerous European teams can do it.
    South Africa and Aus will still win the majority of their games on tour, as they almost always do.
    Wales will agin get thrashed, and again Welsh people will see positives in their defeats, like they always do.
    Something like "We played really good for those first 40 minutes, sure we lost by 20 points at home to a developmental squad, but if we can just play for 80 minutes those dastardly Souther Hemisphere teams will be quaking in their boots..."

    By Anonymous Pffft, at October 06, 2010 1:39 am  

  • Von said..

    I wonder who'd top the "highest number of minor breakdown transgressions without sanction" count?!?! :)


    I wonder who'd get the ''highest amount of headbutts without being carded'' count.

    Oh no he didn't.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at October 06, 2010 1:57 am  

  • Muliaina had a magic season. Lets hope he keeps it up for a Year.

    Great Clip RD.

    By Anonymous EARugbyFan, at October 06, 2010 2:21 am  

  • Wales are going to cream the boks and oz. the abs game is going to be close but we should win. Look at the second test in nz. we let them win. Who cares if we haven't beaten them in 50 years all that counts for nothing as those games were just friendlys. World cup is around the corner watch as wales reclaim the number one position like they did in 05 and 08.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 2:23 am  

  • I agee the tri nations are nothing, ireland won against the boks scot won against the oz and England almost won against the abs. Think this is the year for the NH teams. We (england) won against oz, destroyed them and then just played around with the maori's like they were a bunch of school kids. They didn't even break a sweat and managed to score tries. Abs first up for us hahaha going to be a waste of time. We have beaten the abs so many times its not funny.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 2:26 am  

  • Nice post, RD. Good to see the numbers side of the game.

    Just curious, do you people have "fantasy rugby" the way we do with NFL in the states? If so, then I'd think statistics like these would be important...ugh, hopefully it doesn't become as bad as the NFL, though, where every play results in some sort of record being set and statistics being thrown up on the television.

    By Anonymous falafel waffle, at October 06, 2010 2:53 am  

  • Pffft said...
    Haha, sure whatever Wales guy.
    You knucleheads say that every year about whoever comes second or third in the tri nations, and every year you have to eat your words.
    Just because NZ, the greatest team in rugby beats Aus and South Africa, it doesn;t mean for a second that vastly less skilled and dangerous European teams can do it.
    South Africa and Aus will still win the majority of their games on tour, as they almost always do.
    Wales will agin get thrashed, and again Welsh people will see positives in their defeats, like they always do.
    Something like "We played really good for those first 40 minutes, sure we lost by 20 points at home to a developmental squad, but if we can just play for 80 minutes those dastardly Souther Hemisphere teams will be quaking in their boots..."

    I said absolutely nothing about winning or beating them, just that NZ are streets ahead of anyone at the moment.

    By Anonymous WelshOsprey, at October 06, 2010 3:00 am  

  • Did the England team play the abs this year? I thought it's only against the Maoris?

    By Blogger Jeroz, at October 06, 2010 3:18 am  

  • yeah Jeroz they played the maori's and made the Maori's look like chump. Good thing M.J told them to take it easy and let them win it being their 100th and all.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 3:26 am  

  • That one James O'connor "try" was not, Habana got him out and was not counted, so why put it in the highlights reel total rugby?

    Don't be deceived, the Springboks started the 2010 Tri-Nations with 8 of their 2009 starting players out. Still, if you're talking about blooding players before the World Cup, then it was a success. de Jongh, Aplon and Hougaard all shone and should all be in the 22 for the World Cup.

    By Anonymous Demas, at October 06, 2010 4:15 am  

  • Also, the reason why Morne Steyn was the top point scorer this year was... he did not miss one international kick. Not one.

    By Anonymous Demas, at October 06, 2010 4:19 am  

  • Morne Steyn is a second rate player playing for a second rate team. You want to see world claxx watch the Wilkinson and Flood, the two best FH's in the world. South african's are so delusional it makes me laugh

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 4:25 am  

  • What good is being number 1 in the world if you're gonna choke at the world cup my kiwi friends? ;)

    By Anonymous ElTigre, at October 06, 2010 4:29 am  

  • Exactly, how many times have NZ won the world cup? none. How many times have England won it? 2 times. We rule the rest suck

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 4:32 am  

  • Whats hard winning world cups or winning consistantly?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 4:40 am  

  • "Anonymous said...Exactly, how many times have NZ won the world cup? none. How many times have England won it? 2 times. We rule the rest suck..."

