World Rugby - Match discussions

No one posting about this round so…

Italy should have beaten France but drew…oh if that ball had not fallen off the tee.
Match drawn.
France are not that good.

Wales were better than the score suggested in Ireland but lacked creativity.
And Scotland got an expected win against England who are not very good either.
Still say they were denied victory over France.
In two weeks Wales play France.We might just sneak that one.
Been Irelands title since week one though.

Another big weekend of rugby….It’s Newport v Cardiff

Which is far more important than Wales v France!

Posted By: Dennis Bennett
Newport supporters always look forward to the next game but when the opponents are our friends from down the road, then our excitement level reaches the top of the scale. It is so fitting that the teams meet at Rodney Parade where these rivals have met many times and supporters have seen many great performances by famous players. This is one of the most famous club rivalries, definitely in Wales, certainly in the UK, and possibly in the world. A game at the Arms Park between these clubs once held the world attendance record for a club game. We won’t set any attendance records on Saturday but the excitement and passion will be there.

Cardiff are having a good season, lying fourth in the table and looking set for a place in the league play-offs. With Newport on a run of eight bonus point victories, the Blue & Blacks will need no more motivation than the thought of bringing that run to an end.

The coaches make only two changes to the starting fifteen against Pontypridd with Thomas Davies coming in at loose-head prop and Che Hope taking the scrum half position.

Newport: Thomas Davies, Henry Palmer, Nathan Evans, Rynard Landman, Josh Skinner, Rhys Jenkins, Josh Reid, Ben Roach Captain, Che Hope, Matt O’Brien, Lloyd Lewis, Chay Foster-Smith, Jon Morris, Elliot Frewen, Jac Lloyd.

Replacements: Wade Langley, Tom Workman, Garin Harris, Elliot Ferriman, Kyle Tayler, Luke Crane, Carwyn Penny, Iestyn Galton.

Referee: Keith David

AR1: Elfin Morris Roberts

AR2: David Cambourne

Kick-off: 2:30

Venue: Rodney Parade

Will take a Newport victory over Cardiff rather than a Welsh one any day.
We are chasing a home game in the play offs and play all three teams in the top four with us this month

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In this day and age of Pro rugby teams have no real identity as so many of the players did not grow up in the region have no connection to the people and move on once their career is over.
How many of the Newport team are born and raised Newportarians?

We are semi-pro and most of them come from Newport and the surrounding area.
I am a club shareholder from the surrounding area.
Apart from Rynard Landman…he’s South African but settled in the area after retiring from pro rugby.

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28-14 to Newport

Six Nations

So…umm….Super Saturday

Phil Steele
Happy ‘Super Saturday’ to all - or as it’s known in Wales this year: March 16th. :wink:

We’re on the crest of a slump at the moment, but keep the faith and remember that every great rugby journey begins with 1 win on the trot. :+1::wales:🏉

Will Gatland stay for the challenge ? one could do any better.
Wales is paying the price for introducing regional rugby and the latest attempt to ruin club rugby (Elite Domestic League next year with ten teams playing only 16 matches with three months of no rugby at all)will achieve nothing except to drive more supporters away from the game.
Pontypridd and Merthyr want nothing to with it,Cardiff may or not be in it and Neath have been refused entry.
It’s all a mess….
But my take on this years Six Nations is below.

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This year
Wales-We hadn’t won the Wooden Spoon for 21 years….
But three of the defeats were close and we were leading France after 50 minutes….it’s a young side.
Italy could have won four games….they should have beaten France and had England in trouble.
Could be serious title contenders.
France blew hot and cold…game of the tournament against England who continue to flatter to deceive.
Scotland improving but Irelands title from the off-although they faltered towards the end.
Had to work hard to secure the title.
The Rugby Europe Championship final is tonight ( 8 pm on Rugby Europe Tv)
It’s Georgia v Portugal.
But still no pathway into the Six Nations for them.
Lucky there isn’t relegation!

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It was much simpler before 1995

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It was.

After todays games…

Great win by Newport at Ebbw
Newport play Llandovery on Thursday live on you tube.

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Women’s Six Nations

Six nations continue to put the scores on the front of the videos!
Italy v England live on the BBC Sunday

Big result
Newport 89
Bridgend 26
Just saying…I was there.

