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75 - Wyn Jones is 27. As a prop he should be reaching his best.
The players that are 30+ need to retire to allow new younger players to come in. Wales have to start thinking about the future now. If that means not being competitive for a year or so then so be it. Wales won't get anywhere bringing back Roberts. Wyn Jones should retire along with Biggar.
@73 blues1959 - they're rare in rugby. Probably why I get hopeful when I see an emerging player with that sort of talent. Mention of Mark Ring always takes me back to the Australia game in '91 WC though. Ring desperately trying to sidestep out of the 25 I seem to remember (when did it become 22 - forget!). Anyway best draw a veil over the whole thing ..... bbrrrrrr
@72 hopalong evening mate, thought the dancing boot type player was finished when Shane retired but fair play kolbe and possibly darcey Graham look if they could have the x factor! Must admit I watched Jarrod Evan's on the weekend he could possibly have it too but in a Mark Ring type centre role! As for y0 cap rule I think I'll reserve judgement for a while!
@70 evening blues1959 - yes he did & you're quite right. Don't think I'm alone in loving those players who have a bit of magic in their boots. Many from the 70s, Shane W, Robinson & Kolbe looks like one. MM seems a couple of ingredients short of whats neededOn the 60 cap rule - Wales have done well with it in place. The regions need support so I'd be cautious in making changes.
Bit sad this. Past best. Also style no longer needed now thankfully Warrenball gone or please gone and more creative intelligent attacking play introduced.
@52 hopalong re Matthew Morgan didnt gatland take him and was it Gareth Davies with the plan of running rings round the boks in the last quarter with their pace! Ddnt happen and Morgan seemed to disappear from the international scene after that!
Jamie Roberts should of gone to RWC, option off the bench...... If plan 'A' isn't working have plan 'B', get a big lad to smash it up the middleFans from other countries bang on about Warrenball but I wouldn't exactly call players like Henshaw, Bundee, Tuilagi, Fickou or any of the Wallabie centres as fleet footed or delicate
65 Daio 111 and 66 wizardBoth of you make v. good points, I know are right in a way. The Eng and French will flog them while paying them well and leave them too tired when it comes to internationals - no coincidence, E and F turn up at WC when the players have had lots of time to train and prepare without day jobs. WC or 6N is the question? Players are available/ready at WC, so WC it is.
I see Sam Warburton has joined the coaching team, l believe that is a step in the right direction. Also Byron Hayward is now officially on board.I wish Pivac well l think he will be ok
64 buckswelsh. Of course they should be able to go where they can, whilst they can, I have no problem with that. My argument is against any rule which tries to prevent that. As you rightly say scrapping it was a huge factor in SA winning the WC. All I'm saying is that if the WRU want to prevent players leaving they have to make it financially worthwhile for them to stay.
@64 buckswelsh Getting rid of the 60 cap rule would be manna from heaven for the English clubsIt would be a real risk to the viability of the regions. Sure more youngsters would get a chance but getting bladdered by Munster is no way to develop anyway Rugby is different from soccer because they need a recovery period between games. Eng treat their players badly but Wel players even worse
60 wizard"But I don't think authoritarian 60 cap rules are the answer."It's a useless rule. Let them go wherever and earn the best they can while they can. Forcibly keeping them in Wales is counter-productive. It prevents the natural flow of talent in waiting as their path is blocked further up the line. Rugby has to be an attractive career option, ie. money. SA WC champs binned it!
@57 Wizard - the comparison to SW was in relation to the size issue & being sidelined. SW 3rd choice 9 at the '03 wc until that game vs the ABs. Agree with the comments made about MM's current abilities & @53 Redneck you're right about Dan EMM isn't ahead of anyone in the squad currently. That's the frustration though - you can't turn most into sidestepping geniuses. The flip side though?
@52 Hopalongpropl have always been a fan of Matthew Morgan (reminds me of me 40 odd years ago🤣🙄)Sadly l do not think that he is quite good enough. He is not consistent and at times has struggled to get in the Blues starting lineup. I hope l am proved wrong mind
Never day never …. Jamie was a terrific player for a long while but to be honest has had precious little impact for Quins and Bath in recent seasons. Now might be the time to concentrate full time on the medicine.
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