    I don't know what world cup your on about .. lol but in the RUGBY world cup..New Zealand has won it once and so has England.. you just made yourself look like the biggest douche bag...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 5:19 am  

  • I'm not the english guy above, but NZ has not won it once. The 1987 one does not count, many Nzers will tell you this. It was an invitational friendly tournament and not a proper "world cup", if you may.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 5:24 am  

  • Never heard any Kiwi claim that the 1987 World Cup was an invitational friendly! And the argument that South Africa wasn't involved and therefore it doesn't count is irrelevant, as is the attempt to play down South Africa's success in 2007 based on them not playing Australia and New Zealand.

    If we are talking about World Cups, Australia are the best with 2 wins and one final.

    If we are talking about the best team in the world based on consistent success, it is the All Blacks.

    Was interested to see Burger's stats - he is more rounded than I thought - not so against a shift to number 8 for him any-more.

    Tackles McCaw is a great player and quickly heading to the best of all time in his position.

    By Anonymous Wolfman21, at October 06, 2010 5:33 am  

  • So why was 87 not a proper world cup? we makes a proper world cup?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 5:34 am  

  • So why was 87 not a proper world cup? we makes a proper world cup?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 5:34 am  

  • hahahah you gotta love the English guy talking up their Flyhalfs.

    Wilko can't get a game for you boys and Toby Flood is terrible!

    You were better off sticking with Cipriani but you morons let him come player super rugby instead.

    LOL at English Rugby.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 5:47 am  

  • South Africa has better stats than Australia come world cup time.. Played 4 World Cups, won 2. We aren't talking about making the finals, we're talking about WINNING it. 50% success rate.

    Yes, people stereotype Burger as a basher, not true, fantastic player.

    Loose trio for the Boks should be Brussow, Smith and Burger with Spies coming off the bench.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 5:51 am  

  • whatever sunshine, English rugby has alway lead the way in rugby. Our winning record speaks for itself. Flood is by far better than anything the SH can muster. Flood is going to win us another world cup.

    LOL at SH rugby what have you guys won since the boks won the 07 world cup? Nothing the NH have dominated, the french even smashed the so called mighty all blacks last year.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 5:51 am  

  • Hahahaha, some retarded English people on here.
    England and NZ have won the exact same number, one world cup each. 87 was just as much a world cup as any other, you idiots.
    Australia has the best history at the world cup anyway, two wins and one lost final, while South Africa is second with two wins from two finals.
    If your talking about games won over the history of rugby, it's NZ easily, followed by South africa.
    If you're talking about current results, the world rankings are where you need to look.
    The tri-nations have won about 75% of all games against non-tri nations opposition since 2003.
    They regularly spank the European teams (who get the odd win then crow about it for years).
    Currently the rankings read :
    1. NZ
    2. Aus
    3. SA

    Any way you look at it, it's obvious.

    By Anonymous Pfft, at October 06, 2010 5:54 am  

  • since when was 1987 not a world cup? And hasn't England only won the cup once??

    You gotta love the idiots who come on this blog and talk smack, it always brings a smile to my face

    :-)

    By Anonymous nicko, at October 06, 2010 5:54 am  

  • People this whole who is better the NH or the SH is retarded. There is a world ranking system and it says the SH is first, second and third... so that would make the SH better then the NH. It is not that difficult people!

    By Anonymous 2020, at October 06, 2010 5:55 am  

  • Don't be silly, Australia has played 6 World Cups and won 2... South Africa has only played 4 World Cups and won 2.

    At world cups then, the smart money will be put on South Africa, even if the politicians and coaching staff get in the players way.

    By Anonymous Demas, at October 06, 2010 5:58 am  

  • the rankings mean nothing. We beat oz and we don't even jump a spot? We have been very dominate lately and almost won the six nations yet still no movement.

