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meh, solid but that is one crowded infirmary...

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Eaton, Vito and Holmes 3 of the main operators this season for LAR. :?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:52 pm 
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How close is that to a first choice XV for La Rochelle dork, just the 3 main players out?

I don't think Gloucester have much for them, do you?


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Gloucester Rugby:

15. Tom Marshall; 14. Jonny May, 13. Henry Trinder, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. David Halaifonua; 10. Billy Burns, 9. Willi Heinz (capt); 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Richard Hibbard, 3. John Afoa; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Jeremy Thrush; 6. Ross Moriarty, 7. Jacob Rowan, 8. Ben Morgan

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16. Motu Matu'u, 17. Paddy McAllister, 18. Yann Thomas, 19. Mariano Galarza, 20. Lewis Ludlow, 21. Greig Laidlaw, 22. Billy Twelvetrees, 23. Charlie Sharples


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:01 pm 
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Rugby2023 wrote:
How close is that to a first choice XV for La Rochelle dork, just the 3 main players out?

I don't think Gloucester have much for them, do you?

as you can tell looking at the infirmary there, those 3 players are key, not just for their actual Rugby but with their leadership. Eaton and Vito. Holmes is a starter too in the backlines, Forbes at hooker and that lock pairing is not first choice, Cedaro which they have on the bench for impact is the first choice. Botia in the back row is also obviously just a fix, although (successfully) implemented for a few weeks now.

Gloucester ? Looking at their Prem standing they're 8th currently but the 7 in front are all good teams. La Rochelle may be first domestically and at home but they're a very young team with no knock-out experience whatsoever at any level, and it's exactly guys like Vito and Eaton that would give them that stability and mindset. Brock James, thankfully, is there and starting, he'll settle the team. But there is some good int'l experience in front: Hibbard, Ben Morgan, Moriarty, Thrush and Jonny May for e.g., and then the likes of Laidlaw and Twelvetrees to finish off the game.


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meh, solid but that is one crowded infirmary...

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Eaton, Vito and Holmes 3 of the main operators this season for LAR. :?

Your team link pic (twing) does not show.

Anyway, good to see both Rattez and self-harmer Lacroix back on the wings.


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Dork Lard wrote:
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How close is that to a first choice XV for La Rochelle dork, just the 3 main players out?

I don't think Gloucester have much for them, do you?

as you can tell looking at the infirmary there, those 3 players are key, not just for their actual Rugby but with their leadership. Eaton and Vito. Holmes is a starter too in the backlines, Forbes at hooker and that lock pairing is not first choice, Cedaro which they have on the bench for impact is the first choice. Botia in the back row is also obviously just a fix, although (successfully) implemented for a few weeks now.

Gloucester ? Looking at their Prem standing they're 8th currently but the 7 in front are all good teams. La Rochelle may be first domestically and at home but they're a very young team with no knock-out experience whatsoever at any level, and it's exactly guys like Vito and Eaton that would give them that stability and mindset. Brock James, thankfully, is there and starting, he'll settle the team. But there is some good int'l experience in front: Hibbard, Ben Morgan, Moriarty, Thrush and Jonny May for e.g., and then the likes of Laidlaw and Twelvetrees to finish off the game.

Cheers DL.

Gloucester couldn't win at Newcastle Falcons, La Rochelle injuries notwithstanding it's difficult to see how they're going to travel to the Top 14 leaders and win over there. We'll see though, it does seem a relatively strong Gloucester side.


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Rugby2023 wrote:
Cheers DL.

Gloucester couldn't win at Newcastle Falcons, La Rochelle injuries notwithstanding it's difficult to see how they're going to travel to the Top 14 leaders and win over there. We'll see though, it does seem a relatively strong Gloucester side.

indeed, but I reckon it's exactly in such games the int'l caps produce a rare glow and pull a consistently weakish team out of the domestic routine, especially against very heterogeneous Rugby outfits like French Rugby club La Rochelle. And they're really quite a unicorn themselves, never should've ended first of the table so quickly, remember they weren't even top 6/playoffs qualified just last season.

I'm going to go with La Rochelle, but absolutely with some reserve.


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Ah, La Rochelle. The favoured city of French textbooks of my school days.


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i see 4 fijians, 2 south africans and possibly one Australian, one italian in the la rochelle 23, i thought there was a limit to marquee players in the ERC?


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Ah, La Rochelle. The favoured city of French textbooks of my school days.

Great place for rugby, sailing and seafoods, but forget about it in the summer or even some off season weekends, it's so crowded.


