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The demise of the English club sides 
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It was one of the games I watched on this last weekend. The commdentator clearly said that there were only three Frenchmen in the starting line up. I think he mentioned 5 Georgians and a couple of South Africans & etc.
With that clue, maybe you can tell me which French team he was talking about. :D
I do not follow French rugby or for that matter England rugby. So it doesn't bother me that much.
I would be more than upset if one of our Regions started a match with only three Wales qualified players.


I am just telling you that your statement was incorrect and that you probably were referring to the Exeter/Mop match

I am not going further.

Wadr sort yourself out and use valid substantiated quotes and references,

The JIFF(the top14 process of trying to insist on ncreased french participation by the clubs) statistics which follow the ongoing averages v those required are available if you want to comment on the subject

As mentioned on the other end of the scale Racing are doing well in JIFF terms and their av is, I believe, 17.3 per squad but that may have changed.



Must be the most condescending post of the year to date by a country mile. ;)

Yeah, thought it was a bit of banter. :scratch: Maybe there’s history between them? :dontknow: I’ve been called precious a shitload of times but this is Gollum’s ring!

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Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:01 am
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I’ve been called precious a shitload of times but this is Gollum’s ring!


Definitely going to pinch this for future use

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Troron wrote:
loosechange wrote:
I’ve been called precious a shitload of times but this is Gollum’s ring!


Definitely going to pinch this for future use


Yes, stored for future use :thumbup:

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Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:31 am
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OK, so I got the wrong French club.
But I was right about Montpellier, was I not? :D
Montpellier only had three French players in their starting 15 against Exeter.
I apologise for getting the clubs mixed up but I do not follow French rugby.
Anyway, TP made his point, so let's get on with other matters. :occasion5:


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As an aside, it is interesting what Tony said about Glasgow doing so well in the Pro 14 but so poorly in Europe, as the Ospreys had the same conundrum year after year (ironically, in recent seasons it seems to be the other way round, but that's another matter). In addition, last season Exeter and Scarlets also won their respective leagues but did not even make the European quarter-finals.


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As an aside, it is interesting what Tony said about Glasgow doing so well in the Pro 14 but so poorly in Europe, as the Ospreys had the same conundrum year after year (ironically, in recent seasons it seems to be the other way round, but that's another matter). In addition, last season Exeter and Scarlets also won their respective leagues but did not even make the European quarter-finals.

Maybe a little difficult to 'big' the team up for both competitions. More especially when a coach needs to rest players with niggles.
Do you rest them for the league or for the cup? A big dilemma for Welsh Regions who do not have large enough player base with the required experience to compete at that level.


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najbritcol wrote:
As an aside, it is interesting what Tony said about Glasgow doing so well in the Pro 14 but so poorly in Europe, as the Ospreys had the same conundrum year after year (ironically, in recent seasons it seems to be the other way round, but that's another matter). In addition, last season Exeter and Scarlets also won their respective leagues but did not even make the European quarter-finals.

Maybe a little difficult to 'big' the team up for both competitions. More especially when a coach needs to rest players with niggles.
Do you rest them for the league or for the cup? A big dilemma for Welsh Regions who do not have large enough player base with the required experience to compete at that level.


It surely depends on how they progress during the season in either of them. Over the weekend, since they knew they were already out of Europe anyway, Leicester and Glasgow both fielded severely weakened teams and got thrashed accordingly. Depending on whether or not the Ospreys win on Saturday, perhaps Tandy will give up on the Pro 14 this season and field weakened teams, resting the best players for Europe instead.


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Tony Panties wrote:
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OK, so I got the wrong French club.
But I was right about Montpellier, was I not? :D
Montpellier only had three French players in their starting 15 against Exeter.
I apologise for getting the clubs mixed up but I do not follow French rugby.
Anyway, TP made his point, so let's get on with other matters. :occasion5:


You did post this in the Exeter / Mop Euro Cup stream at the time ;) :D


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The French team? A misnomer.
Only three Frenchmen in the starting lineup. :D


PS I must look up changing my Avatar to Gollums Ring :kermit:

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TP get over it. You made your point. :D


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