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The combined record of Welsh, Scottish and Italian teams in the Heineken Cup was W 5 D 1 L 36. Zebre, Llanelli and Edinburgh lost every game - that's relegation form.Should they be relegated to the Amlin Cup, to make way for better teams from the English and French top leagues?Yes we need to encourage teams from Italy etc, but surely the current situation risks damaging the Heineken Cup.
Good to see rugby played in different conditions last weekend. Lets hope that it puts and end to the marketing people's idea that the game can only be played on soccer type surfaces with no mud to try to attract new spectators with limited understanding of the game. (They can go and watch 7s). As for plastic pitches - what a joke! It's rugby where part of the skill is adjusting to the conditions.
Hi Jeremy, I am an ex-referee now a commentator on Local radio. I have a major concern that the laws of the game are now such that injuries are becoming all too prevalent and more andmore serious. Would be interested to hear your views
Mr Ichallen, I can see that, blooding of young talent. I do find it hard to get exited about it in the same way I do about the Premiership or Heineken Cup though.
@199, ferris will be back in time for the last couple of games of the 6N, plenty of time to prove his fitness in time for the lions, and if he proves he is fit, he is on the plane.
There were some interesting weather conditions to overcome this weekend by the Heinekin Cup sides, notably the snow at Leicester and the swimming pool at Biarritz. What was the worst conditions you have had to play in yourself and how well did the team cope?
Jerry, the salary cap is clearly a farce with clubs bypassing it through deferred payment arrangements, free accommodation, free flights, wives with nominal jobs etc. This has led to much frustration due to moral though not necessarily legal breach of the rules. What do you recommend is done to resolve this.
syd I follow the LV Cup. I used to see it as a waste of time but a lot of clubs use it to give players a run out who havent been starting many games, be that due to injury or up and coming players. The big clubs with bigger squads seem to be able to handle it this way, smaller clubs tend to put out more of a first XV. Burnout could be a problem for some.
Does anyone follow the LV= cup? Feels like a distraction in a cluttered calendar when players seem to risk burnout already.
Hi Jeremy, With Stephen Ferris, Tom Croft and Dan Lydiate all likely to miss part, or all, of the Six Nations, who is in pole position to start at 6 for the Lions in the summer? Thanks,@AMP_Rugby
@168 Yeah that's just being slightly disingenuous regarding Steve Hansen's comments. Of course England were far and away the better team, on the day. He wasn't actually saying England are a better team than the All Blacks. But you know that.
#175 If England can play at the level they did against NZ, then it will take a special performance from somebody else to stop them winning the title.It is unlikely they will play to that level, but certainly have a decent chance of the 6N. It wouldn't surprise me if they won a slam, but the same is also true for France, Ireland and Wales.
I love how when English fans show some belief in their team that they can win it is called arrogance. Even when it is backed up with logical reasons! 6N final standings: England, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Italy.
Can someone please tell me when the Welsh regions have performed as well as expected? I've been following the Ospreys since their creation and for all ten seasons can remember 2 or 3 top performances followed by 5-6 poor ones, same goes for the other 3 (4 once). Best any managed was the Blues winning the Almin cup and also trageically knocked out on pens in the HK.
180 Kinsey"Wales were given no chance last year and look what happened?"What? Wales were lauded to the rooftops...only denied a World Cup on a technicality. They managed to get the better of a universally derided team tipped to come fourth on the back of a good opportunist try and some defensive skullduggery. They won the 6N deservedly (just) but they were hot favourites...at least on the Beeb
Is this Callum Clark's last chance to establish himself as a first choice #1 now he is injured, considering the fine form of Tom Woods, Chris Robshaw, James Haskell etc...
Hi JeremyWith Matt Kvesic being called up to the England squad recently, what do you think Worcester Warriors need to do to keep players like him and Matt Mullan at the club and move up the table?
Hi Jeremy,who do you think are the favorites are for the 6 nations? personally i think it is going to be out of France and England as they seem to be playing the best and have better squads compared to the rest.also where can you see Wales finishing? i can see them struggling this year as they have had a poor autumn and their regional teams aren't playing as well as they could be.
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