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Ah, La Rochelle. The favoured city of French textbooks of my school days.

Great place for rugby, sailing and seafoods, but forget about it in the summer or even some off season weekends, it's so crowded.


I visited about 15 years ago. It seemed rather nice.


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Only have good memories of Glaws, Mike Teagues bar is a great spot around a game.


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lexpat wrote:
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Ah, La Rochelle. The favoured city of French textbooks of my school days.

Great place for rugby, sailing and seafoods, but forget about it in the summer or even some off season weekends, it's so crowded.

Ile de Re gets mental.


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The Man Without Fear wrote:
lexpat wrote:
The Man Without Fear wrote:
Ah, La Rochelle. The favoured city of French textbooks of my school days.

Great place for rugby, sailing and seafoods, but forget about it in the summer or even some off season weekends, it's so crowded.


I visited about 15 years ago. It seemed rather nice.

It's lovely. As are much of the surrounds. Enough to make me consider retiring to the area.


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Torquemada 1420 wrote:
The Man Without Fear wrote:
lexpat wrote:
The Man Without Fear wrote:
Ah, La Rochelle. The favoured city of French textbooks of my school days.

Great place for rugby, sailing and seafoods, but forget about it in the summer or even some off season weekends, it's so crowded.


I visited about 15 years ago. It seemed rather nice.

It's lovely. As are much of the surrounds. Enough to make me consider retiring to the area.


Consider this

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lexpat wrote:
Torquemada 1420 wrote:
The Man Without Fear wrote:
lexpat wrote:
The Man Without Fear wrote:
Ah, La Rochelle. The favoured city of French textbooks of my school days.

Great place for rugby, sailing and seafoods, but forget about it in the summer or even some off season weekends, it's so crowded.


I visited about 15 years ago. It seemed rather nice.

It's lovely. As are much of the surrounds. Enough to make me consider retiring to the area.


Consider this

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Out of my budget. Couldn't afford the renovation and the helicopter to get there.


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Commentary just mentioned that Antonio played lock last week. Cant think of the last time I've heard of a player at pro level doing that


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Moriarty needs to justify his Lions inclusion today :nod:


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Moriarty needs to justify his Lions inclusion today :nod:

No he really doesn't tbh. He has been picked and I bet he is chuffed. For a lad that has just turned 23 being picked ahead of seasoned internationals like Robshaw it's quite amazing.


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What is Heinz meant to do there? He's being held in by the collar.


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Should have been red for that


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They not fancy looking at that then? Jesus


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They not fancy looking at that then? Jesus

TMO will bottle it, he'd be lynched by this crowd.


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If that is not red, this match will not be worth watching.


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Ah comms were down.


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earl the beaver wrote:
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They not fancy looking at that then? Jesus

TMO will bottle it, he'd be lynched by this crowd.


Yellow given. He's the fattest lock I've ever seen playing rugby at this level.

French rugby x(


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Another brain dead player.


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shoulder drop to a prone player, typical French thuggery.


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Utterly brainless from the La Rochelle forward.


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Margin_Walker wrote:
earl the beaver wrote:
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They not fancy looking at that then? Jesus

TMO will bottle it, he'd be lynched by this crowd.


Yellow given. He's the fattest lock I've ever seen playing rugby at this level.

French rugby x(

Having a big lock who doesn't jump is pretty common in the T14 from what I remember. Tchale-Watchou, Tekori etc


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Not watching but I presume we're talking about Qovu here? He's always been a tub of lard.


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La Rochelle haven't looked much like Top 14 leaders thus far.


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The first 15 minutes have shown why May wasn't in the Lions mix.

Also Thrush, I don't think I've ever seen a secondrow stand on the wing so much.

Moriarty carries with anger, it's good to see.


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Diego wrote:
Not watching but I presume we're talking about Qovu here? He's always been a tub of lard.


Yep, he's especially rotund.


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The first 15 minutes have shown why May wasn't in the Lions mix.

Also Thrush, I don't think I've ever seen a secondrow stand on the wing so much.

Moriarty carries with anger, it's good to see.


Not being a first choice England winger might explain that.


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The first 15 minutes have shown why May wasn't in the Lions mix.

Also Thrush, I don't think I've ever seen a secondrow stand on the wing so much.

Moriarty carries with anger, it's good to see.


Not being a first choice England winger might explain that.

He was not so long ago.

Telegraph had him in their "nearly" lions article and the independent had him in their post AIs Lions team.


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May's a bit of a fanny. Will score the odd wonder try, but doesn't offer enough for me.


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