    The rankings were introduced and ranked by the SH thats why non of the NH are ever on top. But its ok come AI its going to be another dominate preformance by the NH England espically and another lose for the SH teams. We have Abs up first and it looks like its going to be another lose for them. Can they even win a game up here? The abs are over rated and a Joke to world rugby.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 6:00 am  

  • Anon, NZ have won 18 test matches in a row.
    That includes two wins over France, as well as wins over England, Ireland, Wales and Itlay.
    England hasn't beaten them in about 6 years, I can't even remember when that was (2003?).

    England are the least of anyone's worries.

    England has won one game against Australia in the last 5. One in five, that's a winning percentage of 20%, meaning Australia has beaten them 80% of the time in the last three years.

    Shit, Ireland and Sctoland have never beaten NZ, and Wales did it once 50 years ago.

    Learn something about rugby.

    By Anonymous Bill, at October 06, 2010 6:00 am  

  • Bill its seems you've been sucked into the nz media Propaganda. NZ haven’t beaten England since before the 03. The last few England teams have only been playing development teams against nz. Look at the line ups and you’ll see that its has always been englands b and c teams. If NZ are so great then why can’t they win most of their games. Their winning percentage is like 40%, that’s pathetic!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 6:05 am  

  • hahahah England has always led the way in rugby??

    Iv never seen a player get more jitters than toby flood, I'm always happy when that idiot martin johnson selects him over Wilko.



    SH Flyhalfs (Carter, Steyn, Cooper, Giteau, Slade) would all walk into the England 10 jersey.

    England can't even win the 6 nations (most piss-poor tournament around)

    England have done dick all since 2003, yea that's a great winning record.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 6:07 am  

  • when I wake up in the morning I do the haka and pull my tongue out like this aye :P a demon is inside of me like aye get this demon out before it consumes me!!!!

    By Anonymous Sam Umi, at October 06, 2010 6:12 am  

  • LOL glad to see you English boys have a sense of humor about how well you guys have done since 2003.

    At the end of the day, a sense of humor can be a good tool to get you through times of hardship. ;-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 6:13 am  

  • Aha Anon, I see now that you are either
    a) a dickhead who is intentionally lying about things.
    b) the biggest idiot in history who has his head so far up his arse he can probably see daylight.

    By Anonymous Bill, at October 06, 2010 6:14 am  

  • Sam Umi definitely gets roasted by dudes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 6:15 am  

  • Simply put there is only one team in the world that even non rugby fans have heard, one team that has made non rugby fans go wow and the won team that every team loves to hate because of their success and the is ENGLAND!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 6:16 am  

  • USA to win the 2011 baseball world series!!!

    Debate me if you will guys but I'm 60% certain on this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 6:26 am  

  • England have played NZ 36 times. NZ have won 26 times and drawn once.

    Did you mean to write 18% winning record? Typos do happen.

    Your a funny man Anon!

    By Anonymous Stats for you, at October 06, 2010 6:28 am  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 6:33 am  

  • Also when was the last time the abs won a really world cup? Cause you can't honestly say the 87 was a real world cup when only club teams were playing.

    By Anonymous All Blacks are chumps, at October 06, 2010 6:36 am  

  • Im sorry, but Toby Flood is embarrassing not just to english rugby, but to world rugby as well. Woeful player.

    Morne Steyn, all he can do is kick, very boring fly-half to watch.

    Carter and Cooper are the two best in the world right now. Cooper is breaking the mould for fly-halves, very exciting to see him play.

    Also, England has nothing to be proud of. The Aviva prem is the worst pro club rugby league in the world, stats will back this up.

    Ireland and France lead the NH charge yet again for the AI, both capable of pulling off wins over all three SH teams, that cant be argued.
    As for Scotland, you played alright in the 6nations, but lets be real, you guys are very bad, wales are not much better.

    Enjoy lads
    ;)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 6:52 am  

  • Yeah, Anon you would think Cooper and Dan Carter are the best wouldn't you? You like all that flash and spring loaded sidesteps. Fact is Dan Carter was missing kicks more often than he was getting them. Not what you want from your flyhalf before going into a world cup, hmmm?

