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Tryless bore fest in the rain or not a wins a win and if your team can't play in all conditions they're not a great team. Now how to get the Scots to play in decent weather....Any Lions speculation now is ridiculous. Any coach that picks on last years form is doomed to failure.
I think everyone needs to calm about the Lions squad. We have the AI's coming up and Gatland will be looking at who does well against Australia during this series. And yes, Scotland only beat Oz because of the weather. Look at the scalps they've had in recent times (Oz and SA) and they've all been tryless bore-fests played in a mud bath.
I'd consider Grey and Denton from the Scottish team, but that's it. The national team is still a work in progress.
I think our northern friends need to calm down a little on Rennie - the main reason Scotland won against Australia was the weather, not Rennie negating Pocock. - if it had been a dry day, the Aussies would have smashed Scotland. Warburton is by far the best 7 in the NH, Rennie would be lucky to make the flight over. Starting wings wouldn't be Scottish either. North, Bowe, Ashton are the best in NH
Agree that Jerry's usual blinkered approach to the Scots is showing through here! Surely we need a real 7 who is good over the ball to combat Pocock and the best around at that sort of game is Rennie - better than both the Welsh guys. Also Visser has scored more tries than North and Cuthbert in league and is currently top scorer so why is he not mentioned? Robshaw is not a 7!
Hi Jez, did you watch drugs live on channel 4?
As usual Jerry ignores the Scottish choices in his comments. If George North would be in a Lions team picked today surely Tim Visser would have to be on the other wing his performances so far this season have been stunning. Ross Rennie would also seem a good choice for the Lions open side. Would say Rennie is best OSF in GB&I options.
Hi Jerry, Despite all the current uncertainty over the Heineken Cup, which 8 teams do you think will progress to the knockout phase? There are some interesting groups and hopefully it will be another cracking season, especially if it may be one of the last.
For the openside debate, who ever said Rennie had stopped Pocock in the summer test has completely forgot about the scottish like monsoon that happened during the game which negated the Oz backrow and backline. Ross Rennie is 3rd best openside for GB lions at the moment and i mean real opensides, not Robshaw and O'Brien. Likelyhood being the Welsh boys being the opensides for the tour..
Yeah it's a bit of a minefield politically. Personally I'd say it's down to the individual players to make their own minds up, my point was more about the section of the country than the paticipants. In terms of team GB I'd say team UK would be more appropriate but you do have places like the Channel Islands that are still not included in that so even then it wouldn't be completely accurate.
@14 Not that unique. We have the same thing with cricket. Rory Mclroy is having to make a decision who he want's to play for at the Olympics. Personally if the FAI and IFA had any sense they would be fielding one team - but politically that would be... well a disaster Personally until team GB officially adopt GB&NI or 'UK' then I'd hope most of our players would play for Ireland.
@11 Not wrong just difficult to convey meaning in BBC confined terms. If they were to represent Ireland at the Olympics it would be as ROI. The Ireland that we have in rugby is pretty unique to rugby. Hence those athletes born in NI are competing for ROI not Ireland. The olympics are full of athletes born in one country representing another Mo Farrah a prime example.
@9- A good view of the last Olympic hopefuls - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-19019557Personally I think the rugby players will be representing Ireland, as they do in the 6 nations
Luther Burrell's start to the season at Saints. Potential England call up?Mallinder seems to have a knack for getting the best of ex Sale players.
@9: You are actually wrong in this , boxers from NI including Wayne McCullough and Paddy Barnes have won medals. Indeed Thirteen of twenty Northern Ireland athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games represented Ireland.
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