Well done France, now then i havent felt this way for a while. Suddenly Wales don't look like a country who can compete on the World stage. Scotland must be licking their lips!!
He was coaching the other team. Quite the stupidest decision I can recall a national body making. His replacement has no international experience and looks out of his depth.Well done to Ireland and France.
I always thought Ireland would get the bonus point against Italy, they did that with ease.
Some good tries by France but I think Wales will be very disappointed with their defensive performance, normally very strong in that area.
If Ireland get a bonus point win in France, they will be deserving winners.
Shame England didn't have a practice game this weekend but I will be very disappointed if they don't get the bonus point against Italy.
Met him a few times as he did some business with my dad. He ran a comercial painting business. A Swansea full back worked with / for him. His name elludes me at the moment (Gwyn Evans maybe).Beat me to it salarchaser: i can remember his final few games, however like most of my generation i was brought up on the 70's rugby videos, and JJ was indeed an exceptional winger. As it happens his daughter married a local lad who i used to coach at youth level a good few years ago. Apparently JJ had been trying to fit the lad up with his daughter since they were 16, not many Dads do that!...but JJ obviously had a good eye for potential partners as well as gaps on the pitch. Condolences to his family and friends. Aled
The selection for that tour was to put it politely odd. It wasn't helped that Gerald Davies, David Duckham and Mike Gibson all made themselves unavailable for the tour for varying reasons. The other three wingers selected for the tour were not really up to the job - the reserve full back, Andy Irvine, was selected on the wing ahead of them in two tests. It left JJ as the main focus of the Lions attack. He did not let them down.Met him a few times as he did some business with my dad. He ran a comercial painting business. A Swansea full back worked with / for him. His name elludes me at the moment (Gwyn Evans maybe).
Got a few international tickets from that source.
Like many of the era he was multi talented, representing wales at athletics in the commonwealth games.
On the fast tracks in S Africa on the 74 lions tour he was unplayable.
Primarily a winger, I seem to recall him having a few outings in the centre.
Worth googling that tour, some brutal rugby, with finesse from the lions to go with it.
Not sure I Agee folks, I wouldn’t play Russel again. Any player thinks he’s bigger than the team is not worth having besides he’s so hot and cold. The odd brilliant snip is generally offset by poor play giving games away. I thought young Hastings was far more consistent and actually better each game. Exeter shows just what the Kiwis and Springbocks excel at, good set piece is the foundation that allows the clever bits to happenIt is alleged the team were allowed a couple beers after training. Despite players asking him to stop he kept drinking. Missed training the following morning.
Was told he should stay with the group but wouldn't he considered for the first game.
Took his ball home.