    Wilkinson was kicking at around 87% going into the 2003 world cup. Morne Steyn is currently kicking at 100%

    And yes, Steyn is such a boring flyhalf, that's why the Bulls were putting 50 points past most of their opposition in the s14 and Steyn was in the top 10 try scorers... right? South Africa has the talent, the all SA super rugby final showed that... they just need to get rid of those three idiots that are coaching the national side.

    By Anonymous Desmond Smit, at October 06, 2010 7:26 am  

  • Hey RD it would be awesome if you could just delete every comment on this post and then we could start over. This is frankly embarassing. Imagine if anybody new to the sport found this site and saw all you boofheads bickering. Would be enough to put people off for life.

    By Anonymous Nerk, at October 06, 2010 7:29 am  

  • @Nerk. Yes please RD delete all these posts! Also is it possible to stop anons from posting? Big mouths hiding behind anonymity.

    By Anonymous 2020, at October 06, 2010 8:16 am  

  • Oh come on, please be real! Like it or not, Dan "The Man" Cater is currently the best FH in the world. Cooper is going to walk into that spot in a few years, and hell, I'd even take Peter Grant over Flood any day!

    For someone from the home nations, anon, you are an embarassment when it comes to rugby knowledge, and this coming from a 3rd string nation citizen.

    There's no harm in being buyist when it comes to your country, I thought Portugal should have gone further in the last Football World Cup, but there's a difference between that and being delusional


    Cheers, RD

    By Blogger Xavier, at October 06, 2010 8:34 am  

  • There you go. I have now made my 2020 name official. It's not hard guys and girls, stop hidig behind anonymity.

    By Blogger 2020, at October 06, 2010 8:39 am  

  • I think it's obvious there were a handful of guys just having a laugh, messing around to wind everyone up. Most of the insulting/vulgar comments have been removed. If I missed any, apologies.

    Lets try keep things clean and encourage constructive debate rather than childish mudslinging.

    Regarding Anons, the new site (coming soon hopefully) will have a better commenting system.

    Cheers

    By Blogger RD, at October 06, 2010 9:27 am  

  • Would the ignorant Englishman in the anonymous profile please stop making really dumb comments like 1)England are leading the way in rugby
    2)The NH teams are going to thrash the SH teams.
    3)The games in the amateur days were 'friendlies' so don't count?
    4)1987 not being a real world cup. Even though the NZ rugby team was way ahead of any other nation in terms of proffesionalism...
    5)Toby Food being the best fly-half in the world!?!


    Please stop, you are making the NH rugby fans look like idiots. I am more than willing to accept that the SH are much better at international level. However, i would also like the SH to accept that their players are much fitter and better, not because they are much more skillfull or better athletes, but because they are much fitter due to their pre-season being longer and their actual season being MUCH shorter. For example a NH player can play up to 40 games in a season before the summer tours have even come around!
    Disagree if you want but i really don't think a James Hook or Brian O'Driscol is far behing any SH player.

    HUGHT

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 9:46 am  

  • Niiiiice

    By Anonymous Andy, at October 06, 2010 10:00 am  

  • England get all the shit players that can't even crack a All Blacks B side let alone a D side- Eg Flutey
    The savour of ENGLISH rugby as Stephen Jones put it the Greatest Kiwi hater in the world.
    Your back line is to light weight look at the AB's
    Weepu, DC, Nonu, Smith, Jane, Mills and Dagg then we could go Jimmy, DC,SBW,Fruen,Gear,dagg and Ranger
    England Little back line would be shitting there pants at this BEAST of a backline.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 11:17 am  

  • I love the way Mils at 30 is regarded as the oap.

    By Anonymous Nick, at October 06, 2010 11:49 am  

  • right.... i'm socttish and fully aware that we play boring rugby and have nothing to show off about. It's so difficult to rank the 10s, because they all offer different things, DC is the one you gotta have on your team. But if you have a backrow that could win penalties then you probably want steyn who can slot them from anywhere. English 10s are awful, Dan Parks probably offers more than them nowadays. Sexton is the future for british FHs.

