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Where do Wales go now?

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Wales began their World Cup preparation on Saturday in the worst possible way with a 62-5 loss away to England.

Although Wales had hoped to find a first win at Twickenham since 1988, talk had been about producing a "performance" that they could build on.

Instead came a record defeat that will surely put the Wales camp in disarray and shred morale.

What are the plus points, if any, that Wales can take out of the mauling and who put their hands up for a place in Gareth Jenkins' final 30-man squad?

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posted Aug 8, 2007

Can someone please tell me what is so complicated about a line-out? Surely it doesn't need a degree in quantum physics to work out a system where you can win most of the line-outs on your own throw, and even the odd one or two on the oppositions throw? After all they've only had a few years to pracice!

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posted Aug 8, 2007

I've bought 3 or 4 shirts over the past couple of seasons, changed at will by the WRU. each time a new shirt comes out I have to spend 50 to 70 per shirt and with 3 kids in tow its getting expensive. Add to that 45 per ticket, if you can manage to find one that's not in corporate hands and its a pretty penny being spent with the WRU. They are making a fortune and they should be spending it on improving our national team and the sport. Firstly they could send GJ to the barbers and get his hair cut in a style more befitting a national coach instead of that boufont he now sports. Secondly they should throw away all those Applemacs they spend all their time watching the simsons on and get them some tracksuits and chewing gum. I think the gum will help because I've seen Fergie at Man Utd chewing and they do quite well. Also its a little ironic that the management decided to kit the players out in skin tight shirts so that the opposition could not hold them back by their shirts ! you need the ball first.. numpties. A better plan would be to give them all shirts eight sizes too big and hope the opposition get caught up in them, like a drag net. It's Wednesday and the abuse in London is beginning to die down and like all proper Welshmen the cloud above my head is starting to evaporate and I'm starting to feel optomistic again. With the right selection and on our day we could beat anyone. I was there a year or so back at Cardiff when the mighty all blacks were torn apart by our backs only to lose in the last seconds of the game. Its no time to be sacking managers but come on GJ you owe us. Keep them there until the end of the world cup then bring back Mike Ruddock and let him be his own man

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posted Aug 8, 2007

Well said bardy. I was only just commenting on team selection. How many names do you think go into the hat before jenkins sticks his pin in? And does he do this when he is sober? If only Ruddock was still available - for a while I thought my boys in green would get him - but I think he had managed to get into double figures on the IQ testing and was automatically dispensed with. A score of 9 or less would have helped Wales greatly

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posted Aug 9, 2007

my dad said years ago that wales used to beat england even after the first world war because when the game came to wales it became the game of the people, they adopted it,but in england it was stil only being played in the colleges and universities, in other words it was a class thing,but he always said as soon as england get rid of the " old school tie" they will win everything,now in the last twenty years they have had all that talent to draw on,there is a chance that wales could be left in a backwater, along with scotland and ireland while england run off with the southern hemisphere lot, what a nightmare, I hope Im wrong...

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posted Aug 9, 2007

We couldn't have given England a better start to their campaign. As Eddie Butler sadi after another Wilkinson goal "they're all in the groove now" and he was right. They're off and running, we're nowhere

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posted Aug 9, 2007

andy

Your Dad was right.
I can remember when England's team was picked on a "class" basis.
The Welsh team was picked on ability, and in the good old days, players worked as miners, steelworkers etc.

Now, it saddens me to say that England have got their act together and left Welsh rugby far behind.

I've just read a report which stated that the WRU have given Jenkins a vote of confidence.
That's great news, in footballing terms it means he will be dumped straight after the WC ....... which is really too late.

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comment by bnmcvvx (U9285408)

posted Aug 9, 2007

it rubish because it is boring.

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posted Aug 9, 2007

bnmcvvx

very articulate!!!

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posted Aug 10, 2007

bnmcvvx..

very interesting...but stoopid...!!

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comment by Andy (U2939918)

posted Aug 10, 2007

"Where do Wales go now?"

Well we start by picking a team of international standard players...

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