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(BBC)   It's the first weekend of the Six Nations. Which French team will turn up against England? Will Ireland snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Scotland? Can Italy continue their run as mighty underdogs and finally silence the Welsh-please?   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 26
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2014-02-01 11:21:01 AM
Subby is obviously English, so can shut their mouth

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Having said that, decent performance from Italy. We'll need to do better than that in Dublin
 
2014-02-01 11:28:35 AM
If I need a crumpet to understand cricket, what snack food do I need to understand rugby?
 
2014-02-01 11:46:54 AM
Up the Irish
 
2014-02-01 11:50:54 AM

ArkAngel: If I need a crumpet to understand cricket, what snack food do I need to understand rugby?


Beer.  Rugby is much less complex and much more fun to watch than football.  The real intricacies are penalties in the rucks and scrums that you won't understand at first but make sense after watching a match or two.
 
2014-02-01 12:19:38 PM
My younger brother was walking down a street in London wearing his Ireland rugby jersey. Our mother had just died so he was, to say the least, not in  a very tolerant mood. He passed a group who, seeing his shirt, started giving him some abuse. After I don't know how many 'Paddys' and 'Micks' and 'Taigs' he had had enough and and shouted something back. Naturally they turned and began chasing him. He ran a few blocks, turned a corner and ran into a huge Australian standing outside a pub having a smoke. He rounded on my brother ready to take him apart, saw the jersey and stopped. My brother quickly explained  'My mam just died, I said something to these guys and now they're chasing me.' The Aussie just said 'Right, you're with us', opened the pub door and called out the rest of his rugby club. The gang of Londoners rounded the corner to find 20 gigantic, bruised, bandaged and inebriated Australian rugby players waiting for them. They turned on their heels and left.

And that's why I love rugby.
 
2014-02-01 12:24:49 PM
Just tuning in. Who won Wales/Italy?
 
2014-02-01 12:27:22 PM
Whar in US, whar?
 
2014-02-01 12:31:23 PM

ukexpat: Whar in US, whar?


http://gofirstrowus.eu/sport/rugby.html

That being said, the Frogs are up 16-3
 
2014-02-01 12:45:24 PM
Bad form Mr. Farrell. Johnny would have converted that one.
 
2014-02-01 12:46:21 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: ukexpat: Whar in US, whar?

http://gofirstrowus.eu/sport/rugby.html

That being said, the Frogs are up 16-3


Not working on iPhone - stream link redirects to iTunes to download spotify...WTF isn't BBC America broadcasting it this year?
 
2014-02-01 01:01:21 PM

ukexpat: .WTF isn't BBC America broadcasting it this year?


The logo on the feed I'm watching is beIN sports.
 
2014-02-01 01:13:45 PM
Poms up 17-16
 
2014-02-01 01:19:53 PM

Crewmannumber6: Naturally they turned and began chasing him.


Uh, no.  Rugby fans are not like that.  That reaction is unnatural.  You're talking about a game where there's no segregation of fans and every game (at least in my 23 years of attending and playing rugby matches) is typified by serious commitment on the pitch and loads of banter off of it, where everything, including punch-ups, is left "on the pitch".  Is your brother sure he didn't say something to England football fans?  That I could believe.
 
2014-02-01 01:22:39 PM
Lovely from Danny Care.
 
2014-02-01 01:24:06 PM
21-16 England at 58 minutes.
 
2014-02-01 01:27:49 PM

The Envoy: Crewmannumber6: Naturally they turned and began chasing him.

Uh, no.  Rugby fans are not like that.  That reaction is unnatural.  You're talking about a game where there's no segregation of fans and every game (at least in my 23 years of attending and playing rugby matches) is typified by serious commitment on the pitch and loads of banter off of it, where everything, including punch-ups, is left "on the pitch".  Is your brother sure he didn't say something to England football fans?  That I could believe.


I don't think they were rugby fans, I think they were more 'not Irish' fans. The story was more about the Aussie club standing up for him.
 
2014-02-01 01:37:00 PM

Crewmannumber6: The Envoy: Crewmannumber6: Naturally they turned and began chasing him.

Uh, no.  Rugby fans are not like that.  That reaction is unnatural.  You're talking about a game where there's no segregation of fans and every game (at least in my 23 years of attending and playing rugby matches) is typified by serious commitment on the pitch and loads of banter off of it, where everything, including punch-ups, is left "on the pitch".  Is your brother sure he didn't say something to England football fans?  That I could believe.

I don't think they were rugby fans, I think they were more 'not Irish' fans. The story was more about the Aussie club standing up for him.


Sorry, I didn't get that on first reading, my fault.  I think rugby fans of any nation are a rare breed of sports fan in that the game takes precedence over anything and the camaraderie is something I find really special.  You can have a good bit of banter and argy bargy on or off the pitch and as soon as that whistle goes you're buying each other drinks.  Anyway, your brother made a bad choice, as everybody knows Aussie rugby players are just gigantic pussies anyway!
 
2014-02-01 02:09:04 PM
Shiat! I stepped away from my machine for a few minutes and the facking Frogs pulled it off!
 
2014-02-01 02:40:27 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: Shiat! I stepped away from my machine for a few minutes and the facking Frogs pulled it off!


Suceurs de bitte.
 
2014-02-01 03:16:32 PM

ukexpat: Suceurs de bitte.


Heh! I didn't have a dog in the hunt* but it must have been a crazy finish.

*All Blacks  fan
 
2014-02-01 05:15:43 PM
So that means it's almost Birling Day!
 
2014-02-02 08:59:18 AM
I just want to point out that in America this weekend, an M&M is twerking.

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2014-02-02 10:23:07 AM

ukexpat: Dancin_In_Anson: ukexpat: Whar in US, whar?

http://gofirstrowus.eu/sport/rugby.html

That being said, the Frogs are up 16-3

Not working on iPhone - stream link redirects to iTunes to download spotify...WTF isn't BBC America broadcasting it this year?


Nope. All games are PPV. Brilliant way to grow Northern Hemisphere rugby in the US :(.
 
2014-02-02 02:14:39 PM

ArkAngel: If I need a crumpet to understand cricket, what snack food do I need to understand rugby?


It's the parent sport of American football, so I'd suggest choking on a pretzel like Dubya did when he was watching that game.
 
2014-02-03 08:26:31 AM
Gotta dig the rugby culture.

I was in my wife's ride broken down 1 town over from where we live, waiting for AAA.  An SUV pulls up and asks if they could help. He'd seen the rugby stickers (both my sons play) on the car and was from the next town over's rugby club.

Rugby in the US is about where lacrosse (or stickball, as we call it) was about 15-20 years ago. It's coming on, slowly but surely.
 
2014-02-03 06:20:04 PM

Moopy Mac: All games are PPV. Brilliant way to grow Northern Hemisphere rugby in the US :(.


My kids and I got hooked when it was free on Fox Sports World...2003 maybe? Sure wish we could get some more on the big screen at home but I'll watch on First Row on the work machine if I must.
 
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