    The SH is obviously better than us...the world cup will be interesting. Aside from the french, our only chance is to defend the SH sides to death.

    Fingers crossed!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 3:46 pm  

  • To the anon above me, Scotland are the most exciting international team in the NH. Constantly getting better, with the addition of some very talented backs, they play an adaptable sort of rugby with an amazing running game.

    The Scots are a brilliant team under Andy Robinson, they just need the infrastrcuture to be able to continue this rapid growth.

    The thing with them aswell, is that yes, they beat the Australians and the Irish, but you don't hear a lot of it. I don't hear a lot of Scots mouthing off about an odd win, like the English do with their minimal win rate over Australia / All Blacks, or the Welsh at how they ''nearly beat the All Blacks''.

    Scotland is a very likeable rugby team for these reasons.

    By Anonymous Josh, at October 06, 2010 4:33 pm  

  • Typo, sorry, infrastructure*

    By Anonymous Josh, at October 06, 2010 4:34 pm  

  • I like that comment about sexton being the future from the NH fly-halfs, because it is true. The bad thing is, if you compare him to any of the young SH FH's...

    LOL

    By Blogger shaz13, at October 06, 2010 4:51 pm  

  • Why does everyone hate the English? Thought it was the Safas and then more recently the Irish. Does it go in cycles? or is it just kids that use this website?

    By Anonymous Yawn, at October 06, 2010 4:59 pm  

  • Generally people hate those at the top of the ladder + the english. Not sure why. SA since 2007, Ireland since 2009, it'll be NZ for the next year, but I have no idea why there's such English abuse. That seems to be an ongoing thing!

    And nah, it's just kids who comment with childish and abusive comments..

    By Anonymous Flinto, at October 06, 2010 5:04 pm  

  • People don't like the teams on top because as soon as they get like that, the fans become EXTREMELY ARROGANT. Bottom line is, no one likes arrogance. The other bottom line is, most Irish / Welsh / English fans, live in a dream world and think one win out of five is a success story and that they are now ''world beaters''.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at October 06, 2010 5:40 pm  

  • Also to add to that, did anyone hate on the Scots for beating Australia? As Josh pointed out, as there was no arrogance or snubbery about it, it was fun. You barely ever hear it mentioned, but you hear how the Welsh ''nearly'' beat the All Blacks because they led 9-6 in the first half even though rugby is an 80 minute game.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at October 06, 2010 5:42 pm  

  • But there isn't much snobbery from the English here that i've ever read. They haven't got anything to be snobbish about. I'm just being realistic that's all. I mean c'mon. All I here the English do is slag their team off, and same in the papers. Always pessimistic. Quite the opposite.

    By Anonymous Andy, at October 06, 2010 5:49 pm  

  • Andy, totally agree. They get a rough ride but take it on the chin. People love to hate the English for some reason, not just within rugby. The Scots and Irish can't stand them historically, which I find quite sad tbh. Kids are brought up hating them, which isn't great.

    Anyway, it's the internet and Les Bleus, you can't really judge a nation based on a few keyboard warriors making comments. That goes for any nation. It's incredible what a bad image one muppet with a keyboard can make of a group of people.

    By Anonymous Flinto, at October 06, 2010 6:02 pm  

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    By Blogger shaz13, at October 06, 2010 7:14 pm  

  • The English did conquer Ireland. Not all of Scotland though. The men wore skirts in the middle of winter and painted their faces. I wouldn't have taken the risk either.

    By Anonymous Wallace, at October 06, 2010 7:50 pm  

  • hahaha Spies got dumped by pokock like it was nothing!!!! great stuff cant wait for the eoyt!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2010 8:08 pm  

  • England did not conquer Ireland at all. The only way Ulster split off from Ireland was because of a vote, not because England "conquered" them

    By Blogger shaz13, at October 06, 2010 8:23 pm  

  • People don't like the English because the screwed many countries over with greed.