Calendar for the year.

So, typical. New laws. :104: Possibly aimed at SA. Innovation curtailed by World rugby.

Dr. Erasmus will adapt :023:

What are the law changes from 1 July, 2024?

With a focus on both spectacle and safety and all geared towards the promotion of quick attacking ball, three law amendments will be operational across the game for competitions beginning after 1 July, 2024:

Onside from kicks in open play: In a rewrite of Law 10.7 relating to players being put onside from kicks in open play, it will no longer be possible for a player to be put onside when an opposition player catches the ball and runs five metres, or passes the ball. Laws 10.1 and 10.4 will make clear that offside players must make an attempt to retreat, creating space for the opposition team to play. This should reduce the amount of kick tennis in the game.

Free-kicks: Under Law 20.3, it will no longer be possible to choose a scrum from a free-kick. Free-kicks must either be tapped or kicked to encourage more ball in flow.

Banning the ‘crocodile roll’: The action of rolling/twisting/pulling of a player on their feet in the tackle area (the ‘crocodile roll’) will be outlawed, sanctioned by a penalty.

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Thought the last already was.
They seem determined to get rid of the scrum!
Soon there will no place for short,stumpy players as props and hookers will be a thing of the past.

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SA is all about physicality so I am interested to see what unfolds.

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Wales v South Africa at HQ

Yep…it’s at Twickers.
Why it isn’t in South Africa I have no idea.
Millennium Stadium in concert mode at this time of year.
Someone called Taylor Swift there tonight.

Warren Gatland has named his Wales side to face South Africa this weekend after being hit by a huge hammer blow.

Jac Morgan was expected to return to lead the side at Twickenham after missing the Six Nations while recovering from knee surgery - but has left the squad and is set for another spell on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury. In his absence, Dewi Lake will captain the side with Ellis Bevan making his international debut at scrum-half.

“He’s pretty gutted,” said Gatland when asked about Morgan’s absence. "He had a tight hamstring when he played against Munster so we’ve been looking after him but unfortunately he’s been ruled out. It gives him an opportunity to have a full pre-season.”

The Wales boss has also made a last-minute call-up, with Ospreys star James Ratti brought in to cover second row and across the back row. He is in line to make his Wales debut from the bench, as are the uncapped Eddie James and Jacob Beetham.

Lake will be joined in the front row by Gareth Thomas and Henry Thomas, with Dragons duo Matthew Screech and Ben Carter selected in the second row. Taine Plumtree starts at blindside flanker with James Botham - who was called into the squad yesterday - named at openside and Aaron Wainwright at No.8.

Liam Williams starts on the wing to make his first appearance since the World Cup, with Rio Dyer on the opposite flank and Cam Winnett at full-back. Sam Costelow is at fly-half with Mason Grady starting at 12 alongside Owen Watkin.

Gatland will be cutting down his 38-man roster to 34 after the game on Saturday, which is a double-header alongside the Barbarians’ clash with Fiji. Rassie Erasmus has also named his squad for the weekend, with four players in line to make their debuts and Pieter-Steph du Toit leading the side.

Wales XV: 15. Cameron Winnett, 14. Liam Williams, 13. Owen Watkin, 12. Mason Grady, 11. Rio Dyer; 10. Sam Costelow, 9. Ellis Bevan; 1. Gareth Thomas, 2. Dewi Lake (captain), 3. Henry Thomas, 4. Matthew Screech, 5. Ben Carter, 6. Taine Plumtree, 7. James Botham, 8. Aaron Wainwright.

Replacements: 16. Evan Lloyd, 17. Kemsley Mathias, 18. Kieron Assiratti, 19. James Ratti, 20. Mackenzie Martin, 21. Gareth Davies, 22. Eddie James, 23. Jacob Beetham

South Africa XV: Aphelele Fassi; Edwill van der Merwe, Jesse Kriel, Andre Estherhuizen, Makazole Mapimpi; Jordan Hendrikse, Faf de Klerk; Ox Nche, Malcolm Marx, Vincent Koch, Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Kwagga Smith, Pieter-Steph du Toit (C), Evan Roos.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Ntuthuko Mchunu, Frans Malherbe, Salmaan Moerat, Ben-Jason Dixon, Grant Williams, Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Damian de Allende.
Live on S4C in the UK.