    Smuggling opium into China? Colonizing (pilfering) the world? There is nothing to be proud about where English history is concerned. They are hated because they invaded a lot of countries.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at October 06, 2010 10:07 pm  

  • mils the man, my favourite all black player

    By Anonymous rosh, at October 06, 2010 10:11 pm  

  • Just a game Les Blues

    By Anonymous Andy, at October 06, 2010 11:24 pm  

  • Les Blues, I'm good friends with an English guy. He's about 25 years old and loves rugby and is generally a good bloke. I don't recall him ever mentioning anything about previous adventures pillaging and invading countries. Strange that. Good thing too, cos if he had, I'd probably hate him for it if it were my country. Luckily it happened hundreds of years ago so none of those people are alive.

    By Anonymous Ridonculous, at October 07, 2010 12:25 am  

  • Aussies don't hate the English, we just love kicking the crap out of them at sport.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 07, 2010 12:35 am  

  • that anonymous guy pretending to be english and giving the SH teams shit is not actually english i can tell you that, hell be some welsh or irish prick trying to get the world to hate the english rugby team and wind you all up

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 07, 2010 1:49 am  

  • Look at the AP and you will see it is the greatest comp in the world, why else would so many foreigners want to come here? England isn’t exactly know for its sun, beaches and life style. It’s the quality of rugby that is being played here. I hear a lot about people saying we haven’t won anything since 03 I can say the same about every other country bar SA. What has everyone else won huh? There is only on main comp in the world and that is the RWC. 6 nations, tri nations, June test, AI’s are all jokes and are just friendlies. If you look at the success of England you would clearly see that we rule the rugby world. Forget the win lose ratio it doesn’t matter when a team loses on purpose like we have been for the last 7 years.

    By Anonymous EnglandGlory4Eva, at October 07, 2010 2:33 am  

  • Look at the AP and you will see it is the greatest comp in the world, why else would so many foreigners want to come here? England isn’t exactly know for its sun, beaches and life style. It’s the quality of rugby that is being played here. I hear a lot about people saying we haven’t won anything since 03 I can say the same about every other country bar SA. What has everyone else won huh? There is only on main comp in the world and that is the RWC. 6 nations, tri nations, June test, AI’s are all jokes and are just friendlies. If you look at the success of England you would clearly see that we rule the rugby world. Forget the win lose ratio it doesn’t matter when a team loses on purpose like we have been for the last 7 years.

    By Anonymous EnglandGlory4Eva, at October 07, 2010 2:34 am  

  • I actually agree with the fake english guy. World Cup and Lions tours mean everything, all other competitions are yearly and mean very little.

    By Anonymous Christy, at October 07, 2010 4:07 am  

  • Actually the lions serious is a joke too. Why bother sending our best to those thrid world rugby countries when we win most of the games anyway.

    By Anonymous EnglandGlory4Eva, at October 07, 2010 4:18 am  

  • Yeah he's just a sad little troll man.
    Ignore him.

    By Anonymous Bill, at October 07, 2010 5:30 am  

  • Englandglory4eva,

    I can't actually believe you wasted your time pretending to be English and writing that.

    By Anonymous mind boggles, at October 07, 2010 11:06 am  

  • I'm pretty sure that a few of the Anonymous posters further up the board were impostors pretending to be English. I bloody hope so anyway.

    Les Bleus - although you may be right about the underlying reasons for people hating the English, it's a bit rich coming from a Frenchman (assuming you are). The French were just as busy during the Empire-building colonising days. They just weren't as good at it.

    By Anonymous Von, at October 07, 2010 2:43 pm  

  • Bravo!! Von.

    A quote from a film, think it's last of the mohicans

    'The french would rather make love with their own faces than fight'

    By Anonymous B, at October 07, 2010 3:42 pm  

  • Bl**dy hell can we stop with all the anti-english stuff (annoying as I am English). Also the jumped up little trolls attempting to pass themselves off as being English have forgotten that being polite, reasonable, reserved and moderate in your opinions is apparently an English trait and therefore their idiotic, brash opinions are contrary to most English rugby supporters.

    I thought this was a site for talking about rugby - not a site for those with the mental age of a 12year old and less charm

    By Anonymous NiWiTa, at October 08, 2010 3:03 pm  

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